St. Louis Rams Training Camp: 5 Questions That Must be Answered

St. Louis Rams Training Camp: 5 Questions That Must be Answered

Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher and an assistant at Rams Rookie Minicamp
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Here are the top 5 questions that must be answered by the St. Louis Rams if they are to reach their potential.

5. Who will emerge as the starting running back?

Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams
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5. Who will emerge as the starting running back?

Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams
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Auburn rookie Tre Mason and Zac Stacy will engage in what could be the most important offensive position battle this season for the Rams. It will be interesting to see how their carries are split up heading into the preseason. If the Rams are going to be a playoff team, both may have to contribute to ensure offensive stability.

4. Will the Rams secondary be able to contain the NFC West passing attack?

Rams Secondary during defensive drills
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4. Will the Rams secondary be able to contain the NFC West passing attack?

Rams Secondary during defensive drills
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Last year, the St. Louis Rams secondary gave up an average of about 242 passing yards per game. The addition of Lamarcus Joyner as a nickle corner has the potential to help, but fans should have some serious doubts if starters T.J. McDonald and Rodney McCleod do not look polished during camp.

3. Who will emerge as the No. 2 receiving option?

Rams receivers (left to right)  Gabe Loper, Emory Blake, and Stedman Bailey.
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3. Who will emerge as the No. 2 receiving option?

Rams receivers (left to right)  Gabe Loper, Emory Blake, and Stedman Bailey.
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After a great rookie year, Tavon Austin has proved he can provide the type of big play potential that the Rams have been missing, but he lacks help. Receivers Chris Givens and Brian Quick are watching their stock drop after two pedestrian seasons, and veteran Kenny Britt has lingering knee issues, leaving it up to Emory Blake, Stedman Bailey, and Gabe Loper to emerge as a consistent threat this year.

2. Can Sam Bradford lead this team to the playoffs?

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
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2. Can Sam Bradford lead this team to the playoffs?

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
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The Rams knew what they were getting into when they drafted the injury-prone Bradford in 2010, but this year will be critical when deciding how was that decision was. After missing the majority of last season Bradford is tasked with fighting for a playoff spot in the leagues toughest division. Because of the depth of this roster, Bradford will have doubters if he takes longer than expected to shake off the rust.

1. Will Michael Sam make the final roster?

Michael Sam, St. Louis Rams
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1. Will Michael Sam make the final roster?

Michael Sam, St. Louis Rams
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The Rams knew what they were getting into when they drafted the injury-prone Bradford in 2010. After missing the majority of last season, Bradford is tasked with fighting for a playoff spot in the league's toughest division. Because of the depth of this roster, Bradford will have doubters if he takes longer than expected to shake off the rust.


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