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St. Louis Rams: Predicting 5 Surprise Starters in 2014

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Youthful rosters are known to produce surprise starters quite often, and the competition level with the St. Louis Rams in training camp will make them no exception in 2014. Some incumbent veteran starters could be pushed for their jobs by young, hungry guys anxious to make a name for themselves this season. Here are five guys who could pull off a big surprise and become starters for Jeff Fisher’s crew heading into this season.

5. Greg Robinson, OG

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5. Greg Robinson, OG

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The fact that the No. 2 overall pick in the draft will be a starter isn’t the surprise; what’s surprising is that he is likely to start at guard rather than his drafted position of tackle. This is all pending on Jake Long being fully recovered from a torn ACL to begin the season of course, but for now Robinson is penciled in at left guard. His mauling blocking style is tailor made for that role and will really boost an already potent ground game.

4. Aaron Donald, DT

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4. Aaron Donald, DT

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Much like Robinson, it shouldn’t be a surprise that an early first-round pick is a starter from Week 1. What makes Aaron Donald starting from the get-go a big shocker is that he is currently listed above incumbent high-priced veteran Kendall Langford on the depth chart. That could lead to the pricey vet getting his walking papers before camp breaks and the Rams going on their merry way with Donald and Michael Brockers on the interior D-line.

3. Lamarcus Joyner, FS

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3. Lamarcus Joyner, FS

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Given the way the Rams’ secondary performed a year ago, it shouldn’t be a shock that second-rounder Lamarcus Joyner is likely to start at safety from day one. The kid is versatile enough to cover the slot yet has the ability to come down and defend the run in the box all the same. Given that T.J. McDonald is the other safety entering his second season, run defense likely isn’t a big concern, but Joyner has the tools to flourish in any situation.

2. Brian Quick, WR

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2. Brian Quick, WR

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Consider this me cautiously boarding the Brian Quick bandwagon. The upside has been there from the start, but the former Appalachian State wideout just hasn’t been able to produce on the field. Kenny Britt joining the roster should push Quick to realize his potential finally in year three and see a breakthrough in terms of playing time. He could become that big-bodied red zone target Sam Bradford has been missing for so long.

1. Tre Mason, RB

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1. Tre Mason, RB

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It would be shocking to see a rookie displace a second-year guy who performed as well as Zac Stacy did as a rookie a year ago, but Tre Mason is at the very least going to steal carries from the incumbent in the backfield. His burst and ability to help out in the passing game is huge for his value on offense, and having him share the load with Stacy could actually make the bruiser that much more effective when he does tote the rock.

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