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Predicting The St. Louis Rams’ Final 53-Man Roster For 2014 Season

Predicting The St. Louis Rams' Final 53-Man Roster To Start The 2014 Season

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The St. Louis Rams were dealt a devastating blow last week when Sam Bradford was lost for the season with a torn ACL. However, they must take some solace that, for the most part, the team looked pretty darn good this preseason.

Here's a look at what the final 53-man roster should look like.

QBs (3)

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QBs (3)

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Shaun Hill, Austin Davis, Garrett Gilbert

Obviously, this isn't the group the Rams were expecting to head into the 2014 campaign with, but they will go with they have for now after Sam Bradford's devastating ACL injury.

RBs (4)

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RBs (4)

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Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham, Tre Mason, Chase Reynolds

It was going to be very difficult to for Chase Reynolds to make the team, but he was given an easier path after Isaiah Pead's season-ending injury. Some are clamoring for Trey Watts as the RB4, but Reynolds' prowess on special teams should help him cement the spot.

WRs (5)

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WRs (5)

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Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis

Pettis wouldn't be making the team in all likelihood if Stedman Bailey wasn't suspended for the season's first four games. Otherwise, not there's much up for debate here, either.

TEs (4)

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TEs (4)

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Jared Cook, Lance Kendricks, Cory Harkey Alex Bayer

The first three spots on the TE depth chart are pretty set in stone, but the fourth is certainly up for grabs. Alex Bayer has played better than Justice Cunningham this preseason, so I'm giving him a leg up.

OL (9)

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OL (9)

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Starters: Jake Long, Greg Robinson, Scott Wells, Rodger Saffold, Joe Barksdale
Reserves: Mitchell Van Dyk, Tim Barnes, Davin Joseph, Sean Hooey

St. Louis' line has not looked good this preseason and likely would not have kept Bradford healthy all season anyway. The Rams need Jake Long healthy and back to normal in order to succeed.

DL (9)

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DL (9)

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Starters: Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers, Kendall Langford, Chris Long
Reserves: Williams Hayes, Alex Carrington, Aaron Donald, Eugene Sims, Michael Sam

Although Ethan Westbrooks has impressed this preseason, I have a hunch the Rams are going to go with Sam as the last member of an incredibly deep defensive line.

LBs (6)

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LBs (6)

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Starters: Alec Ogletree, James Laurinaitis, Jo-Lonn Dunbar
Reserves: Phillip Stewart, Daren Bates, Ray Ray Armstrong

The veteran Laurinaitis leads an under the radar linebacker corps into the 2014 campaign. Expect big things from this unit, and especially from Alec Ogletree in his sophomore campaign.

DBs (10)

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DBs (10)

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Starters: Janoris Jenkins, Lamarcus Joyner, Rodney McLeod, TJ McDonald, Brandon McGee
Reserves: Mo Alexander, Cody Davis, EJ Gaines, Marcus Roberson, Avery Cunningham

CB Trumaine Johnson's injury opens up a starting spot that will likely be filled by McGee. Keep an eye on the rookie nickelback Joyner in 2014, as he already looks like an impact player.

Special Teams (3)

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Special Teams (3)

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Greg Zuerlein-PK, Johnny Hekker-P Jake McQuaide-LS

Zuerlein is a dark horse candidate to secure the only Pro Bowl roster spot for the NFC this season, and Hekker could really help the Rams' defense by having a solid punting campaign.

Timothy Downs is a St. Louis Rams/NFL writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.