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

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.
Jul 20, 03:12 PM St. Louis Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar and NBA free-agent Donte Greene were arrested Sunday, July 20, for fighting with each other outside the Dream Nightclub in Miami Beach, Fla. According to police detective Vivian Thayer, both athletes face charges of battery and disorderly conduct. Neither man remains in custody and details about the bonds they posted are unknown. No other arrests were made.

Fantasy Impact: We'll see what comes of this. Until charges are fired, we don't see a suspension from the league.
Jul 19, 08:52 PM St. Louis Rams DE Michael Sam's chances to make the final roster probably will depend on how he performs on special teams.
Jul 19, 08:42 PM St. Louis Rams TEs Justice Cunningham and Alex Bayer may compete for one roster spot during training camp if the team decides to keep four tight ends.
Jul 14, 09:02 AM St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick has developed into a good run blocker on the edge, but that has been his greatest contribution thus far.
Jul 11, 01:22 PM Free-agent LB Will Witherspoon (Rams) praised WR Kenny Britt, saying he will be huge boost for the team's offense. 'I think the addition of Kenny Britt will be a huge boost for the Rams offense. I expect him to blossom into a star,' Witherspoon said.

Fantasy Impact: We'll see. Britt certainly has some talent but needs to prove he is back to health after looking less than 100 percent last season.
Jul 04, 02:32 AM Free-agent LB Will Witherspoon (Rams) has had contract discussions with both the St. Louis Rams and Atlanta Falcons in recent days, but it is not known where Witherspoon will end up or how long it will take him to decide.
Jun 28, 11:07 PM St. Louis Rams LB Alec Ogletree could thrive under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in 2014. It's a lot of the same stuff we did last year, but it's just a lot more aggressive,'' the second-year outside linebacker said earlier this week at Rams Park in Earth City. 'You can already see the difference, even though it's only OTAs. Guys are flying around and having fun. We just seem to be a lot more comfortable with each other and I definitely think coach Williams is going to make a big difference.'
Jun 24, 08:53 AM St. Louis Rams WR Austin Pettis did some of his best work in the red zone this spring. It's clear that QB Sam Bradford has a lot of confidence in Pettis in the red zone.
Jun 24, 08:43 AM St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer hinted the team will expand WR Tavon Austin's role this season. 'Moving him around to a lot of different spots,' Schottenheimer said. 'You'll see us hand him the ball, do some different things. He's playing so much faster just because he knows what we're doing. He has the system down cold.'
Jun 23, 06:43 PM St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick is the team's most improved player, according to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Schottenheimer said Quick is competing for playing time and is the most of his opportunities.

Fantasy Impact: Quick is in a make or break year but could play a lot of he shows well in camp and preseason action.

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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