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July 30, 2013

Rams' Saffold adjusting to life at right tackle

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Saffold was a right tackle for a few weeks during OTAs as a rookie in 2010 before displacing Jason Smith. Aside from that, he hasn't played there since the ninth grade in Bedford, Ohio.

He's the latest in a long line of starters at a revolving door position. Since moving to the Midwest in 1995, only Smith, Alex Barron, Ryan Tucker and Wayne Gandy have held the spot more than one year.

Saffold follows a one-year shift by Barry Richardson, who was following in the footsteps of Adam Goldberg, John St. Clair, Kyle Turley, Grant Williams, Darryl Ashmore, Brandon Gorin and Zach Wiegert.

That incessant shuffling could end with Saffold, a second-rounder in 2010 who's battled injuries but has made 35 career starts at left tackle.

The training camp experience has been occasionally stressful for Saffold, but the newness also has been a positive.

"It makes camp more interesting definitely," Saffold said. "I'm a little more excited to get there on the field because I'm doing something I haven't done very much, and haven't done in a long, long time."

The 6-foot-5 Saffold is listed at 332 pounds, nearly 20 pounds heavier than the weight on the team Website. He takes pride in being the last offensive lineman to leave the weight room. He's done bench press repetitions at 420 pounds.

"Now," Saffold said, "I've got a little extra oomph."

The first of four full-pad workouts this week also marked rookie offensive lineman Barrett Jones' debut after missing the first week rehabbing from left foot surgery. Jones was a fourth-round pick after a successful career at Alabama and also participated in a walkthrough Sunday.

"Physically, I feel really good," Jones said. "Mentally, it's the NFL. I've got a long way to go and I feel really rusty, obviously.

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