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The St Louis Rams have already proven they have a defense that could finish in the top ten when the season ends, but they have shown in the past few seasons that having a solid defense doesn’t necessarily translate into wins. The team still needs play makers on offense to score some points for them.
The Rams made significant signings during the offseason to help move the ball more effectively and score some points. They passed up on Robert Griffin III and let Amendola and Jackson walk away during free agency. This now puts pressure on five players on offense who are under pressure to perform well this upcoming season.
1. Jake Long
Since bringing in Sam Bradford to play quarterback for the team, the Rams have struggled to keep him upright in the pocket. This offseason the Rams felt enough was enough and signed left tackle Jake Long, a proven lineman to protect Bradford’s blindside.
The Rams already had a formidable left tackle in Rodger Saffold, but they felt Long brings more security to the position.
Although Long has been marred by injury over the past two seasons, the organization put the former No-1 overall pick through a series of medical test to ensure he was healthy before signing a new contract.
There is some pressure behind him to perform this year not only because of his four-year $35 million deal, but because the Rams may have caused a little rift with their former left tackle Saffold as he heads into the final year of his contract.
Long was once considered the best in his position and is looking to regain that form. He will look to prove to the Rams he is worth every dollar they are spending on him.
2. Daryl Richardson
In his rookie year, Daryl Richardson shined as the change of pace back behind Steven Jackson. He was taken in the 7th round by the Rams and was expected to be behind Isaiah Pead in the depth charts.
St Louis Rams Daryl Richardson (AP photo/ Jeff Roberson)
In the preseason, Richardson made most of his opportunity and made the coaching staff consider giving him more minutes
This season Richardson will not have the security blanket of Steven Jackson to play behind, as he will be the week one starter. Last season in 98 attempts he rushed for 475 yards, but was unable to reach the end zone.
Although he had a respectable rookie season, the Rams will expect Richardson to have a better sophmore season. The running game won’t solely be placed on him as Isaiah Pead and Zac Stacy will be fighting for playing time as well, but Richardson will still need to show an improvement.
The Rams believed they had enough in Richardson based on his rookie performance and believed in Pead’s potential enough that they let Jackson sign with the Falcons.
The last time the Rams replaced their starting running back with a second year player was when Jackson replaced Marshall Faulk, hopefully the Rams gamble will pay off in a similar fashion.
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The St. Louis Rams knew at the end of the 2012 season that they needed to surround QB Sam Bradford with some weapons if they expected their young signal caller to go to the next level.
TE Jared Cook was one of their free agent targets. A big (6'5, 248) and athletic pass catcher who has just started to become a threat, but the Rams think his upside is considerable.
St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan introduced the game “Smack Cam” to his teammates to get a few laughs as they get through training camp. Here are the rules from the Rams team website: Players only. If any player is at any time wearing team issued Rams gear, he’s
Former St. Louis Rams great WR Isaac Bruce stopped by the team’s camp to lend some advice to the team’s young receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.
The two former West Virginia players met with former Rams All-Pro WR Isaac Bruce following the team's practice session.
"It's just a blessing to talk to someone like that," Bailey said, via Steve Overbay...
ST. LOUIS -- All the oohs and ahs emanating from the early training camp workouts at Rams Park haven't been reserved for the playmaking of the flashy new receivers and the occasional big hits from the defense.
The punter has wowed the record crowds, too. That's right. The punter. Given a chance to punt in front of last Saturday's record crowd, Johnny Hekker was launching...
Jared Cook blocking for Bradford Photo by Jeff Curry/ USA Today Sports
3. Jared Cook
Heading into the offseason the St Louis Rams needed to surround quarterback Sam Bradford with some firepower on offense. One of the biggest surprises came when they signed tight end Jared Cook to a five-year $35 million deal.
Cook stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs 248 pounds, with wide receiver speed...
A lot of questions at the running back position were abound after the departure of star RB Steven Jackson, but things seem to be looking on the upside for the Saint Louis Rams in training camp.
Not one, or two, but three young backs - Isaiah Pead, Daryl Richardson and 5th round pick Zac Stacy, could form quite a formidable triple threat if things progress the way head coach...
I can’t be covered Juan…
Jared Cook never really lived up to his ability in Tennessee, but gets a fresh start in St Louis with his former coach Jeff Fisher. It came out today that Cook will fill the role left behind Danny Amendola. This is potentially huge news as Cook could be the primary receiving option that was supposed to filled by rookie WR Tavon Austin. Jeff Fisher...
Cornerback has started a bit of whipped cream warfare at St. Louis Rams training camp. Finnegan started the “Smack Cam” movement that involves one person slamming a whipped cream pie into the face of another and it has quickly caught on with his teammates.
Finnegan still boasts the most impressive and creative Smack Cam attacks, including the one you can see above, which victimizes...
As much as fans looks forward to the return of football, for most players, especially veterans, training camp is pretty much a pain in the you know where. In turn, players have to come up with creative ways to pass the time and stay interested in the daily grind of camp. Cortland Finnegan of the St. Louis Rams got a little creative, and thanks to social media, we are able to enjoy...
The St. Louis Rams’ locker room has turned into a massive war of smack cam, and we are loving every second of it. Below are just a few of the videos being posted which feature Rams players putting whipped cream on a plate and smacking a teammate in the face. Simple, right? Some official rules courtesy of the Rams:
The rules are pretty simple: it’s a game for players only....
A shaving cream pie to the face is never not funny. Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan pulled the age-old gag (known on social media these days as the “#SmackCam”) on teammate Chris Long on Thursday while Long was being interviewed live on NFL Network. Finnegan is one of the NFL’s great antagonists, but his targets are usually wide receivers (as Andre Johnson can attest),...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) Will Witherspoon's return gave the St. Louis Rams veteran insurance at linebacker and a mentor for first-round pick Alec Ogletree.
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The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Witherspoon signed July 18 with St. Louis to begin a second stint with the Rams.
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For those of you who haven’t seen it, “smack cam” is one of the latest — and most violent — trends that is sweeping the world of social media. Basically, smack cam consists of people whacking their friends in the face with any item that is readily accessible and posting a short video of it [...]
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