This is the second part in a series that spotlights three Rams-49ers matchups to watch Sunday, 1:05 p.m., at Levi’s Stadium.
Rams LT Greg Robinson vs. 49ers OLB Ahmad Brooks
Tale of the tape
Robinson (79): 6 foot 5, 332 pounds, rookie, Auburn
Brooks (55): 6 foot 3, 259 pounds, ninth season, Virginia
Robinson, the second overall draft pick, saw limited playing time in the first four games. He made his first NFL start at left guard in the Monday night game against the 49ers on Oct. 13. But, now, he is moving to left tackle after veteran Jake Long sustained a season-ending knee injury.
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“I just feel more comfortable out there,” Robinson told the St. Louis media this week. “It’s going to be a learning process, but I don’t think it’s going to take me as much time as it took me to get used to guard. I feel it would be easy for me to adjust to tackle, because tackle is something that I’ve been playing and I’m a little used to it. I don’t feel like the transition will be that rough.”
Brooks got off to a slow start this season, but he has been coming on in recent games before the bye week. Brooks is tied for the 49ers lead with three sacks on the season. Brooks, who typically rushed the passer from the left edge, has started settling in on the right side, opposite of rookie Aaron Lynch.
In 18 snaps after taking over at left tackle for Long last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, Robinson allowed three pressures (one sack, one hit and one hurry). He was also called for holding. While Robinson is a promising young talent, Brooks’ experience should give him an edge in these head-to-head matchups on passing downs.