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2019 Los Angeles Rams roster preview: OL Chandler Brewer ready to beat the opposition the way he beat cancer

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After earning First Team All-C-USA honors and beating cancer, can Brewer make the Rams’ roster?

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The Los Angeles Rams’ offensive line has some things to figure out following the departures of G Rodger Saffold III and C John Sullivan. While the starters seem to be set with the duo from the 2018 NFL Draft in OL Joseph Noteboom and Brian Allen, the battle for depth now opens up as they climb the ladder.

The Rams broke their historic pattern of taking 10 OL on the 53-man roster by only keeping eight on last year’s 53-man. So with probably only one spot open, players like undrafted free agent OL Chandler Brewer will have to try their best.

Brewer has been a fixture for the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders’ OL as a four-year starter. A surprising fact is that he’s been a team captain for two seasons and oh yeah, he battled lymphoma.

He definitely has an uphill battle to the make the roster, but he’s won against something much more daunting.

Roster Battle

The edge in depth battles goes to draft picks. So 2019 NFL Draft picks in OL Bobby Evans and OL David Edwards likely have a leg up among the non-starters.

So Brewer’s fellow competitors are OL Brandon Hitner (roster preview), OL Jeremiah Kolone (roster preview), 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 versatility, so whoever can probably play at least two positions will take the lead for the spot (maybe two) left for the OL allocation.

Expectations

Not a ton, but having beaten lymphoma he’ll have fan support.

Chances of Making the Final Roster (2/10)

Brewer is a great story, and he has my support as someone who played through something so serious as cancer. That being said, it’s a numbers game and the Rams simply do not have a lot of opportunity for many of their position groups.