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St. Louis Rams training camp position battles: Starting to start

A few Rams players have made very good early impressions, and have been rewarded with starters reps. What they do with the opportunity remains to be seen, but they are off to a good start.

Dilip Vishwanat

There has been plenty of speculation as to how the St. Louis Rams depth chart will shake out. For a team that's so young, there are not as many holes to fill as one would think. That does not mean battles will not ensue. So far - while it is still early - there have been a few players that have made their presence felt, and they've been given the opportunity to show what they got with the top unit.

No surprise here with Tavon Austin getting some rushing reps - the Rams will surely continue to look to get him the ball every way possible - but it's Benny Cunningham to take notice of here. He continues to be the top back behind Zac Stacy, and he is spelling Stacy with the top unit. He is the only back to do so, thus far. Also, Isaiah Pead has been getting a nice chunck of work with the twos. Could this be him getting another opportunity to show his stuff, or is Brian Schottenheomer looking to get him more involved?

The interesting continues to be interesting. Quite a few people out there - myself included - have already predicted Kenny Britt winning a starting position, though it is still early. The big surprise here is Brian Quick.

Les Snead and Jeff Fisher have said year three for Quick. They wanted to ease him along to help him get acclimated to the playbook and speed of the NFL. Now that year three is here, it looks as if they are going to get him in there ready or not. Or maybe all the talk of the most improved player carried more weight than some believed. It will be interesting to see who lines up where in the first preseason game.

A few other depth chart notes from Rams' practice so far:

  • Barrett Jones returned to the second team after a day of working with the ones. Fisher continues to mix and match up front.
  • Lamarcus Joyner is working with the ones in the slot. No big surprise here considering Fisher said as much would happen when Joyner was drafted. But in OTA's it was Brandon McGee working with the one's.
  • Outside of Sam Bradford, no quarterback has received more reps than Garrett Gilbert. The team appears to want him at least on the same level - playbook wise - as the other quarterbacks. Will be interesting to see what he does with the opportunity.

Stay tuned as things continue to shape up throughout training camp.