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5 St. Louis Rams With the Most to Prove in 2014

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Jeff Fisher’s third season with the St. Louis Rams will be a crossroads year for the NFL’s youngest squad. The talent they’ve stockpiled has had time to mature, and it’s time to start seeing results from all of those high draft choices. The coach himself certainly has plenty to prove in 2014, but these five players will have a big say in whether or not this team is ready to truly compete with the big boys in the NFC West.

5. Robert Quinn

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5. Robert Quinn

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Is it ridiculous to say a guy who just had 19 sacks a year ago still has something to prove? Perhaps, but Robert Quinn the year before his fifth-year option kicks in is in that very situation. The Rams control Quinn through 2015 after exercising his option at $ 6.969 million, but he would be worth far more than that per year on the open market. Extension talks will be largely dependent on just how impressive he is during the 2014 season.

4. Jake Long

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4. Jake Long

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A torn ACL last season and a checkered injury history leave left tackle Jake Long with the need to prove himself in 2014. He played very well on the line after the Rams turned to a run heavy approach midway through the year in 2013, and he is still a valuable member of the team even at 29 years of age. Blindside protectors like Long don’t grow on trees, but he’s going to have to live up to his big deal to avoid an early release.

3. Brian Quick

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3. Brian Quick

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It’s the same old song and dance with wideout Brian Quick. The Rams love what they are seeing from him in practice, but the fact of the matter is he has yet to translate that to the field on Sundays. A total of 29 catches for 458 yards and four touchdowns in 31 games is not enough for a player selected at the top of Round 2 in 2012. This season is officially put up or shut up time for Quick in St. Louis.

2. Janoris Jenkins

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2. Janoris Jenkins

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With a little less trash talking and a bit more focus on covering the man across from him, maybe Janoris Jenkins could regain the form he showed as a rookie when he was a turnover-causing machine with a nose for the end zone. His wars of words saw him burned more often than not during the 2013 campaign. With Cortland Finnegan gone, Jenkins must become the No. 1 corner the Rams expect him to be in his third NFL season.

1. Sam Bradford

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1. Sam Bradford

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It seems like every list pertaining to the Rams and pressure has Sam Bradford at the top, but it’s justified given his asinine contract, newly reconstructed knee and lackluster career to this point. But it’s not just the money that Bradford has to prove he’s worth – although that would certainly be nice. The Rams need him to show some true leadership, give this team a winning attitude and become the franchise QB he was expected to be by now.

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