After closing out the 2009 season with a measly 109 yards of total offense in a 28-6 loss to the San Fransisco 49ers, the St. Louis Rams are hoping their youth movement on offense will make progress and help turn around the franchise. No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford won’t be able to make this offense respectable by himself, and the Rams are hoping rookies WR Mardy Gilyard (4th Rnd, Cincinnati) and OT Rodger Saffold (2nd Rnd, Indiana) will compliment an already young offense.
Gilyard will join a young but talented wide receiving corps of Donnie Avery, Laurent Robinson, Keenan Burton, and Brandon Gibson. Avery has proven his athleticism in the past and the Rams hope, with more experience, he can emerge as one of the better wide receivers in the division. Robinson looks to be the player he was at the start of ’09, showing promise before breaking his fibula and spending the rest of the season on injured reserve. 2nd year WR Brandon Gibson was the Rams’ best receiver down the stretch last year after being acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles. Add another year of experience in this offensive system and these receivers should only get better.
OT Rodger Saffold will join 2009 1st round pick Jason Smith on an offensive line that has shown signs of improvement. Saffold and Smith will likely be manning the two tackle positions. The Rams’ inside line will bring the experience with C Jason Brown, RG Adam Goldberg, and LG Jacob Bell.
Injuries have plagued the Rams’ offensive line for years, but everyone will need to stay healthy with rookie QB Sam Bradford likely taking the helm. A.J. Feeley goes into camp as the starter, but that doesn’t mean Bradford can’t take the job from him. An experienced Feeley who knows the offensive system should provide leadership for Bradford and help him ease into the starting slot. The Rams still have RB Steven Jackson to count on for the ground game and experienced fullback Mike Karney to lead the way.