St. Louis Rams: Thursday's Rams News and Notes at Noon

Shane GraySenior Analyst IJuly 5, 2012

Welcome to Thursday's St. Louis Rams "News and Notes at Noon," the preeminent daily Rams update article with all major Rams headlines and other information of interest with brief commentary and analysis for Ram Nation. 

Rams news is hard to come by today, however, there were a few new and interesting items of interest to touch on. 


St. Louis Rams General Manager Les Snead with Mark Schlereth and John Kincade of ESPN

St Louis general manager Les Snead shared his thoughts with Mark Schlereth and John Kincade of ESPN Radio on the Rams roster, the selection of 2012 NFL draft first-round pick Michael Brockers, finding players to fit with Jeff Fisher and much more.  

In addition, Schlereth and John Clayton answered a variety of questions regarding the Rams and the NFC West. Listen to it here


Analysis of Rams Rookies 

Alex Dunlap of took a nice look at all of the players from the first four rounds of the Rams 2012 draft, Michael Brockers, Brian Quick, Janoris Jenkins, Isaiah Pead, Trumaine Johnson and Chris Givens. 

Of note, Dunlap says that when he asked Mike Mayock of the NFL Network who was underrated in this draft, Rams third-round cornerback Trumaine Johnson was the first player he mentioned. 

I agree with Dunlap in regard to his assertions that wide receiver Chris Givens, nabbed at the top of round four, could be a steal. In fact, I expect him to develop into a starting-caliber wideout for St. Louis.

Overall, it appears obvious that Dunlap loved the Rams draft, as you will see when you read his above-linked piece.  


What Does St. Louis Need to Make the postseason? 

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports posted this article sharing his thoughts on what every NFL team needs to do to make the playoffs. 

I will not give it all away, but I will say that Prisco asserts that it will take a very big year from quarterback Sam Bradford for that to occur.  

He also asserts that a certain aspect of the defense will need to be very good this fall for the Rams to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.  

In a sense, I agree with Prisco regarding Bradford. However, when you read exactly what he said, I do not agree with the specific point that he made.  

I believe this offense and its ultimate success will be predicated on a strong, consistent running game. A running game led by three-time Pro Bowl back Steven Jackson, with a strong assist from rookie Isaiah Pead, who I think will show some great promise as a rookie.  

Yes, Bradford will need to be better, and much better, than he was in 2011.  

However, I do not agree that he will have to play at the level of a certain all-time great quarterback, as Prisco does, for St. Louis to have a shot at the postseason.  

Will he have to be good? Yes, he will have to be good. But will he have to play to the level of someone who has established himself as an annual top-three or top-four quarterback? No, I do not believe that will be necessary for the Rams to contend and potentially earn an NFC wild-card berth.  

I believe, again, that the key will be for him to play well while relying on the run game.

This is a Jeff Fisher-led team, after all, and that is the way he has always approached it. I do not envision that changing this year.  

As for Prisco's defensive key, I agree with him in regard to that aspect and how important that will be in terms of impact on the coming campaign.

It will indeed go a long way in determining how much success the Rams ultimately have in 2012. 


Columnist Suggests that Lance Kendricks Can Emerge as Bradford's Favorite Target

Bleacher Report's James Dudko suggests that 2011 second-round tight end Lance Kendricks can emerge as Bradford's go-to guy this season. 

Dudko points to the success that St. Louis offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer had with tight end Dustin Keller with the New York Jets. He sees the potential of this occurring with Kendricks in the Gateway City.

Dudko points to the fact that Keller has been productive in the passing game and has been a strong red-zone target (with 15 touchdowns during the last four seasons.) 

Last season, Keller found the endzone five times and hauled in 65 receptions at 12.5 yards per catch.

Interestingly, Keller and Kendricks are nearly the same size. Keller goes 6'2" and tips the scales at 250, while Kendricks checks in at 6'3" and a very similar 247 pounds.  


Does Roger Goodell Really Want a Team to Move to Los Angeles? 

Finally, Randy Karraker of and Steve Savard of discuss the Roger Goodell memo that went to all 32 teams recently. Both share some interesting thoughts on this subject.  

Their discussion is sure to be a hot topic in the comments section of this column.

Whenever the Rams lease negotiations are brought up and/or anytime L.A.-stadium talk is thrown around, dissenting views from Rams fans in different areas of the county always emerge. 


Have a great day, as always, STL Rams Nation. 


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