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2019 Los Angeles Rams roster preview: OL Jeremiah Kolone’s lonely

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From the Bay to LA. Can Kolone stake a claim to a roster spot?

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The Los Angeles Rams’ offensive line is in a state of flux after the departure of G Rodger Saffold III via free agency and C John Sullivan’s release.

The initial holes have likely been filled with second-year players OL Joseph Noteboom and OL Brian Allen stepping into starting roles along the interior. That does, however, leave space open for depth competition. In part of the depth rebuild, General Manager Les Snead & Co. were proactive and drafted OL Bobby Evans and OL David Edwards.

Where does that leave the rest of the Big Mollies? That remains to be seen

The Rams started the 2018 season with just eight linemen on the 53-man roster.

With such tight margins, former San Jose State Spartans OG Jeremiah Kolone is one of the linemen looking to edge his foes out.

Roster Battle

OL Brandon Hitner (roster preview), OL Chandler Brewer, OL Matt Kaskey (roster preview), and OL Vitas Hrynkiewicz (roster preview). Those are the incoming linemen all along the interior. Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach/Co-Offensive Coordinator Aaron Kromer likes to cross-train his big men. So essentially, it means the whole wad of big fellas are duking it out heavyweight-style for a spot or two.

Expectations

Kolone came in as an undrafted rookie in 2018 out of the Mountain West. With most of his work done at guard, Kolone has a lot to build on. As mentioned above, Kromer likes his big men to be versatile. That is something Jeremiah has not shown to posses. To make is way out of the practice squad, increased skill/versatility is key. Major Key.

(Shout out DJ Khaled)

Chances of Making the Final Roster (2/10)

Ok, so the Rams like versatility from O-linemen. Unfortunately for Kolone, his resume does not display much positional variability. That works against Kolone, but let’s see if he can make waves in training camp or the preseason.