The photo above is from week one, the last time that the St. Louis Rams’ offensive line looked the way it was intended to coming into the 2012 season. That could change on Sunday when offseason free agent signing center Scott Wells returns to the lineup. Although the components have changed since that week one configuration, the Rams figure to have a much stronger assembly when Wells rejoins the group in the trenches.
Since Wells suffered a broken foot in the season opener, Robert Turner has filled in for him at the center position. His tenacity has been very beneficial to the team and that will likely continue even once Wells returns to the lineup. Versatility is Turner’s main asset as he is capable of playing either guard position or the center spot in a pinch. Left guard has been a problem spot for the Rams and starter for the last four weeks, Shelley Smith, has struggled of late and figures to be replaced by Turner now that Wells returns.
Being the son of a coach, Turner really appeals to the man in charge with the Rams in Jeff Fisher and his hard-nosed mentality. According to Fisher: “Rob, gosh, he just filled right in from the get go. He’s keeping everybody calm and makes the calls and adjustments.” Certainly Wells will reclaim the job of making line calls, but Turner’s vast knowledge and skill remaining on the line will be a huge boost to a front five in desperate need of help.
With Wells becoming active again, the Rams released special teamer and fullback Brit Miller. He became much more expendable with the continued development of tight end Lance Kendricks who can assume the fullback spot when necessary.
Quarterback Sam Bradford will have to get used to a new center this week, but that won’t be a problem if he has better pass protection as a result. The Rams will welcome back their biggest offseason addition with open arms and hope to see a boost in offensive production now that the offensive line is back to normal.
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