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5 Things We’ve Learned From St. Louis Rams’ Early OTAs

5 Things We've Learned From St. Louis Rams' Early OTAs

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The key for the St. Louis Rams to compete in the dominant NFC West is for the players to come together as a team. There is talent on this roster, but rookies will need to step up and veterans have to provide leadership. With OTAs underway, the public is starting to get a small glimpse of how the 2014 season is starting to shape up for St. Louis.

5. Backup QB Battle

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5. Backup QB Battle

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If anything was to happen to Sam Bradford, the potential replacement quarterback would be Shaun Hill, Garrett Gilbert or Austin Davis. At 34 years old, Hill is not far away from retirement, and the ability of Gilbert and Davis to lead a team is very questionable. Gilbert and Davis have reportedly looked decent in OTAs, but the Rams may need to look into a better backup plan.

4. All Rookie Draft Picks Signed

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4. All Rookie Draft Picks Signed

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I feel this was actually a very smart move for the Rams. Instead of players worrying about their involvement with the team, the rookies drafted can now focus purely on football after getting their deals out of the way.

3. Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams Welcomed

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3. Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams Welcomed

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Players are apparently taking to new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Williams will have his work cut out for him with a defensive that ranked 19th against the pass in 2013, but it is a good sign that the players are buying into him.

2. Michael Sam Taking Reps With Second Team

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2. Michael Sam Taking Reps With Second Team

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Michael Sam is reportedly fitting in well with his new teammates, and he almost had an interception in one of his practice sessions. He will still have to work hard to find any sort of reoccurring role in the defense, but he appears to be having a positive experience with his new team.

1. Receivers Look Good

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1. Receivers Look Good

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The Rams have several talented receivers, but the receiving group as a whole appears to look fluid. From Tavon Austin to new addition Kenny Britt, Sam Bradford has plenty of weapons to have a successful season in 2014.