Snap judgments: On the line for Rams

June, 17, 2013
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

Wide receiver, running back and safety are three frequently discussed areas where the St. Louis Rams will have a decidedly fresh look in 2013.

The offensive line is one position where the team could find needed stability through a mixture of new players and incumbents returning from injuries.

The Rams' roster currently features offensive linemen responsible for an NFC West-low 48 percent of 2012 snaps. Robert Turner, Barry Richardson, Wayne Hunter and Quinn Ojinnaka are gone from the roster after making 41 of 80 starts on the line.

Jake Long takes over at left tackle, allowing incumbent Rodger Saffold to play on the right side. That pairing could project as starters for the long term, health permitting. Both players have had injury issues in recent seasons. Saffold is unsigned beyond 2013, making this an important season for him.

Scott Wells is back at center and should be healthy enough to practice during the season, a change from 2012. Chris Williams, Shelley Smith and Rokevious Watkins are among the players competing to start at left guard opposite veteran Harvey Dahl.