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Countdown to Camp PM #5: Which departing Los Angeles Rams will be missed the most?

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It’s the last go for several Rams. Who will be missed the most?

Los Angeles Rams DL Michael Brockers prior to the Week 16 game against the Arizona Cardinals, Dec. 23, 2018.
Los Angeles Rams DL Michael Brockers prior to the Week 16 game against the Arizona Cardinals, Dec. 23, 2018.
Photo by Adam Bow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As we near the opening of training camp for the 2019 Los Angeles Rams, we’re counting down the top storylines.


While going through the major storylines this week during the day, we’ll have open threads up every evening polling TSTers’ takes on that day’s narrative.

Today, we talked about the Rams playing on the final year of their contract and the likelihood that so many of them are playing their final seasons for the Rams.

There are three to zero in on that I’m near-certain will be gone last year.

And all of them will be sorely missed.

DL Michael Brockers

Brockers was drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, the very first selection by Rams General Manager Les Snead. A mammoth out of LSU, Brockers has long manned the trenches doing the dirty work that doesn’t show up in traditional statistics. And while Aaron Donald has been the face most fans and certainly most non-Rams fans recognize, Brockers has been the heart and soul of the unit.

A picture’s worth a thousand words:

DL Michael Brockers hypes up the Los Angeles Rams prior to Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots, Feb. 3, 2019.
DL Michael Brockers hypes up the Los Angeles Rams prior to Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots, Feb. 3, 2019.
Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

CB Aqib Talib

Talib is still going at it after 11 seasons in the league. While he was incredibly productive in his early years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was the moves to the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos that solidified him as one of the league’s best with five Pro Bowls on his resume. That he’s still playing at such a high level at 33-years old is a testament to his athleticism and professionalism to stay in football shape.

LT Andrew Whitworth

Many point to the hiring of Head Coach Sean McVay being the most integral move to turning the Rams around in 2017. I might instead go with the best left tackle the Rams have had since Orlando Pace.

Whit almost single-handedly transformed a line in 2016 that was among the NFL’s worst to a unit that last year won the Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Year award (which is THE MOST NFL name possible for an award). The 2018 Rams line was the best overall offensive line the Rams have ever employed since I’ve been a fan starting in the late 1980, and it was only possible with and because of Big Whit.


Which of the three will be missed the most for their on-field pursuits but also from fans’ perspective?

Poll

Which departing Ram will you miss most?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    DL Michael Brockers
    (143 votes)
  • 4%
    CB Aqib Talib
    (31 votes)
  • 72%
    LT Andrew Whitworth
    (460 votes)
634 votes total Vote Now