2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
St Louis Rams
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Rams' defense has a ton of talent and might have the best pass rush in all of football. This will give them a shot to win a lot of games. The offense still has some question marks, though, especially at receiver. We aren't sure the passing game will be able to do enough for this team to make the playoffs just yet. Plus, the Rams play in the toughest division in football, which doesn't help matters. Expect them to finish around .500. Things are getting better for this team, though.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Receiver Tavon Austin had a bit of a disappointing rookie season. He did flash some good things, though, and made some big plays along the way. The Rams will find ways to get him heavily involved in the offense this season. This team needs playmakers and Austin is the most talented receiver on the roster. We expect much better things from him in his second season. Austin could emerge as a legit No. 2 for fantasy teams. The Rams will be a run-first team but they are going to have to throw the ball to keep teams honest, and Austin could lead the team in targets when they air it out.
FANTASY DUD
Tight end Jared Cook had a decent first season with the Rams but didn't quite play as expected. He still struggled with consistency, which has been an issue for him throughout his career. We don't see that changing for Cook at this stage of his career. He'll have some big games and finish with decent numbers but you can't count on him to be anything more than a spot starter. Even though Sam Bradford is back at quarterback, Cook still doesn't have a ton of fantasy upside based on his track record.

Team Notes

Aug 01, 08:02 PM St. Louis Rams OG Rodger Saffold (undisclosed) left practice early Friday, Aug. 1, because of an undisclosed injury. The injury does not appear to be serious.
Aug 01, 02:22 PM The New England Patriots worked out free-agent QB Brady Quinn (Rams) Monday, July 28.
Jul 31, 10:42 PM St. Louis Rams OT Jake Long (knee), C Scott Wells (undisclosed), CB Trumaine Johnson (undisclosed) and DE William Hayes (undisclosed) returned to practice Thursday, July 31.
Jul 29, 10:33 PM St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick hooked up with QB Sam Bradford on a couple of deeps balls in team drills Tuesday, July 29, and has enjoyed a strong camp overall, according to ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner.
Jul 29, 10:23 PM St. Louis Ram RB Tre Mason saw received some snaps with the first-team Tuesday, July 29, with RB Zac Stacy receiving a majority of the work with the first-team.
Jul 29, 10:23 PM St. Louis Rams RB Isaiah Pead (undisclosed) missed practice Tuesday, July 29, and appeared to be wearing a cast on his right hand, according to ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner.
Jul 25, 09:12 PM St. Louis Rams OT Greg Robinson worked with the first-team offense at left tackle during practice Friday, July 25. Head coach Jeff Fisher said several will rotate at left tackle until OT Jake Long (knee) is able to return.
Jul 25, 09:12 AM St. Louis Rams DE William Hayes (undisclosed) had three surgeries this offseason and is ahead of schedule. He's on pace to make his preseason debut in Week 2 or 3 of the preseason.
Jul 25, 09:02 AM St. Louis Rams OT Jake Long (knee) will be limited at the start of training camp, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. Long will participate in individual drills to start.
Jul 25, 09:02 AM St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford (knee) will be a full participant at the start of training camp, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher said Bradford was unlikely to play in the first preseason game, but not because of the injury.
Jul 23, 01:13 PM St. Louis Rams SS Mo Alexander (knee) has been cleared to participate in training camp and took part in practice Tuesday, July 22.
Jul 23, 02:53 AM The St. Louis Rams waived four players Tuesday, July 22, as they cut loose OL Abasi Salimu, WR Diontae Spencer, LB Caleb McSurdy, and LB Tavarius Wilson.
Jul 22, 11:53 PM St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin admitted that he was lost as a rookie in 2013, struggling to pick up the playbook. The No. 8 overall pick said it was like a foreign language to him but added that now he has a much better grasp of the system. 'I understand the plays, the depth, the routes, the splits and everything,' Austin said. 'I just feel good that I can make some plays. Definitely, the game's slowed down for me.'
Jul 22, 05:53 PM The St. Louis Rams placed FS C.B. Bryant and DE Ethan Westbrooks on the non-football injury list.
Jul 22, 05:53 PM The St. Louis Rams signed free-agents OT R.J. Dill (Chiefs), OL D.J. Morrell (Lions) and LB Lawrence Wilson (Bears).
Jul 21, 11:42 AM St. Louis Rams LB Ray Ray Armstrong has impressed coaches and was already poised to push for an expanded role before LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar's arrest. Armstrong could have an opportunity to replace Dunbar at strong-side linebacker.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Alex Carrington, DT; Kenny Britt, WR; Davin Joseph, G. 

Losses:
Cortland Finnegan, CB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  2 Greg RobinsonOL
 # 1  13 Aaron DonaldDL
 # 2  9 Lamarcus JoynerDB
 # 3  11 Tre MasonRB
 # 4  10 Mo AlexanderDB
 # 6  12 E.J. GainesDB
 # 6  38 Garrett GilbertQB
 # 7  11 Mitchell Van DykOL
 # 7  26 C.B. BryantDB
 # 7  34 Michael SamDL
 # 7  35 Demetrius RhaneyOL
 Undrafted Greg ReidDB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     Minnesota
2     Sep 14 4:05PM     at Tampa Bay
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     Dallas
-- Week 4 Bye --
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at Philadelphia
6     Oct 13 8:30PM     San Francisco
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     Seattle
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     at Kansas City
9     Nov 2 4:05PM     at San Francisco
10     Nov 9 4:25PM     at Arizona
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     Denver
12     Nov 23 4:05PM     at San Diego
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     Oakland
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     at Washington
15     Dec 11 8:25PM     Arizona
16     Dec 21 4:05PM     New York Giants
17     Dec 28 4:25PM     at Seattle
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