When coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead took over in St. Louis last spring, they saw an aging roster that lacked a lot of talent.
So what did they do? They blew it up with an influx of youth.
The Rams have 31 rookies, including 10 draft picks, on their 89-man training camp roster. That’s more than one-third of the players in camp. Let that soak in for a minute.
The Rams have just five players on the roster over the age of 30, and 32-year-old linebacker Mario Haggan is the oldest player on the team.
“If you’re going to build, you want to build with youth, and that’s one of the things that we committed to weeks ago that we’ve got to start young,” Fisher told the media in March at Snead’s introductory press conference. “We’ve got to develop players, we have to build this thing mostly through the draft. We looked at both markets. We felt, ‘Okay, here’s a couple options here in free agency, let’s attack these. Let’s see if we can have some success here.’”
Several rookies will be asked to contribute this year, namely wide receivers Brian Quick and Chris Givens, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, defensive tackle Michael Brockers, punter Johnny Hekker and placekicker Greg Zuerlein.
Ron Clements is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.