While the idea of depth is an appealing one for the majority of NFL teams, the St Louis Rams have not had that option in recent years. 2012 may be the exception to that at several positions on the offensive side of the football and that could lead to a more productive offense in the year ahead.
Everything starts at the quarterback position and that is one spot where the team lacks any substantive depth. They will likely carry just two signal callers on the active roster in starter Sam Bradford and backup Kellen Clemens. This could be troublesome should the injury bug strike, but it is also a good sign as the team has plenty of solid players at other positions who need to remain activated.
Running back is quite the opposite as the Rams will see that as one of the club’s biggest strengths this year. Starter Steven Jackson is consistently productive, but has often times gotten worn down throughout the year due to a heavy workload. This year he has plenty of capable bodies behind him in the versatile, second round rookie Isaiah Pead as well as bruiser Brit Miller. That will lead to a better season for Jackson which bodes well for the Rams’ offense as a whole.
Wide receiver is where the team made the most upgrades this offseason drafting Brian Quick and Chris Givens while also signing Steve Smith. Adding those three to the already productive Greg Salas and Danny Amendola gives the team quite a formidable receiving corps. Brandon Gibson, Danario Alexander, and Austin Pettis will all have to make big strides if they want to earn a roster spot this year. That type of competition evokes very good things from most players and has to be a positive for the Rams as well.
Finally at tight end, Lance Kendricks needs to make some improvements if he wants to hang onto his starting gig. Mike Hoomanawanui is a bruising blocker that will find plenty of playing time in Jeff Fisher’s downhill running game while Matthew Mulligan is likely to be involved in heavy packages on short yardage situations. These components should each find their own niches with the club as the year progresses.
Competition is a good thing on a football roster and this is first time in a while that the Rams will have some at every offensive skill position. That will definitely help the team to crawl out of the league’s basement in terms of offensive production in 2012.
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