(FootballStL) -- Keeping Sam Bradford upright will be a major priority for a Rams team with playoff hopes.
The Rams will have the youngest team in the NFL for the second year in a row. The offensive line will be their most experienced unit.
At 28 years old, Left Tackle Jake Long is looking to return to Pro Bowl form after two injury plagued seasons in Miami. Long missed four games last season because of a torn triceps muscle. In 2001, Long missed two games with a back injury.
Center Scott Wellis is 32 years old, and missed nine games last season with a foot injury. So far, Wells has had a healthy training camp.
Right Guard Harvey Dahl missed the final two regular season games with a triceps injury, while Rodger Saffold will sit out at least two preseason games with a shoulder injury.
After playing his first three years at left tackle, Saffold was hurt last Thursday in Cleveland in his first game at right tackle, on the Rams first offensive possession.
However, the biggest battle for a job comes at left guard between 6’6”, 320 pound Chris Williams and 6’2” 297 pound Shelley Smith. Meanwhile, Joe Barksdale has shown versatility at the interior line positions, and will serve as backup for both guard spots.
Even though the Rams offensive line brings experience to the table, health will be the key question mark for a group that had injury issues last season.