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Random Ramsdom, 8/7: Camp News, Injury Updates, and Rams vs. Saints Previews

You’re only two days away from meaningful...err...Week 1 preseason football, Rams’ fans! An exciting time, indeed. Here’s everything you need to know before the Saints go marching in...

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Bradford, Long, Wells Likely To Sit on Friday |  ESPN

The St. Louis Rams plan to take plenty of precaution with some of their key players returning from injury during the preseason. When it starts Friday night against the New Orleans Saints at the Edward Jones Dome, it's unlikely that quarterback Sam Bradford, tackle Jake Long and center Scott Wells will play.

Bradford Unlikely to Play in Preseason Opener? |  NewsOK

The St. Louis Rams plan to take plenty of precaution with some of their key players returning from injury during the preseason. Sam Bradford is no exception...

Practice Recap - Prepping for the Season [Video Presser] |  St. Louis Rams’ Official Site

If you’ve got just over five minutes to spare - and we all know you do - listen to Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher provide his thoughts on the status of the team as they head into their first preseason matchup on Friday.

Saints vs. Rams - Five Undrafted Free Agents to Watch |  WhoDat Dish

With the Black and Gold’s first NFL Preseason game of the year just days away, now is really the time for these blooming talents to shine their way into a roster spot. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five undrafted rookies to watch for when the Saints visit the Gateway to the West to take on the St. Louis Rams.

Preseason Preview - Saints at Rams |

The high-powered New Orleans Saints begin their quest for another successful campaign on Friday night at the Edward Jones Dome when they open the preseason against what figures to be an improved St. Louis Rams team.

Payton Downplays Meaningful Matchup vs. Williams |  Associated Press

Saints coach Sean Payton says he doesn't see an impending preseason matchup against his former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, as "a big topic."

A Look Back at Meaningful Saints vs. Rams Matchups |  ESPN

This game will mark the first time in 46 years that the two franchises will have met during the preseason.

Hello, Drew Brees [1:30 seconds in]

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Rams’ D Challenges Offense to Respond |  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This defense wants to wreak this season with aggressive coordinator Gregg Williams back in charge. While gearing up to do that, this rambunctious unit is helping toughen up the Rams offense.

Long Trying to Stay Patient as He Heals |  News Observer

St. Louis Rams left tackle Jake Long has sat around longer than he's wanted. He is going to have to wait a little more before he gets to play in a football game.

2014 NFL Offseason Awards |  Bleacher Report

And the award for "Worst Work in Free Agency" goes to...

Depth Chart Reveals Sam as DE3 |

The biggest story of St. Louis Rams training camp has been rookie Michael Sam, who could be facing an uphill battle in trying to make the team. He's listed third string, at right defensive end, on the depth chart released Aug. 4 by the team.

Is it Realistic to Expect "More Production" from Ogletree? |  Ramblin’ Fan

Heading into his second year in the NFL, the St. Louis Rams second 1st-round selection from the 2013 NFL Draft will be looking to improve on a fabulous rookie campaign. Alec Ogletree, a safety-to-linebacker convert out of the University of Georgia, struggled early in the year last season, especially versus the run and in coverage.

Rams’ Camp Report - Day 11 |  ESPN

Never underestimate the value of the "third phase" of the game.  The Rams’ special teamers took the field on Wednesday.  A few things to note...

Rams’ Camp Report - Day 10 |  ESPN

Special teams took the field for practice on Wednesday.  Here are a few notes for the rest of the team, from ESPN’s Nick Wagoner, from Tuesday’s action.

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Bailey’s Absence May Hurt the Rams More Than You’d Think |  Ramblin’ Fan

One of the many players on the St. Louis Rams’ roster that many expected to break out this season was Stedman Bailey. Those expectations took a turn for the worst when the second year receiver received a four game suspension for violation the league’s substance abuse policy.

Austin, Bailey Ready for Second Season with Rams |  KMOV St. Louis

Wide receiver Tavon Austin expects to make more of an impact in his second season with the St. Louis Rams. Former West Virginia teammate Stedman Bailey will be part of the plan, too, after serving a four-game suspension at the start of the season.

Hill an Old Hand at Learning New System |  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Rams backup quarterback Shaun Hill already has 12 NFL seasons under his belt. So no, this isn’t the first time he’s had to learn a new playbook.

Top 10 Defensive Player of the Year Candidates |  Sporting News

Winning Defensive Player of the Year in the NFL is a big deal.  Over the past 15 seasons, only one player, Ray Lewis, took home two awards — in 2000 and 2003. Between him, it was Michael Strahan and Derrick Brooks, who were just inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Elevate to that level, and there’s a good chance Canton will come calling.  Following the trend, someone new will likely win this season.

Full Madden Ratings for the Entire Rams’ Team |  Cover 32 Rams

Jake McQuaide is apparently the worst player on the take these ratings with a grain of salt.

Top 5 Offensive Lines in the NFL |  Football Nation

Most headlines surrounding the St. Louis Rams revolve around the defensive line, better known as "Sack City."  The offensive line, while seemingly improved, doesn’t get much credit though.  Or does it...

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