St. Louis Rams’ 5 Most Intriguing Players of 2014

St. Louis Rams' 5 Most Intriguing Players of 2014

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
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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.

5. Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S

Lamarcus Joyner, St. Louis Rams
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5. Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S

Lamarcus Joyner, St. Louis Rams
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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.

4. Kenny Britt, WR

Kenny Britt, St. Louis Rams
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4. Kenny Britt, WR

Kenny Britt, St. Louis Rams
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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.

3. Tavon Austin, WR

Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
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3. Tavon Austin, WR

Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
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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.

2. Michael Sam, DE

Michael Sam, St. Louis Rams
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2. Michael Sam, DE

Michael Sam, St. Louis Rams
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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.

1. Sam Bradford, QB

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
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1. Sam Bradford, QB

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
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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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  • Jared Hemmerich

    I don’t know how much everyone else has watched LaMarcus Joyner, but I am a huge Florida State fan as well as a huge Rams fan, so I’ve watched Joyner play every game since his true Freshman year at FSU. Don’t knock the dudes size, he plays way bigger than what you see on paper. LaMarcus Joyner has made a career at FSU for laying the wood to opposing offensive players, Joyner can flat out knock your block off. Pairing Joyner with T.J. in the secondary and WR’s are going to be looking over their shoulder for those two guys every play or they’re going to get knocked out.

  • CcrBoomer

    I ‘am excited about what the Ram’s are building! The future looks good behind Fish and company. Season can not get here quick enough for me!!