The Complete St. Louis Rams Training Camp Guide
Steven Jackson is out, and Sam Bradford will be forced to step up as the leader of the offense. Armed with new additions Tavon Austin, Jared Cook and Jake Long, Bradford is under enormous pressure to produce career-high numbers in the upcoming season.
On defense, Chris Long and Robert Quinn lead arguably the most dangerous pass rush in all of football, while playmaker Janoris Jenkins is a hawk in the secondary. But with no proven talent at safety, the unit could be vulnerable to the deep ball.
Jeff Fisher took over a franchise in distress, coming off a 2-14 season, and instantly turned them into a surprisingly competitive club that finished with a 7-8-1 record last season.
In Fisher's second year, the fans can hardly wait to see what he has in store for 2013.
In the meantime, this piece will serve as your ultimate training camp guide, providing you with analysis on the top training camp battles, storylines and much more.
Training Camp, Preseason Schedule
According the StLouisRams.com, here is the official training camp schedule. All dates are open to the public, but dates and times are subject to change .
Thursday, July 25 Practice 3:30 p.m. CT
Friday, July 26 Practice 3:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, July 27 Practice 5:30 p.m. CT
Monday, July 29 Practice 3:30 p.m. CT
Wednesday, July 31 Practice 3:30 p.m. CT
Thursday, August 1 Practice 5:30 p.m. CT
Friday, August 2 Practice 3:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, August 3 Scrimmage 12:30 p.m. CT at Edward Jones Dome
Monday, August 5 Practice 3:30 p.m. CT
Tuesday, August 6 Practice 3:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, August 10 Practice 3:30 p.m. CT
Monday, August 12 Practice 3:30 p.m. CT
Thursday, August 15 Practice 3:30 p.m. CT
Friday, August 16 Practice 11:15 a.m. CT
Monday, August 19 Practice 3:30 p.m. CT
Tuesday, August 20 Practice 4:00 p.m. CT
Wednesday, August 21 Practice 3:30 p.m. CT
August 8: at Cleveland Browns, 8:00 p.m. ET
August 17: vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:00 p.m. ET
August 24: at Denver Broncos, 8:00 p.m. ET
August 29: vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:00 p.m. ET
The Rams will enter camp at maximum capacity with 90 players, but the coaching staff will chip away at that number and only 53 will survive until Week 1 of the regular season.
The roster is currently bloated with camp bodies and low-level players with no real shot at making the squad. They may encounter a surprise gem or two, but other than that, it will be relatively easy to trim the fat.
For a complete roster analysis, covering all 90 players, click here.
The Rams will enter the 2013 season eyeing their first postseason appearance in nearly a decade.
San Francisco and Seattle are tough teams to overcome, but the Rams will be a nasty team in 2013 and will field one of the top defensive units in all of football.
Before the Rams can think about winning the division or earning a wild-card spot, they'll need to answer a few questions in training camp.
Click here to view the burning questions facing the Rams this preseason.
Biggest Camp Battles
Training camp is all about internal competition among teammates—the strong survive, and those who slip up quickly find themselves unemployed.
The preseason will allow players to compete for jobs and eventually earn a spot on the 53-man roster.
For the St. Louis Rams, there are several positions that will feature fierce training camp competition.
For a preview of the top training camp battles, click here.
Rookie and UDFA Watch
The St. Louis Rams brought in a promising group of veterans through free agency—Jared Cook, Jake Long—but their rookie class is also something special.
The Rams used the draft not only to add to Sam Bradford's arsenal, but to also solidify an already stout defensive front.
For a look at the Rams rookie class (including undrafted free agents) and an analysis on where they stand in the upcoming season, click here.
Some players will enter camp with a complete sense of security, as their jobs are perfectly secure.
Others enter camp with determination, but they refuse to get their hopes up, as they know there's little to no chance that they'll make the final roster.
However, some players are in between. They're unsure of where they stand in the upcoming season. They could make the final roster, or they could go home in the first week.
For a look at these players who are "on the bubble," click here.
Projected Final 53-Man Roster
The Rams will enter the 2013 season with the top 53 players.
It's anyone's guess who the top 53 will be, and there are numerous possibilities as to which players make the final cut and which players are sent packing.
For a prediction of the final 53-man roster, click here.