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Good news, St. Louis Rams’ fans! There are only eight weeks between now and kickoff of the 2014 NFL season. That alone should pique your interest...

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After a Disappointing Season, Rams’ Defense Loaded and Hungry:  Sports Illustrated

It was a muggy June morning, the second-to-last day of the Rams’ OTA. After talking football for 20 minutes in his office, head coach Jeff Fisher was easily diverted to a discussion of his fast-approaching vacay.

Rams’ Top Plays - Warner to Bruce:  ESPN NFL Nation

This is the third of three plays nominated as the most memorable play in St. Louis Rams history. In the past two days, we have featured Ricky Proehl's 30-yard touchdown catch to beat Tampa Bay in the NFC Championship Game and linebacker Mike Jones' game-saving tackle as time expired in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Steve Smith Says Rams Didn’t Give Him an Opportunity:  Sports Illustrated

Steve Smith won a national championship at USC, he won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants and he’s a former Pro Bowler.  He’s also, at 29, out of football.

Michael Sam Hits the Trading Card Circuit:  Outsports

Michal Sam, the openly gay St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end, is doing what countless pro athletes have done before him, and even more will do after: Attend card-signing events. Dozens of these events take place across the country each year, where current and former athletes will sign trading cards, footballs, helmets and other memorabilia for a fee.

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2014 Depth Chart Updates - NFC West:  Pro Football Focus

There aren’t many good things that come from PFF’s ranking of the Rams.  They’ve perused the comments section though, and have collectively revised a few of their takes on the NFC West.

2014 Run/Pass Rate Projections:  RotoWorld

The Rams have certainly lead us to believe they’ll rely heavily on the run game in 2014, but will that ultimately be the case?  Mike Clay breaks down each of the NFL’s teams, from pass-to-run heavy.

Join the Rams for Ladies Football Camp [VIDEO]:  St. Louis Rams’ Official Site

Sign up for Ladies Football Camp at Rams Park on July 19th for the chance to work out with certified Rams Training Academy Instructors, meet players and tour our facilities!

Rams’ Best and Worst Contracts:  Over the Cap

The Rams have a different way of handling contracts than many other teams in the NFL. They are more creative and certainly much more quirky with the contracts than others. Most of their contracts maintain a great deal of flexibility, but at the same time there are a number of high guaranteed and high contract value players which make it more difficult to come up with a best contract.

Five Most Pressing Questions for Rams:  Football Nation

The St. Louis Rams had an excellent draft. They are flying high during the off-season. But as we all know, wins and losses and losses don't count until the season start.  Here are the five of the most pressing questions as the Rams head into training camp.

Star Tight Ends Fight Identity Crisis:  Yahoo! Sports

Somewhere between the big, tough offensive tackle and the quick, athletic wide receiver there is the NFL tight end -- physically and often in alignment.  Here’s a closer analysis for tight ends of each of the NFL’s 32 teams...

In Case You Missed ‘Em, TST Roster Previews for Rams’ Players [thus far]...

*  RB Isaiah Pead
*  RB Benny Cunningham
*  WR Kenny Britt
*  WR Chris Givens
*  WR Stedman Bailey
*  WR Austin Pettis
*  TE Justice Cunningham
*  OT Jake Long
*  OT Joe Barksdale
*  DT Aaron Donald
* LB Sammy Brown
*  CB Lamarcus Joyner
*  SS Matt Daniels
*  FS Rodney McLeod

...stay tuned, as we’ll continue to preview each of the Rams’ players as we head toward kickoff of the 2014 NFL season!