ATLANTA — Jamon Brown is no longer with the Rams, and thus he will not be on the field Sunday when they face the Patriots in Super Bowl 53. Brown, who landed with the Giants, is gone, but not forgotten, and if the Rams win, at least one of his former teammates believes he should back in the glow with some jewelry.
“I think he deserves a ring,’’ said Rodger Safford, the Rams’ starting left guard. “I mean, let’s be honest, he was with this team last year, he was with us for eight weeks this year. I think he deserves that.’’
Safford said he and others on the offensive line were sorry to see Brown go. Brown, a 2015 third-round pick out of Louisville, started nine games as a rookie for the Rams and all 16 in 2017, at right guard. He was part of the building process in Sean McVay’s first year as head coach, helping the Rams go 11-5. Brown, 25, was suspended for the first two games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for substances of abuse. In his absence, Austin Blythe moved in at right guard and seized the job. Brown played in six games, all in reserve, before the Browns waived him Oct. 30.
The next day, the Giants claimed him off waivers and did not wait at all to insert him as the starting right guard. The Giants were 1-7 at the time and Brown’s arrival coincided with a flourishing of the offense, both in pass protection and in running the ball. Brown fit in well with his new team, but he is an impending free agent. The Giants are interested in re-signing him, at the right price.
“I think he’s been doing great,’’ said Saffold, who keeps in touch with Brown. “I think this is a blessing in disguise for him. I think he’s going to get paid and paid well because he’s a free agent this year.
“I have a great relationship with Jamon, being with him for so many years, so you wanted to keep that going. We knew how good he was and we weren’t able to get him on the field but we also knew this was his time to shine.’’
Brown with the Rams was able to block for Todd Gurley. With the Giants, Brown helped Saquon Barkley finish up an outstanding rookie year. Saffold gets one more chance this season to block for Gurley, in Sunday’s Super Bowl.
“I’m never going to take anything away from my backs,’’ Saffold said. “Of course I go the better job. Todd Gurley continues to show just how crazy athletic and how awesome it is to be able to run the ball and catch the ball, able to block, be able to run the screens, his top speed is crazy so of course I’m going to give the edge to my running back.’’