By Tevin Broner
In this series we will attempt to review the players on the Rams roster. Today we will start with Joe Barksdale.
One of the biggest surprises for the St. Louis Rams last season had to be Joseph Barksdale, who was claimed off of waivers in 2012 after the Oakland Raiders released him. In 2012 he played in 6 games and started in 2 of those. Barksdale was off many people’s radars and nobody considered him becoming a starter in 2013.
However, in 2013, Barksdale had a chance to fill in for Rodger Saffold as he was battling injuries. He did so well that the Rams alternated between him and Saffold for a few weeks, before deciding to move Saffold to guard.
So how well did Barksdale play last season? Well, Pro Football Focus rated Barksdale as the 25th best offensive tackle in league with an overall grade of 12.2 pass blocking grade of 11.9, but he’s run blocking was -4.9. There’s also Bleacher’s Report writer Matt Miller who ranked Joe Barksdale as 13th out of 35 right tackles.