Random Ramsdom 8/5: Training camp continues but the season has begun

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Kick back, ignore your boss and take some time to read up on the Rams as you begin the week.

Rams @ Browns game preview - So what if it's preseason? It's NFL football and it's back. In only three days the St. Louis Rams will officially hit the game-field for the first time in 2013. You won't want to miss it.

Although Jeff Fisher and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will likely take a bland approach in what is merely an exhibition contest, it will give fans their first live look at the Rams' newly revamped attack. What will Tavon Austin do with his first professional reception and which running back takes the first hand-off?

The first-team units will earn anywhere between a couple series and the first quarter of playing time in week one, so soak it all in. And take it for what it's worth.

St. Louis building a contender - NFL.com's Ian Rapoport was fortunate enough to drop by one of St. Louis' practice sessions and he was, in fact, impressed with what he saw. He assesses many of the key aspects to the "new-look" Rams, including a maturing Sam Bradford and how the team could become a force for years to come.

Bradford and Cook connecting - Recently acquired tight end/slot receiving dual threat Jared Cook is creating as much buzz in St. Louis as anybody. He - and not first-round pick Tavon Austin - is widely expected to be Sam Bradford's go-to target across the middle. It is paramount that the two create instant chemistry come September.

Five irreplaceable starters - Though the Rams are putting together quite a formidable starting cast, there remains many question marks when it comes to their depth at key positions. Second-year quarterback Austin Davis is making a name for himself, but he is no Sam Bradford. The heart and soul of the team, the defensive front-7, will need to stay healthy for the entire unit to keep improving.

Rising and falling stock values - In a perfect world the Rams would have no obvious position battles, but, after all, they are one of the most exciting aspects of training camp. Is the competition at running back finally beginning to take shape? The team may actually have more answers than questions at safety and along the offensive line.

Chiefs sign Rok' Watkins - It didn't take long for last season's 150th overall draft pick, Rokevious Watkins, to again find work. The 338-pound behemoth of a guard was much liked by many Rams fans even though he only ever appeared in one game. He will now be coached by Andy Reid to maintain proper conditioning.


Get ready. Let's go Rams!

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