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St. Louis Rams Training Camp Preview: Defensive End

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EARTH CITY, MO - JULY 31:  Robert Quinn #94 of the St. Louis Rams takes the field during training camp at the Russell Training Center on July 31, 2011 in Earth City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
EARTH CITY, MO - JULY 31: Robert Quinn #94 of the St. Louis Rams takes the field during training camp at the Russell Training Center on July 31, 2011 in Earth City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The time is final upon us. Training camp is but days away. Worry no more, you'll be able to get your football fix very, very soon.

As in every camp, young guys – some my age – battle it out for a spot on the 53-man roster and this year is no exception.

Lets take a look at a few of the bodies filling up the defensive end corps.

Chris Long: Is there any question this cat will be the starting left DE? The guy had 13 sacks last year – the first player to register double digit sacks since James Hall had 10.5 in 2010 – Leonard Little had 13 way back in 2006. His pass rushing ability has progressed every year since he's been her and with better players along the defensive line, it looks like his productivity will only increase this upcoming season.

Robert Quinn: Robert is expected to be the starter opposite of Long, make it a scary duo for opposing quarterbacks. He racked up five sacks as a rookie last year in limited playing time. He showed off the explosiveness and athleticism that made him the 14th overall pick. His kryptonite was the run game. Nevertheless, with Quinn getting starter-snaps, his sack total should increase a shit load (a few TSTers and I discussed this on twitter a few weeks, months ago).

William Hayes: Hayes is penciled in as the third DE; the rotational fella. Unlike the starters, this William doesn't bring much of a pass rush. His strength is stopping the run, which is something the Rams badly need. He'll play an important role on running situations.

Eugene Sims: Sims is a leftover from the previous regime. Even then, he did not have much of an impact on defense. He will most likely battle the undrafted rookies for a depth and special teams spot.

Scott Smith: Smith is a 6-7, 261-pound undrafted rookie out of Texas Tech. In his senior year, Smith tallied 5.5 sacks in eight games after being suspended for the first four.

Jamaar Jarrett: Jarrett is the other undrafted rookie. He's 6-5 and weighs 265-pounds. Not much of a pass rusher, he only collected 7.5 sacks in his four years at Arizona St.