Pro Football Focus’ Mark Chichester dropped his biggest battles for training camp across the NFL today, and his pick for the Los Angeles Rams hones in on the hole left by Rodger Saffold III:
Los Angeles Rams
Left guard — Joseph Noteboom vs. Bobby Evans vs. David Edwards
One of the league’s best offensive lines from a season ago has seen some considerable turnover over recent months. Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein will remain as one of the league’s best offensive tackle duos, but other than that, things remain fluid. Priority No. 1 is to find a replacement for left guard Rodger Saffold, who flew the nest in free agency. Noteboom has only 79 snaps worth of experience at the NFL, but its exactly 79 snaps more than both Evans and Edwards, who join the team as third- and fifth-round rookies, respectively. But the Rams have every reason to feel quietly confident about Noteboom heading into camp — he earned an 88.8 pass-blocking grade and allowed zero pressures playing a mixture of tackle and guard last season.
It’s either the offensive line or the linebacking corps with everything else looking set. That the Rams have so few training camp battles is a testament to the strength of the roster overall.