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Random Ramsdom, 7/31: Do the Rams Have the Best Rushing Attack in the NFL?

With only FIVE more Thursdays before the Rams’ 2014 season-opener there’s an unusual, albeit optimistic, buzz in St. Louis. Heads are turning, expectations are heightening, and certain player’s seasons may not be all that “make or break”...

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Rams Set to Have Best Running Game In the NFL in 2014 |  Bleacher Report

When everyone else is zigging, sometimes the only way to get ahead is to zag.

That appears to be the philosophy of the St. Louis Rams this offseason. After selecting Greg Robinson with the second overall pick of the 2014 draft, Les Snead and Jeff Fisher revisited Auburn in the third round to select running back Tre Mason.

2011 NFL Draft Re-Do |

Gil Brandt redoes the 2011 NFL draft, based on how the players have panned out since.  You may remember, the Rams took Pro Bowl DE Robert Quinn with the 14th pick that year.  As luck would have it, he’s not around at 14 in the re-do.  As a matter of fact, he’s lining up against the Rams’ O-line...for the San Francisco 49ers.  Yikes!

Phil Savage Impressed By Rams Visit |  ESPN

Savage works as the executive director of the Senior Bowl and does television work right here on ESPN as a contributor to "NFL Insiders." Savage stopped by Rams Park on Tuesday and watched the St. Louis Rams' first padded practice.

Five Players Turning Heads at Rams Camp |  Bleacher Report

This article will highlight several players who have been turning heads early on in camp. Hopefully, at least one of these players has a breakout year in 2014.

NOT a Make-or-Break Year for Bradford |  USA Today

Sam Bradford sounds like a franchise quarterback, and he surely gets paid like one. His bosses treat him like one, building the St. Louis Rams offense around the premise that the man drafted No. 1 overall will be the centerpiece for a long time.

But for some reason or another, people keep asking...Is this a make-or-break year for Bradford?

Michael Sam drew a large crowd of media following Tuesday’s training camp session at Rams Park, but it was just business as usual for the NFL’s most popular seventh-round pick.

St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam said that he's simply "a football player" when asked at Rams training camp if he wanted to be a trailblazer, according to USA Today Sports.

Every so often the though creeps into your mind "the Rams have a young secondary, and they're not the strength of the defense."  Then, much like Lloyd Christmas on a moped in the not-so-Rocky-mountains, one of PFF’s signature stats pops up...and totally redeems the secondary!

By the way he was moving and cutting, most people would have no idea that Sam Bradford is coming back from a knee injury.  The knee brace gave it away...but that was the only evidence.

We [Bolts from the Blue] take a look at the off-season the Rams had, as we skip ahead to preview our Week 12 opponent. After a 7-9 season, what did St. Louis do to improve heading into this year?

Training Camp Preview - Pads On |  Ramblin’ Fan

While the special teams players were the first to shell up for the St. Louis Rams on Monday, Tuesday marked the first "full-team" padded training camp practice of the year. Most reputable football minds will tell you that you cannot truly evaluate players until the shoulder pads are on, and the action is live. So, with one "evaluate-able" day in the books, here are our five takeaways...

Forget for a moment the freakish athleticism. Put aside the elite speed. Don't acknowledge the explosive ability to transition from quickness to power.  All of those things combine to form the pass rushing terror that is St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn.  Now consider Quinn just turned 24 in May and members of his coaching staff still believe him to be something of a pass rushing neophyte.

NFP 2014 Power Rankings |  National Football Post

Power rankings mean everything in football.  And, for that reason, I cannot complete this article without one.  National Football Post ranked all 32 teams a little over a month before the kickoff of the regular season.  Where did they rank the Rams? the NFC West.

Say What, Herm? "The kid from Notre Dame....nose guy" ESPN