2012 Team Outlook: St. Louis

 
 
 
 
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2012 Team Outlook: St. Louis

A fantasy football preview of the Rams this year. Profiled players include Sam Bradford, Kellen Clemens, Daryl Richardson, Steven Jackson, and Isaiah Pead.

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After a promising rookie campaign, Bradford's development stalled last year. Injuries played a big part, as did his supporting cast (or lack thereof). The biggest problems lay with an offensive line that gave up a league-high 55 sacks last season. There have been no major personnel improvements on that front and new O-line coach Paul Boudreau will definitely have his work cut out for him. Until the Rams can offer him steady protection, Bradford's ceiling is limited.

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The Clemens re-signing is something of a moral defeat for the Rams. They need better talent behind Sam Bradford.

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Despite being one of the last players selected in the 2012 draft, Richardson has a direct line to playing time in St. Louis and could open the season behind only Pead and Jackson.

UPDATE (8/7): Richardson missed the first week of training camp getting over a hamstring injury suffered in spring minicamp. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports he participated in team drills for the first time Tuesday and "looks full recovered."

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Steven Jackson has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in every year going back to 2005. The Rams' record over that span is a horrendous 29-83. He's never played for a winner -- in fact, he's been a member of some of the worst teams of this millennium. But that hasn't stopped Jackson from putting up stud rushing totals season after season. 2012 should be no different.

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Drafted 50th overall, Isaiah Pead represents the highest pick the Rams have spent on a running back since they took Steven Jackson at number 24 back in 2004. Pead will likely begin his career as a situational player, but should slide right into second behind Jackson on the depth chart. There's a lot of upside here and owners may want to stash him away as insurance against a Jackson injury.

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Will compete with Ovie Mughelli for the right to be Steven Jackson's lead blocker. After three years in the NFL he has a grand total of five rushes for 14 yards. Not a fantasy factor.