When Les Snead and Sean McVay ignored the middle place within the 2021 draft, followers had been up in arms in regards to the obtrusive gap in the midst of the offensive line. Austin Blythe signed with the Chiefs, leaving the Rams with few choices at heart.
Austin Corbett was on observe to maneuver from proper guard to heart and obtained reps there in minicamp and coaching camp, however a late shift prompted Corbett to remain at guard and elevated Brian Allen to the beginning heart position.
Allen would be the starter in Week 1 towards the Bears, which has a portion of the fanbase involved. He struggled again in 2019 earlier than struggling a major knee damage, which he’s now absolutely recovered from.
And never solely is Allen wholesome, however he looks like a extra full heart. He has a greater grasp of the offense and believes he’s extra in management than he was two years in the past. Allen mentioned how he’s a distinct participant and a distinct heart now than he was in 2019 throughout an look on the Rams Revealed podcast with J.B. Lengthy, admitting it was an up-and-down stint because the starter two seasons in the past.
“I feel then, coming off being (John Sullivan’s) backup, that was actually my first alternative to get in there and run the present and perceive the intricacies and the ins and outs of it,” Allen stated. “I had an concept, seeing John do it, after which really getting in there and feeling it and studying it, it was an up-and-down yr for me. I had some good video games, I had dangerous video games. Kinda in the direction of the tip there, we kinda obtained away. Thought we had been going the correct means momentum-wise getting higher, then that occurred – I’m damage, I’m out, new guys are in. However lots of stuff you may construct off positively. I feel I had some actually good video games towards actually good guys, then I did some actually dumb stuff that younger guys do. On the identical time, being out the final yr, yr and a half, I’ve by no means stopped studying. I’m within the conferences, I’m studying from different guys. I’m a extra full heart. I perceive our offense and anybody on this constructing will let you know that doesn’t come shortly to anyone. Doesn’t matter what place you might be and in our offense, the middle has to know a hair lower than the quarterback, so it’s quite a bit and quite a bit to course of. At instances, I don’t need to say I used to be overwhelmed, extra so simply not sure, not driving the bus how the middle must be driving the bus and I haven’t felt that when this yr, so it’s good to really feel all that work come to fruition.”
Regardless of being sidelined by his knee damage, Allen remained current and concerned in all the things he may off the sector. He was nonetheless studying whereas he was injured, which ought to assist him as he enters this important yr.
He additionally helped Corbett whereas he was quickly transitioning to heart this summer season, which he believes will make Corbett a greater guard this season.
It’s encouraging to listen to Allen’s optimism in regards to the upcoming marketing campaign, however he nonetheless has quite a bit to show. If he struggles, the Rams’ complete offensive line may take a step again.
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