St. Louis Rams Training Camp Preview: Safeties

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 2: Quintin Mikell #27 and Darian Stewart #20 both of the St. Louis Rams celebrate breaking up a pass against the Washington Redskins at the Edward Jones Dome on October 2, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Redskins beat the Rams 17-10. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Rams begin Training Camp this week. Rookies report to the training facilities on Wednesday, July 25.

Of all the rookies Reporting to camp, three are projected to start camp as safeties.

So to let y'all know who's who in this years training camp, I'll break down the players competing at both safety positions.

Quintin Mikell: Q is the starting strong safety. No question about it. He's the old man of thee group at 32, but he still has gas in the tank. Mikell's strength is defending the run, and the Rams will need his services.

Darian Stewart: After being a serviceable backup during his rookie season, Stewart took over the free safety spot last year. He compliments Mikell – he's the pass defender. But with his ability to defend the pass, comes his nagging knack of missing tackles. Look at him to improve in this aspect of his game.

Craig Dahl: Sweet, bearded baby Jeebus, it's this guy – Craig Dahl. He is the poster child of the "Spagnuoulo Defender"; he's not great at anything, but he's meh at everything else. Dahl can be a serviceable backup and special teams player

Matt Daniels: Daniels is an undrafted rookie out of Duke. He has big time pop, meaning the guy can hit – hard. He's best as an in-the-box safety against the run. Can potentially take over the SS spot once Mikell gets too long in the tooth. But for this season, He can be one of the backups and a special teams player

Rodney McLeod: McLeod is listed at 5-10, 183 pounds. An undrafted rookie out of Virgina, he's on the small side for a safety. He was used in mostly in coverage while at Virginia. He will be fighting for a special teams spot

Quinton Pointer: The UNLV product is the last undrafted rookie at the safety position. He played cornerback while in college. Like McLeod, he will most likely be hunting a special teams spot.

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