Los Angeles Rams release 2014 draft selection, pleased with new players

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Updated: June 20, 2017

The Los Angeles Rams will be saying goodbye to their seventh round draft selection of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Rams have released Center Demetrius Rhaney, who was unable to find a role with the offensive line. Rhaney was never able to hit the field healthy as he started his rookie season with a knee injury which led him in the following year to receive a backup role behind former Rams Center Tim Barnes.

Rhaney is now a free agent, but why did the Los Angeles Rams release a center when the starting spot has yet to be claimed by anyone at the moment? According to Los Angeles Daily News Beat Writer Rich Hammond, hopeful starters Austin Blythe and Jake Eldrenkamp are getting high praised by the Rams coaching staff.

With the coaching staff feeling pleased with the performance of those two young players, the Rams feel comfortable letting go their 2014 draft selection, and letting Blythe, Eldrenkamp and new free agent signing John Sullivan battle for the center role.

From Hammond: As a senior at Iowa in 2015, Blythe was one of three finalists for the Rimington Award, given to college football’s best center. Indianapolis drafted Blythe in the seventh round in 2016, and last season he appeared in eight games and started one.

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