May 23, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams tight end Lance Kendricks (88) catches a ball during an OTA at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
Quarterbacks. More than a handful of quarterbacks ought to be grateful for a full offseason to prepare, a chance to rebound from iffy 2012 NFL seasons thanks in part to the lockout. Over at SBNation.com, we took a look at a handful of players who could really benefit from the current offseason. Guess who one of my picks was? St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, of course.
Bradford is hardly the only player from the Rams who should be pleased with a full offseason to prepare. A few players spring to mind immediately.
Lance Kendricks, TE - Last year's second-round pick was a disappointment, thanks to some ugly dropped passes. The Rams really need him to be a contributor this year. Brian Scottenheimer's offense relied heavily on the tight end in New York, some intense preparation and time with the coaches would allow them to put Kendricks in a similar role.
Greg Salas, WR - I could almost put any wide receiver here. I'm putting Salas here because he really showed something before breaking his leg last year. A breakthrough season from Salas would give the Rams some options at the position next year.
Jason Smith, OT - We've talked about Smith's year way too much already. You know this.
Robert Quinn, DE - Quinn actually had a pretty good rookie year once the coaches finally decided to start playing him. Now, he has to continue that progress.
Jerome Murphy, CB - Kind of goes without saying when you miss the entire season because of a training camp injury. If Murphy pans out, it will give the Rams some excellent depth at the position.
Darian Stewart, S - Stewart played well last year, his second season in the league. Jeff Fisher and his staff have a knack for coaching defensive backs, and that could help make Stewart a solid starter.
Who else should be on this list?