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5 Most Irreplaceable Players for the St. Louis Rams in 2014

The 5 Most Irreplaceable St. Louis Rams In 2014

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After a season full of injuries and a 7-9 record in 2013, the St. Louis Rams project to be one of the most interesting teams to follow during the 2014 campaign. Despite playing in a tough NFC West, there is a feeling in the sport that they can compete for a division title if they can stay healthy. Here are five players who are irreplaceable to their roster.

5. Jared Cook

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5. Jared Cook

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Tight end Jared Cook is imperative to the Rams' success in 2014. Their receiving corps is mainly unproven and inexperienced, so Cooks' ability to produce in the passing game is invaluable. Sam Bradford needs a security blanket he can trust to catch quick passes, and it needs to be Cook for them to succeed.

4. Alec Ogletree

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4. Alec Ogletree

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Linebacker Alec Ogletree stands to benefit from the Rams' strong defensive line. With Robert Quinn and Chris Long wreaking havoc up front, Ogletree should find new paths to the quarterback. The role becomes essential to what new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams wants to accomplish, and they need him healthy for the whole season.

3. Jake Long

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3. Jake Long

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Left tackle Jake Long is coming off knee surgery, but reports indicate he should be ready for the season opener. The Rams have struggled to protect Bradford for years now, and with a rookie most likely starting at left guard, Long's presence is even more of a necessity.

2. Sam Bradford

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2. Sam Bradford

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Quarterback Sam Bradford is also coming off a knee surgery, and it is no secret that he has been injury-prone throughout his career. Bradford could finally have that breakout season in 2014 if he develops a rapport with his receiving corps, but if he misses any significant time, St. Louis is done for.

1. Robert Quinn

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1. Robert Quinn

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Defensive end Robert Quinn had a stellar 2013 season, with 19 sacks and 50 tackles. He is arguably one of the top two DEs in the NFL, and although the Rams do have some depth on the line, losing a player of Quinn's stature would be incredibly difficult to overcome, and it is unlikely that they would.

Timothy Downs is a sports writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.