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The rams donate Allen a longer look in search of the starting position

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Irvine, California. (Associated Press) — Just when it looked as if the Los Angeles Rams’ offensive line had been mapped out, there is now uncertainty in the middle of the fore five.

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Rams coach Sean McVeigh said Brian Allen will see more time at the center as Unit One advances, with Austin Corbett slipping off guard following lining up almost exclusively at the center during off-season training and at the start of training camp.

“We’re still in the middle of evaluating what it looks like, figuring out the best combination of those five guys up fore, but the way Brian has consistently played throughout camp. … We also know Corbett can be a really pleasing right-back. McVeigh said on Monday.” It really is a reflection of how well Brian is doing, and we will persevere to evaluate.”

The Rams have to replace Austin Blythe, who helped stabilize the streak by moving to the center final season but left on free agency to sign a one-year contract with Kansas City in March.

Allen was selected in the fourth round of the 2018 draft with the idea that he would be the successor to veteran John Sullivan. The Michigan State producer took a year behind Sullivan that season, appearing in 13 games without starting.

Allen took charge at the center in 2019, starting nine games prior suffering a major knee injury that ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, MCL, meniscus and fractured shin bone. It was a lengthy and firm recovery, and it was exacerbated when Allen tested positive for COVID-19 in April 2020.

McVeigh said Allen’s improvement recently coincided with improved health.

“If you look at Brian Allen, he looks physically impressive,” McVeigh said. “He’s powerful, he’s powerful. You can really see all the work he’s done, and I think you can see he’s feeling really pleasing following being away for another year with that knee injury.”

The increase in Allen’s reps comes following the Rams did a joint workout with the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday in Oxnard, California. Corbett fought occasionally in center play in this exercise, and one criticized McVay for lack of coherence from the offense.

“We have enough players who have played a lot of football, and I want us to be a bit sharper in our overall execution from moment to moment,” McVeigh said. “We might be playing well, but the pleasing offenders, they’re always playing pleasing play following the next, and I don’t think we’ve done as well as I expect us to do.”

McVeigh said the Rams will persevere to experience Allen and Corbett at the center for their final practice at UC Irvine on Tuesday prior returning to their facilities in Thousand Oaks, California, for the remainder of pre-season, “whether it’s a 60-40 or 50-50 split.”

Corbett has started 23 games guarding Los Angeles since getting him on a deal from Cleveland in October 2019.

Another potential option, Coleman Shelton, is to deal with a toe injury, McVeigh said. Chilton, who is entering his third season outside of Washington, has had some work in the center in the spring.

While McVay would like to know the position as soon as conceivable, he doesn’t think any delay in deciding the best option will bother starting quarterback Matthew Stafford.

“It’s still beforetime days and we haven’t had many opportunities to want to put sanitary pads on it, especially for these guys up fore,” McVeigh said. “But I think Matthew has a pleasing relationship with these two guys. Definitely don’t underestimate that, but what feels really pleasing is that we have two players that we feel confident can start in the position for us.”

Notes: DL Sebastian Joseph-Day did not exercise on Monday following sustaining an ankle injury in the joint workout with the Cowboys. McVeigh said Joseph Day’s absence was largely precautionary. McVeigh said…OLB Terrell Lewis did not train because his knee was “behaving again.” Lewis, who tore his ACL in 2018 in Alabama, was limited to eight games as a rookie due to persistent knee issues and an ankle injury.


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