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Wide Receiver: Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, Tavon Austin
Tight End: Jared Cook
Say what you want about St. Louis' lackluster and unproven receiving core, but no one can deny that the Rams have acquired imposing size and strength at the position.
Receivers Brian Quick and Kenny Britt, as well as tight end Jared Cook, are all over 200 pounds and stand at 6'3" or taller. In the red zone, these players will be a total nightmare for opposing defensive backs.
Britt is a veteran newcomer from free agency and is easily the most talented receiver the Rams have had since Brandon Lloyd in 2011. He has been quiet in the preseason, but expect that to change once the regular season starts and the Rams begin to spice up the playbook.
Quick has been a disappointment since being drafted No. 33 overall in 2012, but the third-year receiver is surprisingly generating some legitimate hype here in the preseason. In the exhibition against the Green Bay Packers, he pulled in a 41-yard reception and managed to draw a pass interference penalty on the very next play, which set up the Rams' only touchdown of the game.
This isn't the first time Quick has teased us with preseason dominance, but if his new and improved edge turns out to be legitimate, it'll be a major upgrade for the offense and a welcomed surprise.
As for Cook, he came on strong during his first season with the Rams last year. He turned in 671 yards and five scores, but his promising numbers were spoiled with inconsistent play. He'll be eager to contribute more on a week-to-week basis in 2014.
And finally, there's Tavon Austin, who'll undoubtedly look slightly ridiculous lining up in the slot alongside St. Louis' tall receivers, as he stands at only 5'8". However, if Bradford can get him the ball in open space, he'll certainly get the last laugh with his lightening speed and jaw-dropping agility.
While the other receivers will be the chain-movers and red zone monsters, Austin will be the big play specialist. The Rams are hoping that a combination of these skill sets will finally result in a respectable passing game for the first time in years.