St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead gave his brief press conference at the 2014 Combine on Friday afternoon. He covered a handful of pressing subjects to the team's offseason. Here's a very quick recap of what Snead had to say. We'll have more soon.
And for those of you not watching the hockey game, Jeff Fisher gives his presser at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. You can watch it at DenverBroncos.com (yeah, I don't know the Rams aren't streaming it).
Snead talked up Pead's contributions on special teams last season. He also said: "He is a competitor. He has a fire. We'll try to continue evolving the role."
Snead discussed the injuries and recovery process for Sam Bradford and Jake Long, brushing off any concerns he had.
Snead said he's not losing sleep about Bradford and Jake Long's injuries, but Long is behind because of surgery.— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) February 21, 2014
He added that the process was going well, but his comment about Long opens up the question about whether or not he'll be ready to play in Week 1.
It certainly didn't sound like receiver was a top priority for the Rams in this draft. In fact, one guy that Snead really talked up was Bailey, calling him a "quarterback-friendly receiver."
Snead also pointed to the depth of this draft at wide receiver. He noted that the 15th receiver picked could be a starter.
The QB issue came up right out of the gate. Snead pointed to Bradford's relatively young age (he turns 27 in Nov.), his experience and his 5-2-1 record in the NFC West over the last two seasons as the main advantages for No. 8. As far as contract negotiations, Snead noted that it wasn't the right time last season. He added that talks were "active and ongoing" on that front.
He's the team's number one priority during the offseason, per Snead. He also said that about Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola last year, which is a good reminder to take EVERYTHING said here with a huge grain of salt. But it is at least hopeful.
Snead went on to say that offensive line was a priority for the team, and that the shape of it would become clearer as contract situations were resolved and players recover from injuries.