The main storyline of the St. Louis Rams during this offseason has been the overhaul of their roster. They entered free agency after a losing season, finishing the 2014 regular season 6-10, with an NFC West Divisional record of 2-4. Their offseason began with a major trade that sent quarterback Sam Bradford, the #1 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, and a conditional draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles. In exchange the Rams received quarterback Nick Foles and additionally, a fourth-round pick in 2015 and second-round pick in 2016. This move alongside drastic changes to the offensive line has given the team a brand new look. The Rams, who struggled on offense last season, averaged 212.5 passing yards and 102.2 rushing yards per game. The loss of Sam Bradford again to injury in the beginning of the season, pointed the offseason directive towards a fresh start. Could this be best perceived way of rebuilding what was once the great show on turf?
Coach Jeff Fisher will be deploying a completely remodeled offensive line at the start of the 2015 season. The Rams have cleared house, as they parted ways with four offensive linemen: Jake Long, Joseph Barksdale, Scott Wells and Davin Joseph. In addition to the departures of the offensive line, they also went their separate way from quarterback Shaun Hill and defensive linemen Kendall Langford. The acquiring of Nick Foles and confidence coach Fisher sees in him will most likely rule out the Rams trading up to draft a quarterback in the draft. To replace Shaun Hill, St. Louis signed Case Keenum, marking him in as the leading candidate for the backup quarterback role.
On the defensive side of the football, the Rams have made their other notable signings. Akeem Ayers, part of the New England Patriots Super Bowl team, boosts the linebacker squad. Last season Ayers recorded 23 tackles, 4 sacks and 1 interception while being instrumental in New England’s defense. The signing of Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley will serve as the replacement for Kendall Langford. The addition of Fairley coupled alongside Defensive Rookie of the Year Aaron Donald adds some serious venom to the St. Louis pass rush.
The 2015 NFL Draft positions the Rams with an interesting dilemma. St. Louis currently holds the number 10 overall pick in the draft. This spot most likely puts them out of contention, barring a trade, for selecting Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. The Rams already have a plethora of offensive firepower with receivers Stedman Bailey, speedster return specialist Tavon Austin and the re-signed Kenny Britt. Coupled with tight end Jared Cook and breakout running back Tre Mason, their first round selection points in the direction of adding more protection for Foles. If this is the route St. Louis decides to go, then the possibility of drafting Florida State center Cameron Erving or Miami tackle Ereck Flowerswould give them another building block. However, if available at number 10, Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper or West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White would greatly enhance the target options for Nick Foles. Regardless of who the Rams select, TiqIQ will be the place to go for Rams tickets this season.
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