– The Rams made a roster move in the on going effort to improve their offensive line depth Thursday afternoon when they were awarded OT Joseph Barksdale off waivers from Oakland. To make room for Barksdale, the team waived OT Ty Nsekhe.
– It was a strange day for Nsekhe, who just before he was informed of his release had engaged in a practice scuffle with DE Eugene Sims. Of course, the two things were not related in any way as the Rams put in the claim on Barksdale long before the skirmish and aren’t going to carry five offensive tackles on the roster.
– As for Barksdale, he was a third-round pick, No. 92 overall, by the Raiders in 2011 out of LSU. It’s a bit strange for a third-round selection to get such a short leash but with a new regime in Oakland, he became the odd man out.
– Barksdale appeared in all 16 games as a rookie, though mostly as a blocker on special teams. He had not appeared in a game so far this season, falling down the depth chart and becoming a pregame inactive under new Oakland coach Dennis Allen.
– At a listed 6’5, 329 pounds, Barksdale certainly looks the part of a Jeff Fisher type offensive tackle. He is only 23 years old and could have some upside under veteran line coach Paul Boudreau.
– With the knee injury to Rodger Saffold, Barksdale will be expected to be active and ready to go on Sunday against Seattle. Wayne Hunter, who has battled knee and ankle injuries this week, should be ready to make his second consecutive start. That would likely leave Barksdale as the third tackle behind Hunter and Barry Richardson.
– That’s all for today. Thanks for reading.
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