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PLAYERS: Jared Cook
TEAMS: St. Louis Rams
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. The knock on him is that we have ever seen his full potential, as he was not fully utilized in Tennessee. But head coach Jeff Fisher is the one who drafted Cook when he was still in Tennessee and says he knows how to use the tight end. People around the league still aren’t convinced if he is a tight end or and over sized wide receiver. Bradford has no issues trying to figure out what position Cook plays as the talk coming out of training camp is the rapport Cook has built with his quarterback. Some observers are speculating that Cook is going to be Bradford’s security blanket now that Danny Amendola is no longer playing for the Rams. With a five-year deal and no real certainty where he is going to line up on the field, the Rams are hoping he is just a mismatch for defenses regardless of where he lines up. 4. Sam Bradford Bradford needed a strong line, so they signed tackle Jake Long. He needed weapons, they signed Cook and drafted wide out Tavon Austin. He needed consistency; offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is bringing back the same playbook, just expanding on it more. The Rams quarterback no longer has any excuses. Bradford is not one to makes excuses. He does everything possible to learn the playbook and even works out with his wide receivers during his football camp in Oklahoma every summer. The Rams passed up on Robert Griffin III believing that Bradford could still be their franchise quarterback of the future. Although he did improve in his third year and did lead the Rams to a couple fourth quarter comebacks, he struggled when he reached the red zone and did not pull out any wins. Although not many are expecting the Rams to make the playoffs, the organization is expecting Bradford to have them contending within the final weeks of the season. 5. Tavon Austin The player under the most pressure to have a breakout season for the Rams is rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin. Regardless if Austin was drafted No-8 overall or taken late in the first round, there is a lot of pressure for a wide receiver listed at 5-foot-8 taken in the first 32 picks to deliver. Tavon Austin Photo by AP Photo/ Jeff Roberson With Danny Amendola no longer around to play the slot position, the Rams are looking to insert Austin at that position. Not only are they expecting him to play in the middle, but they are also looking for him to field punts and even line up in the backfield. The Rams traded up to get Austin because of his blazing speed. They are hoping he is able to put up video game numbers like he did at West Virginia. The Rams are young at wide receiver and if Austin doesn’t turn out like they expect him to, they might be back to square one a year from now.

5 Deep Sleepers: NFC edition

Sorry about the delay on my follow-up article, guys! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. After doing a few more mock drafts in preparation for the Football and Futbol Fantasy draft, I’ve found a couple of sleepers that could put your team over the top. Note that the NFC seems to have a lot more offensive talent, so I’m digging deep for a few sleepers, but here’s a few for...

One the Rise: Jared Cook

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...

QB Sam Bradford and TE Jared Cook looking impressive together in training camp

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. Bradford...

Cortland Finnegan starts Smack Cam war in Rams locker room

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 

St Louis Rams: 5 players on offense under pressure (Part 1)

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...

Rams punter -- yes, punter -- has been wowing training camp crowds

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...

Rams could use running back by committee

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...

Versatile receiver hoping for 'a couple of carries' per game

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- If you showed up late, you missed it. Sam Bradford's handoff to receiver Tavon Austin was the first play of Saturday's scrimmage at the Edward Jones Dome. It was also the first play Austin was asked about after the practice session came to its end. "That's where my heart has always been," Austin said with a smile. "Running back. That&...

Veteran Witherspoon happy to be back with Rams

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) Will Witherspoon's return gave the St. Louis Rams veteran insurance at linebacker and a mentor for first-round pick Alec Ogletree.It also put Witherspoon much closer to the farm where he's raising grass-fed beef.The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Witherspoon signed July 18 with St. Louis to begin a second stint with the Rams."It's good to be back. The history...

St. Louis Rams introduce “Smack Cam”

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...

Rams complete first phase of camp with high expectations

ST. LOUIS -- Sam Bradford learned something about the Rams during their two-hour-plus workout at the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday. As quick as his new teammates have been scurrying around on the grass fields at Rams Park, they look even quicker on the artificial turf where the team will play its home games. "We do play faster," Bradford said. "In here today, there...

Rams complete phase 1 of camp with lots of speed, high expectations

ST. LOUIS -- Sam Bradford learned something about the Rams during their two-hour-plus workout at the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday. As quick as his new teammates have been scurrying around on the grass fields at Rams Park, they look even quicker on the artificial turf where the team will play its home games. "We do play faster," Bradford said. "In here today, there...

Rams WRs Getting Work In (Video)

stlouisrams’s video on Instagram Brian Quick Puts On the Best Move of Training Camp (Video) Rams WRs Hauling In TDs at Camp (Video) Embed by

One-liners from Rams Camp, Week One

Five years ago at this time, the Rams opened practice to the fans for the first time in ages. Also, my son was born. Suddenly, one of my least favorite months on the St Louis calendar became invaluable. Unfortuantely, though, the two aren't quite ready to go together. I took my son to a practice last week, but ended up spending more time scouting Rampage than watching the field...
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