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Rams position battles: Interior offensive line

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Who starts at center and the two guard spots next season?

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I’ve run through four potential training camp battles for the LA Rams so far but have yet to officially hit the offensive line, which is where many eyes will be fixed coming the alleged 2020 training camp. Specifically on the interior, where at least eight players could be fighting for three jobs.

We’ve touched on this in the recent past at Turf Show Times and now seems as good as any to put it to a vote and add this group to the position battles section.

Both NFL.com and ProFootballFocus have projected Austin Corbett to start at left guard for the Rams next season. They also both have Austin Blythe starting on the inside, but Gregg Rosenthal sees him as a right guard whereas PFF had him at center. Comments here at TST have so far looked to quiet down any talk of Brian Allen starting again. as Rosenthal suggested.

Also competing at guard will be 2018 third round pick Joseph Noteboom, who started the first six games last season before tearing his ACL and MCL. Sean McVay said at the combine that Noteboom was “on track” to be ready for the start of the season, but downgrading his ability to win a starting gig this offseason would be understandable.

David Edwards was projected to start at right guard by PFF and the 2019 fifth rounder started 10 games there last season. His most likely competition there is Blythe, if he doesn’t win the job at center, Noteboom, 2019 third rounder Bobby Evans if he moves inside, and potentially seventh round rookie Tremayne Anchrum. Of course, if a seventh rounder can compete, we can’t discount UDFA Cohl Cabral, a college center.

Coleman Shelton, Jamil Demby, Jeremiah Kolone, and Nate Trewyn round out the roster.

Groups I have touched on so far:

Nickel cornerback

Wide receiver 3

Starting running back

First option at tight end

Poll

Who is most likely to start at left guard in 2020?

This poll is closed

  • 59%
    Austin Corbett
    (249 votes)
  • 5%
    Austin Blythe
    (23 votes)
  • 19%
    Joseph Noteboom
    (81 votes)
  • 12%
    David Edwards
    (52 votes)
  • 2%
    Other
    (11 votes)
416 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who is most likely to start at center in 2020?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Brian Allen
    (27 votes)
  • 77%
    Austin Blythe
    (268 votes)
  • 6%
    Austin Corbett
    (21 votes)
  • 2%
    Shelton Coleman
    (10 votes)
  • 5%
    Cohl Cabral
    (19 votes)
  • 0%
    Other
    (3 votes)
348 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who is most likely to start at right guard in 2020?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Austin Blythe
    (13 votes)
  • 4%
    Austin Corbett
    (14 votes)
  • 5%
    Joseph Noteboom
    (18 votes)
  • 69%
    David Edwards
    (232 votes)
  • 15%
    Bobby Evans
    (53 votes)
  • 0%
    Other
    (2 votes)
332 votes total Vote Now