Morning Ram-blings: Brewing Battles? –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

 

EARTH CITY, Mo. — While the St. Louis Rams have their share of things to sort out when it comes to formulating a 53-man roster and a depth chart, what they don’t have are any obvious battles for starting positions.

In compiling a list of the top 16 position battles in the NFC, the folks at NFL.com even found themselves grasping for something they admit doesn’t appear to be all that much of a battle.

The choice for the Rams “battle” was at running back but it was clearly made with little confidence that it would actually turn into some sort of derby for a starting job.

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Rams Defense Can Show Way to Playoffs –Bernie

By Bernie Miklasz

Good morning. I’m back from vacation and trying to shake off the rust…

Here are your Bernie Bits for Monday July 28:

1. Having just returned from a holiday in the Dominican Republic, I haven’t had a chance to visit Rams training camp. Besides, I’m of the Allen Iverson school: it’s just practice, man. We’re talking about practice. And too many people overreact to training-camp flashes; other then the coaching staff evaluating camp practices to form opinions on roster spots, the true team-wide judgment begins with the first regular-season game. But I didn’t need to be in Earth City to know there’s considerable buzz over the Rams’ attacking defense under new coordinator Gregg Williams.

Reading some of the early reports and comments from players merely reaffirms something that I wrote earlier this summer: Williams was the Rams’ most important offseason acquisition. The Rams already had the pieces for a disruptive defense but were often too passive last season under deposed coordinator Tim Walton. And that made the St. Louis defense too easy to exploit in the passing game. The 2013 Rams defense wasn’t nearly as effective, overall, as they should have been. But that won’t be the case with Williams. He’s going to unleash the hounds. Exotic blitzes, aggressive “press” coverage, intriguing personnel mixes, and anything to whip up a firestorm of pass-rush pressure on the QB.

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Five Takeaways from Rams’ First Weekend of Training Camp –Karraker

By Randy Karraker

Until the Rams actually put on pads and the offense works against the defense on Tuesday, it’s hard to evaluate a lot of what we’re seeing at Rams Park so far. But some things are either evident or intriguing, and have caught my eye in the early going.

1. All of the hype surrounding Aaron Donald certainly has foundation. Yes, I always say that you can’t really assess linemen until the pads are on. Donald is decidedly different. His quickness has made him unblockable so far. The same things we saw in his college games (and I advise you to check “Aaron Donald highlights” on YouTube), we’re seeing on the practice field in Earth City. Donald has uncommon burst and quickness, along with an amazing ability to innately shed blocks, which allow him to blow past offensive linemen. Plus, he’s remarkably strong. It’ll be interesting to see what he does in games, but his college career and his performance in practice so far lead me to believe that Donald is going to be a dominant force in the NFL. And as coach Rick Venturi pointed out at Sunday’s practice, once Donald starts attracting attention, Michael Brockers is going to be freed up one-on-one. The pass-rushing presence of the first-rounder should make the Rams pass rush even more fierce.

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Fox 2: Kurt Warner Visits Rams Camp –Video

Former Rams Super Bowl Champ QB Kurt Warner visited Rams training camp on Sunday night in Earth City. Warner, now retired and working for the NFL Network did several interviews and tapings while watching the Rams workout. Warner even threw passes to current Rams wide receivers Tevon Austin and Chris Givens. Warner was asked about the pressure of current Rams quarterback Sam Bradford to produce a winning team in 2014.

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Rams Camp Day 3 Report: Overcoming Division’s Elite + Meet WR Kenny Britt –Video

Day Three at Rams Training Camp has Fox 2 Sports Director Martin Kilcoyne how the 2014 Rams are planning on overtaking their division’s elite teams, the Seahawks and 49ers. Martin also introduces you to new Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt. He was a former first round pick, six years ago of Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, when Fish was the top dog with the Tennessee Titans. Also includes comments from James Lauriniatis. (5:36)

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