No. 1: Offensive Guard Laken Tomlinson
The Rams may currently be known for their offense and what Sean McVay can do with his innovative ways.
That said, Los Angeles’ best player is still the perennial All-Pro, defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
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Sure, L.A.’s defense hasn’t been anywhere near as potent this season as it was a year ago. Overall in scoring, this unit ranks 26th best in the league ahead of Week 6. The Rams will surrender some points.
But with a weakened offensive line, left guard Laken Tomlinson will have to be at the top of his game on Sunday.
Tomlinson and center Weston Richburg will handle a lot of the blocking duties against Donald, yes. But Richburg, this season, has shown why the 49ers invested so heavily in him as a free agent in 2018. He’s living up to his contract.
Tomlinson, meanwhile, has already been called for three penalties this season — tied for most along the O-line with Skule, whose three came in his first start.
Donald can force a lot of holds and false starts. And with Kyle Juszczyk not available for extra blocking support, Tomlinson will need to handle his duties extra carefully on Sunday.
The 49ers and Rams kick off on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 4:05 p.m. ET from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.