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 31, 03:02 PM The St. Louis Rams have signed OG Brandon Washington to their practice squad.
Aug 31, 12:12 PM Free-agent DE Michael Sam (Rams) reportedly cleared waivers and is free to sign with any team.
Aug 30, 04:22 PM The St. Louis Rams released DE Michael Sam.
Aug 30, 04:02 PM St. Louis Rams OG Brandon Washington has been released.
Aug 30, 12:12 PM St. Louis Rams TE Justice Cunningham (ankle) suffered a high ankle sprain in the final preseason game, which probably will hurt his chances to make the final roster.
Aug 29, 06:02 PM St. Louis Rams QB Garrett Gilbert was released Friday, Aug. 29.

Fantasy Impact: He should land on the practice squad if he can clear waivers.
Aug 29, 02:42 PM The St. Louis Rams released OT Mitchell Van Dyk Friday, Aug. 29.
Aug 29, 10:18 AM St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham has been the team's best running back during the preseason and could push RB Zac Stacy for playing time this season.

Fantasy Impact: Cunningham is making a strong push for more playing time. He could push Stacy for the starting job before long.
Aug 29, 05:12 AM St. Louis Rams DE Michael Sam recorded six tackles in the team's final exhibition game against the Miami Dolphins. He is battling DE Ethan Westbrooks for a roster spot.
Aug 28, 03:52 PM St. Louis Rams TEs Justice Cunningham and Alex Bayer likely are competing for one roster spot. Cunningham is considered a blocking tight end, while Bayer is a pass catcher. Cunningham may have the edge, because his blocking can translate to special teams.
Aug 28, 03:52 PM St. Louis Rams DE Michael Sam is competing with DE Ethan Westbrooks for a spot on the final roster.

Fantasy Impact: Sam has played well but Westbrooks has been even better. It is going to be tough for Sam to make the team but he should land on some active NFL roster. He deserves it.
Aug 26, 04:53 PM The St. Louis Rams placed C Demetrius Rhaney (knee) on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Aug 26, 04:13 PM St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford (knee) was officially placed on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Aug. 26. Bradford tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the team's third preseason game.
Aug 26, 11:13 AM St. Louis Rams QB Shaun Hill will remain the starter, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. Recent speculation placed the Rams the center of trade talks for a new quarterback, but Fisher said the team is committed to Hill.

Fantasy Impact: At this point, the Rams are going to sink or swim with Hill. It makes sense to go with the guy that knows the offense and has been in camp all season.
Aug 25, 06:23 PM St. Louis Rams OG Rodger Saffold (ankle), DT Michael Brockers (ankle) and DT Kendall Langford (ankle) did not suffer serious injuries during the third preseason game and may be able to play in the final preseason game, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.
Aug 25, 04:42 PM St. Louis Rams CB Jarrid Bryant, P Bobby Cowan, OT R.J. Dill, WR Jordan Harris, LS Jorgen Hus, FB Kadeem Jones, LB Johnny Millard, WR T.J. Moe, OT D.J. Morrell and LB Pat Schiller (undisclosed) Monday, Aug. 25. Schiller was waived/injured.

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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