With the 2014 season behind them, the St. Louis Rams now turn their focus to the offseason. Free agency and the NFL draft will help shape the roster in hopes of ultimately earning this team a playoff berth for the first time in...a long time.
But they’ve got their work cut out for them...especially on offense.
Offensively, they’ve got several key players who may test free agency. They’ve also got a few -at key positions - looking to bounce back from season-ending injuries and earn their spot on the depth chart.
But before you put on your GM hat, here are a few things to note:
* The players listed at each position [below] were taken from the Rams’ official website. However, some of the more versatile players can be [and are] shifted around. It happens.
* Some positions have players who aren’t free agents, but aren’t penciled in as starters. That’s based on the premise that they will most likely be released [I’m looking at you, Scott Wells]. Feel free to slide them right back in at a starter role if you think they’re the guy for the job.
* I purposely placed Sam Bradford as the team’s backup. It’s not that he couldn’t potentially be starting, but for the first time in his NFL career he’ll be [truly] competing for the job. Jeff Fisher has said as much.
* There are several Rams’ players who will be competing against free agents and rookies to stake their claim on the depth chart in 2015. The "Potential" players underneath each position will display "free agents" and "rookies." Links to free agents will direct you to the list of 2015 FA's - on Spotrac - for that particular position [If you’re not familiar, the site is great for player contracts, and how keeping/cutting them could impact the team]. The "Rookies" link[s] will direct you to CBS Sports, which is sorted and ranked by position for the 2015 draft class.
You be the judge. Who can build the best - albeit realistic - roster for the 2015 Rams?
Backup: Sam Bradford
Potentially: Shaun Hill [FA], Austin Davis [FA] Free Agent, or Rookie
Starter: Tre Mason
Potentially: Zac Stacy, Isaiah Pead, Benny Cunningham, Chase Reynolds [FA], Tre Watts, Free Agent, or Rookie
X: Brian Quick
Y: Tavon Austin
Potentially: Kenny Britt [FA], Chris Givens, Stedman Bailey, Emory Blake, Free Agent, or Rookie
Starter: Jared Cook
Potentially: Lance Kendricks [FA], Cory Harkey [FA], Mason Brodine, Brad Smelley, Free Agent, or Rookie
Starter: Greg Robinson
Potentially: Jake Long, Mike Person [FA], Brandon Washington [FA], Free Agent, or Rookie
Starter: Rodger Saffold
Potentially: Mike Person [FA], Barrett Jones, Travis Bond, Free Agent, or Rookie
Potentially: Scott Wells, Tim Barnes [FA], Barrett Jones, Demetrius Rhaney, Free Agent, or Rookie
Potentially: Davin Joseph [FA], Mike Person [FA], Barrett Jones, Free Agent, or Rookie
Potentially: Joseph Barksdale [FA], Jake Long, Brandon Washington [FA], Free Agent, or Rookie