Depth a Big Problem on the Offensive Line

Once considered strength of the team, the offensive line of the St. Louis Rams could face some serious issues in the weeks leading into the 2004 season. All-Pro offensive left tackle Orlando Pace is without a contract, starting center Dave Wohlabaugh is limited in practice with a hip injury, the Rams can least afford another cog in the wheel to go down.

The wheel is not rolling smoothly in St. Louis as starting offensive right tackle Kyle Turley is unable to practice due to recurring issues with his back.

Backup OT Grant Williams is filling in for Pace, backup offensive tackle Scott Tercero is filling in for Turley, and starting offensive left guard Andy McCollum has slid over to center to fill in for Wohlabaugh.

To help provide depth to their injured line, the club reached a one-year contract with free agent offensive lineman Greg Randall. Although he's only 26 years old, Randall is with his fourth team (New England, Houston, San Francisco, and St. Louis) in three seasons. The good news is that he started all 16 games for Houston last season so if needed, he's capable of starting. The Rams are also considering signing former Arizona Cardinals lineman Chris Dishman, who has plenty of starting experience.

The bottom line for the Rams is relatively simple, they must have Pace in before the season starts. Williams has the ability to hold the fort down for a few games, but asking him to step into a fulltime starting role spells trouble in St. Louis.

The same should be said about Robinson, if Turley is unable to play the Rams will face issues along the offensive line due to the shuffling which will take place.

For this Rams team to Pace and Turley in the lineup are a must if they are going to have the outstanding passing game the league has grown accustomed to.

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