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St. Louis Rams’ 5 Biggest Breakout Candidates of 2014

St. Louis Rams' 5 Biggest Breakout Candidates of 2014

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In the 2013 season, the St. Louis Rams continued to make strides in their improvement across the board as they won seven games in a competitive NFC West that featured two playoff teams in the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Here are the five players who will help them take the next step this upcoming season.

5. Kendall Langford

Kendall Langford
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5. Kendall Langford

Kendall Langford
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After having a solid season in sixth year in the league, Kendall Langford will look to build off of it and provide the Rams with an even more stout defensive line. The 28-year-old is one of the Rams' primary players in the front seven and with a full bill of health he should be in line for a even better season than last year. The added attention on Robert Quinn and Chris Long will open up more opportunities for Langford to flourish.

4. Kenny Britt

Kenny Britt
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4. Kenny Britt

Kenny Britt
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The sixth-year wide receiver's reunion with his former head coach with the Titans in Jeff Fisher will prove to be the change of scenery that will help him straighten his life off the field. And on it he will regain his 2010 form that saw him have 42 catches with a career-high nine touchdowns. Britt's performance in 2014 will prove that he is one of the league's best offseason additions.

3. T.J. McDonald

T.J. McDonald
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3. T.J. McDonald

T.J. McDonald
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The second-year safety out of USC will have the opportunity to prove that he can be a game-changer on defense with his rookie season now behind him. Despite missing six games due to a fractured right leg, McDonald was able to provide the Rams with some stability at the safety position when healthy. He has the skills needed to be an impact player -- he just needs to stay on the football field.

2. Tavon Austin

Tavon Austin
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2. Tavon Austin

Tavon Austin
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Entering his second year in the league, wide receiver Tavon Austin is primed for a special season as showed the big play ability that made the Rams trade up to get him at the eighth overall pick in last year's draft. Although he had a slow start to his rookie season, Austin displayed in the second half of the year why he is a candidate for a breakout campaign in 2014.

1. Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford
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1. Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford
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As the Rams' franchise quarterback, Sam Bradford has not quite lived up to the expectations as the No.1 overall pick in 2010 NFL Draft. After winning Offensive Rookie of the Year, he has played just one complete season in the last four years. Prior to suffering a season-ending ACL tear in 2013, Bradford was displaying improvement (14 TDs and 4 INTs in seven games), so look for him to continue that upward trend this upcoming season.