Anyone on the Rams roster likely to play in the Pro Bowl? Teams coming off a two win season don't get much respect in that department, see Atogwe, O.J. This is a new Rams team though, and ESPN's MIke Sando throws a couple names into the mix for potential playing time in that other February football game.
His list includes the usual suspects: Steven Jackson, Marc Bulger & Leonard Little, with some potential for Atogwe, Josh Brown and Donnie Jones, who should have also made it last year. Putting out Marc Bulger's name is kind of a limb, but given his Pro Bowls past and potential to rebound playing behind a new o-line it could happen. Who else could potentially get there from the Rams?
I think Chris Long has the opportunity to surprise people this season. He did have 4 sacks last season, a good number for a rookie playing on a defense that wasn't exactly among the league's elite. If they can improve play up front, Long could really break through. Speaking of improved line play, if Steven Jackson has a shot at the Pro Bowl, it'll be in part thanks to C Jason Brown, who should also have a chance for a trip to Hawaii. WR Donnie Avery is a bit of a longer shot given the changes to the Rams offense and the presence of players like Fitzgerald competing for Pro Bowl roster spots, but it's not out of the question. The Rams have a budding star in CB Ron Bartell who should be a candidate if he continues to build on the nice progress he's made. Long INT returns and sexy totals usually give DBs Pro Bowl cred, so Bartell's a longer shot too. Others?
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