ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – We are a couple days away from the start of training camp for the St. Louis Rams. What looks to be an exciting season for the Rams could result in winnings for the upcoming year.
Here is a look at the top 5 things to watch during training camp.
1.) Nick Foles
A lot of the success for the upcoming season for the Rams relies on the quarterback position. An injured Sam Bradford the past three seasons handcuffed Snead and Fisher to make a move in the off-season, Nick Foles. The former Eagles QB was one of the best, statistically, in the 2013 season and he looks to continue that pace with the Rams. Foles has the skill to throw for more touchdowns and the leadership to take the Rams to the next level. Question is, will he stay healthy?
2.) Offensive line
To go right along with No. 1, the offensive line is going to have a lot to do with Foles’ success this season. An inexperienced line has many Rams fans wondering if they can compete in the NFL. Jeff Fisher is very fond of the rookies, Rob Havenstein, and Jamon Brown, and he expects a huge step with Greg Robinson. The other position that will be new is center, Demetrius Rhaney, Barrett Jones, & former Mizzou Tim Barnes are in the running for the starter position. The team has lost its depth of offensive line and seems to be the weakest position for the upcoming season. Could they surprise some?
3.) Todd Gurley’s health
When the Rams selected Gurley in the 1st round during the draft, many questioned the move. Fisher and Snead both noted that Gurley is the RB of the future and has tremendous skill to be a game changer. Only problem is, his torn ACL from last season. If Gurley can fully recover and contribute for the upcoming season then he could boost the running back group for the Rams to one of the tops in the league. As Rams fans thought, the ACL injury scares many.
4.) Next step for Tavon
Since Tavon was taken in the first round, fans have been waiting for him to become that “elite” receiver. He’s shown signs of it in the past but it has not been consistent. A new quarterback and offensive coordinator for the upcoming season, the team is expecting him to be a big part of the game. Tavon has the skill, he has the speed, and he has the capability of showing his elite skill set, but will the team find a way to get him the ball more. Austin says he’s ready for a big year, and Fisher agrees.
This seems to be no concern for Rams fans for the upcoming season. Pretty much the same roster is returning along with some new additions (Nick Fairley and Akeem Ayers). What is really a game changer will be the second full season under Gregg Williams. The defense showed signs of skill last year, but in the second half of the season. If the defense can find a way to stay consistent and stop the big plays, they have the potential of being top 5 in the league.
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