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Cortland Finnegan will look to pester Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (Photo by USA Today Sports/ Mark J. Rebilas) For the past decade the St. Louis Rams have been one of the laughing stocks in the NFL. Every year I walk into the office and yell out “St. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl” and get ridiculed. Deep down I know the odds of that happening are minimal, but as the years have gone by the organization has shown an interest in placing a good product on the field. Last year they made huge strides in building a solid foundation for the future, but they may still be one or two pieces away from a playoff contender. The first game of the season will be this Sunday when they open at home against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals will be a different team this year as they have the reigning coach of the year in Bruce Arians and a solid quarterback in Carson Palmer. Superstar receiver Larry Fitzgerald is ecstatic about his new quarterback, as he has had the likes of John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, and Kevin Kolb, to name a few, since Kurt Warner retired. “I’ve watched him for a long time and seen him make some incredible throws,” said Fitzgerald. “When I found out he was going to be here, it was kind of a breath of fresh air.” Although Carson Palmer has proven he can be a top caliber quarterback, the past two seasons haven’t translated into a lot of wins. Coach Arians is hoping to work some of the same magic he used with Andrew Luck this past season. This will be a good opportunity for the Rams to start the season on the right note, as the next three games will be against tougher opponents. The Rams front seven will be bringing a lot of pressure against the Cardinals offensive line. The Cards o-line is already going to be without their rookie 1st round draft pick, guard Jonathan Cooper, as he suffered a broken left fibula. It won’t get easier for Palmer in the secondary as the Rams posses one of the best corner tandems in the league. Cortland Finnegan will match up against Fitzgerald and that almost assures second year corner Janoris Jenkins will cover Michael Floyd. The Rams may be young and inexperienced at the safety position but head coach Jeff Fisher is not making an excuse out of it. Fisher recently told Nick Wagoner of ESPN youth is not a concern. “We’re young, but that’s not an excuse as far as what takes place on Sundays,” Fisher said. “We’re going to line people up because they’re ready to play.” When it comes to the offense, coach Fisher might not have a choice at the receiver position as none of his wide outs have been in the league longer then three years. Austin Pettis is the lone wide receiver that has the most experience. Pettis will be looking to keep his spot in the rotation as second year reciver Brian Quick is breathing down his back. Chris Givens has already shown he can be a deep ball threat and 8th overall pick rookie Tavon Austin will be lining up in the slot position. The Rams defense was the unit that got the win for the Rams early on last season. This year the Rams will need a total team effort, as Carson Palmer is a much-improved quarterback and the Cardinals also have a stout secondary lead by Patrick Peterson. If the Rams want any chance at making the playoffs, they need to come out and win games against teams like the Arizona Cardinals who aren’t expected to make any noise. The biggest obstacle for the Rams will be they play in the toughest division, but they proved last year they could rake up wins against their divisional opponents.

Rams RB Daryl Richardson is ready for his debut as a starter

ST. LOUIS -- Daryl Richardson will tell you this was his vision all along. "Of course," he says. "I know hard work pays off. You keep working hard, and you just keep praying. And believe." The undersized, small-school running back was the longest of long shots when the St. Louis Rams selected him with their 252nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. That left him one...

Customer Service: Daryl Richardson vs. Kenbrell Thompkins

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ST. LOUIS -- As is routine during the regular season, Sam Bradford gathered in the middle of the Rams' locker room Wednesday afternoon and staged his weekly chat with local media. Upward of two dozen of us were gathered for his first such session of the season, an impressive turnout that was duly noted by the fourth-year quarterback. "I hope you're all here in Week...

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St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford's career has had its ups and downs, but 2013 looks bright for the signal caller and he seems very cool about it. Over the past two years GM Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher enhanced the talent and put more playmakers in the Ram's offense and Bradford is having a hard time hiding his excitement.

Some ups, some downs -- now it's time for Ogletree to make some plays

ST. LOUIS -- Les Snead said it best. The St. Louis Rams general manager, shortly after he saw his second pick in the 2013 NFL Draft get beat for a touchdownin his first NFL preseason game, issued a warning to linebacker Alec Ogletree. "They're not scared of you," Snead said to a booth of TV broadcasters in Cleveland, but really to Ogletree. "You're not in...

Fisher has high expectations for his young Rams team

ST. LOUIS -- If the Rams stumble in September, they won't have to look far for an excuse. They can point to their youth, of which they have plenty. The Rams, in fact, are the NFL's youngest team for the second season in a row. They're almost young enough for coach Jeff Fisher to need to collect parents' permission slips. The average age on the 53-man roster is a...

Rams re-sign LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar

The St. Louis Rams re-signed outside linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, who was waived at the beginning of a four-game suspension to start the season. Dunbar was the team's second-leading tackler last year and coach Jeff Fisher had said there might be a chance of re-signing him. The Rams (1-3) began preparations Tuesday for Sunday's home game against the Jaguars after players had...

Bradford: Rams offense ready to roll

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer It's time to unwrap quarterback Sam Bradford's new toys in a game that matters. The St. Louis Rams expect to have a much more dangerous offense given Bradford's familiarity with the system in Year 2 with coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. For the first time in several years, the Rams...

Preview: Youthful Rams face 'last rodeo' Cardinals

Though Steven Jackson isn't suiting up for a St. Louis Rams season opener for the first time since 2004, that won't diminish raised expectations for a team that hasn't made the playoffs since his rookie year.After turning 30, he would have been considered a senior citizen on the league's most youthful roster, anyway.The Arizona Cardinals are counting on the experience...

Rams injury report: St. Louis healthy entering Week 1

The St. Louis Rams find themselves relatively healthy heading into their week one divisional matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. Head coach Jeff Fisher has done a remarkable job of creating a buzz for his young and talented team. He brought in playmakers via free agency and the draft for every level of his defense last year. This season, he has focused primarily on the offensive...

Rams tight ends figure to involved in offense

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By WARREN MAYES Associated Press Two tight ends could start the opener for the St. Louis Rams, which does not necessarily detract from the big-play potential on offense. Jared Cook, the team's top free-agent pickup, and Lance Kendricks both can stretch the field. Cook signed a five-year, $35.1-million deal in the offseason. At 6-foot-5, Cook adds speed...

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I have been saying this all along, if you want to win some football games, you need to take some risks.  Well this week I am going to give you a player at each position who will help you win your week 1 game. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – I have been talking […]

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The St. Louis Rams will begin the 2013 campaign at home against a team that many believe is the worst in the NFC West division, the Arizona Cardinals. Although prognosticators believe that Arizona stacks up at the bottom of the NFC West, it is my personal belief that the Cardinals are the best team of all of the worst teams in any division. I hope that makes sense. My point is that...

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What are your projections for Tavon Austin? Rizzla: Coach Jeff Fisher admitted to not revealing how they plan to use Tavon during the regular season during preseason action so the opposition would not have film to gameplan on. Expect the Rams to employ Tavon as the moveable chess piece he was drafted to be lining him up in the slot, out wide and in the backfield. 1,500 all purpose...
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