Random Ramsdom, July 3: Rankings Abound!

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

It’s July. If it’s relevant to the NFL, it had better be in ranking form. Otherwise, it’s just not news.


Bradford’s Last Stand [VIDEO]:  Pro Football Talk



Quinn Finally Lands on Top 100 Players List:  NFL.com

It was only a matter of time - as the countdown headed toward the Top 10 - that we’d see Robert Quinn’s name grace the Top 100 players of 2014 list.  Here’s Gregg Rosenthal’s take on Quinn’s landing:

2. Robert Quinn wasn't on the list last year. (He should have been.) Now he's No. 13. That feels a tad high, but he certainly ranks as one of the five best pure pass-rushers in the league.


...and in case you missed it from earlier this week, Pete Prisco - over at CBS Sports - provided us all with his own Top 100 List.  Quinn’s spot might [pleasantly] surprise you...

Ranking the 32 NFL Quarterbacks by Tier:  ESPN [Insider]

Now, I know many of you don’t want to fork over the money for Insider, so let me help you out here. Mike Sando asked 26 "anonymous insiders" [Eight general managers, two former GMs, four pro personnel evaluators, seven coordinators, two head coaches, two position coaches and a top executive] to rank QB’s by "tier" with 1 being best, and 5 being....well, not so hot.

Bradford came in tied for 21st in the league with Carson Palmer.  Here’s how it shook out:


...and if it makes you feel any better as a Rams’ fan, Russell Wilson - who tied for 8th best in the league - had one very intriguing little nugget right in the heart of his ranking breakdown:


Five QB’s on the Hot Seat Entering the 2014 Season:  XN Sports

Every year there are NFL players on the hot seat, and often the most scrutinized, most pressure-laden position is quarterback.  In 2014, many youngsters find themselves in pressure situations, whether it’s to receive a big-money contract, to reassure their position with the organization, or just to maintain their jobs for another week.  Here are the five quarterbacks who enter 2014 already on the hot seat...

Best of OTA’s - Defense [VIDEO]:  St. Louis Rams’ Official Site

One of the most exciting things the Rams did this offseason was acquire Gregg Williams as their defensive coordinator.  From rookies like Lamarcus Joyner to veterans like Chris Long, it’s nothing but positives from the Rams’ defense.  Hear what Williams himself, Jeff Fisher, Brian Schottenheimer, Pro Bowler Robert Quinn [and more] have to say about this defense in July.

NFC West’s 10 Most Indispensable Players:  Football Nation

It may come as a bit of a surprise, especially in a division often deemed the best in football, that there are two Rams’ that grace this "Top 10" [of sorts] list.  More surprising might be the Rams’ second selection.  One, at this point, is a no-brainer.

Armstrong to Have Expanded Role in 2014, via  ESPN NFL Nation



Predicting the Last Five In, First Five Out for Rams’ Final 53: Bleacher Report

This article will highlight 10 players who are standing right on the fence and will predict which five make the team and which five fall short.

Which Rams’ Player is Most Likely To Suffer Sophomore Slump:  Cover 32 Rams

It’s not a fun topic to discuss, but with the Rams heading into training camp expecting starting-caliber production from many of their soon-to-be second-year players, the effect of one or more of them hitting a sophomore slump stands to hit this team pretty hard.

Best Immediate Impact Rookie:  With the First Pick

The Rams drafted eleven players in this past May’s NFL draft.  Most feel as though the team did well to address team needs and fill holes.  But of those eleven picks, which one will have the biggest, most immediate impact?

Rams Fantasy Football Team Preview:  Fake Teams

Have a look at the [projected] starters for the Rams’ offense, and how each of them should fair in the upcoming [fantasy] season.  Zac Stacy was a fantasy stud last year.  Can he replicate that success, or will be RBBC approach limit his production?  How about Sam Bradford?  Can he continue on the successes he was having at the beginning of the 2013 season?

July’s Top 100 Fantasy Football Rankings:  RotoWorld

If you’re a fantasy football fan, monitoring the health and progress of NFL players will grow increasingly important as we move through the summer months.  Will rookies pick up the playbook quick enough to make an immediate impact?  How will veterans fit in with their new teams?

For those who don’t care to peruse the entire Top 100 for their favorite Rams, break out your pen and a blank piece of paper.  Write down "26" and then head there for your fix.  Head only there, because there’s only one Ram on the list.  Did Evan Silva get it right, or did he miss a few noteworthy Rams offensive players?

Happy 38th Birthday to former Rams Defensive End and Super Bowl XXXIV Champion, Grant Wistrom!

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