Let’s take a closer look on the new Los Angeles Rams captains

Updated: September 10, 2017

Earlier this week, Sean McVay said the team would vote on captains.  On Thursday, we finally got our look at the players wearing the famous “C” patch for the year, and out of all the players, only half of them retained captaincies from last year.  Some of them came at a bit of a surprise, while others deservingly held on to them.  Let’s delve right in and take a closer look at who was voted in:

Offense: Todd Gurley II, Andrew Whitworth

Todd Gurley retaining his captaincy has come at no surprise to me.  The way he commands the offense despite being a running back has been incredible.  He has quickly blast onto the NFL scene, and the stats from last season don’t show it.  Under McVay, everyone expects Gurley to make major strides in year 3.  He has the talent, the Rams just need to figure out how to use him and that talent to full potential.  Meanwhile, Andrew Whitworth has a very impressive football career, which has been improving in recent years, and many people believe he was snubbed out of a Pro Bowl and a spot in the 2016 top 100 players.  Rams fans everywhere are hoping that he can continue to spark the offense.  If the preseason offense is any indication, then they have a good thing to look forward to with Whitworth and Gurley at the helm.

Defense: Alec Ogletree, Trumaine Johnson, Connor Barwin

Zero surprises here.  The biggest question to see among these guys is how they will improve with the addition of Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator, but that isn’t a very big question because of what Phillips has accomplished.  The two of them are used to how most of their teammates work and have great chemistry when it comes to on-and-off-the-field.  As for Barwin, his recent improvement but now he has to get used to a new roster, but that should hopefully be a very easy challenge to overcome(in fact, he may have already overcome that in the preseason, but things can change in the transition to the regular season).  The only hole that needs to be filled is losing Aaron Donald, which obviously hurts, but the rest of the defense otherwise remains solid.  If they are able to work around the holes, then the defense can be very well-run.

Special Teams: Johnny Hekker

Again, zero surprise.  Hekker has been one of the best punters in the NFL, and last season was only further proof.  Hekker set NFL records for longest punts from behind the 20 yard line and made the Pro Bowl.  He has constantly proven himself to be an absolute weapon on the gridiron time and time again, so he was clearly the obvious choice.

Overall, I think the captains are very solid selections.  I wasn’t exactly expecting Andrew Whitworth or Connor Barwin to be named captains, but in the eyes of the Rams players, they proved themselves worthy.  Now, on Sunday, the time will come for them to show us one thing: whether they deserve the “C” patch.

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