Saffold gets work with first team while Smith recovers

One of the early reports out of St. Louis Rams camp suggested the job at left tackle was up for grabs between last year’s second overall pick Jason Smith, and the team’s second-round pick this year, Rodger Saffold.

The more we hear, however, the more it sounds like Saffold may have his grips on the glamour spot at left tackle. Saffold has taken the majority of reps on the left side, according to the team’s official site, while Smith continues to be limited to individual drills as he works his way back from a stress fracture in his toe.

Another indication that Smith may not have the inside track on the position is that Rams coach Steve Spanuolo considers the two players to be at “almost at the same stage” after Smith missed eight games as a rookie due to an early knee injury and a late-season concussion. The year of experience might not be as a big of an advantage for Smith as previously thought.

Either way, the Rams appear to have found their bookend tackles. But it may shake out differently than expected, with the lower pick beating out a higher pick from the previous draft.

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