By Kevin Major @KevinMajor_Rant on June 8, 2014
The St. Louis Rams enter the 2014 season with a great deal of promise. This offseason, the Rams added exciting young players through the draft to pair with an already talented roster. St. Louis will look to carry its successful offseason into the regular season and make a run at the playoffs. Here are five intriguing players to watch in 2014.
The Rams selected Lamarcus Joyner in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft. What Joyner lacks in size (5-foot-8, 184 pounds) he makes up for with great athleticism and instincts. He can play any position in the defensive backfield, but look for the Rams to give him a shot at free safety. Joyner could be the perfect compliment to strong safety T.J. McDonald.
The Rams signed wide receiver Kenny Britt to a one-year contract this offseason. Britt has had his fair share of off-field issues, but St. Louis feels his talent is worth taking a chance on. If the sixth-year pro can manage to stay on the field, he could provide the Rams with the reliable receiving weapon they have lacked over the past several seasons.
Tavon Austin showed flashes of his big-play ability during his rookie season. He had several game-breaking plays on offense and special teams, scoring six combined touchdowns. In 2014, Austin will need to build on his rookie year and play with more consistency. It will be interesting to see how his role expands in Year 2 of his pro career.
Michael Sam will be under an intense spotlight this season after announcing he is gay last year. While a great deal of attention will be paid to Sam's off-field life, on the field, the former SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year will have to focus on making the Rams' 53-man roster. St. Louis has a deep and talented defensive line that will make it difficult for Sam to see the field.
The 2014 campaign will be a make or break season for quarterback Sam Bradford. He will have to prove that he can stay healthy for an entire season and lead a winning team. If Bradford is unable to stay on the field, St. Louis will have to strongly consider bringing in a new starting QB the following season.
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