Jul 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin (11) carries the ball during training camp at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Rams Players Key To Team's Success In 2013

The Rams have a lot of expectations and excitement surrounding them this season, and for good reason, the Rams went 7-8-1, 4-1-1 in the division, and look to be on the rise. However, if a key player fails to play up to those expectations, the Rams could struggle, much like they did in 2012. So who exactly are these players key to the Rams success? Let’s find out, shall we.


Sam Bradford

Now this one is kind of obvious, but do you really expect Austin Davis or Kellen Clemons to lead this team to the playoffs?  Bradford must stay healthy for the Rams to succeed. He finally feels comfortable in an offense, now it’s time for him to go out and perform. Snead and Fisher also went out to acquire Jared Cook and Tavon Austin in the offense. The Rams used to not have any weapons, now they have a handful of them, which is a good thing. Bradford’s biggest problems were his offensive line and lack of weapons, now he has both. It’s time for Bradford to step up and rise to the expectations, because this team’s success depends of it.

Jared Cook

Jared Cook was literally a huge addition for the Rams this offseason. Cook and Bradford have developed a chemistry throughout camp, and Bradford trusts that if he puts the ball in Cook’s general area, Cook can come down with the ball. Bradford has been begging for a receiver like that his entire career. Cook is Bradford’s new Amendola, but better. Without Amendola in the line-up Bradford struggled finding other guys. Cook is a larger, more durable Amendola, so hopefully Cook not being on the field shouldn’t be a problem. Cook has a lot of expectations and the fans are excited to see what he can be. All he has to do is go on the field and be the number one guy the Rams brought him to St. Louis to be.

Offensive Line

Every player on the offensive line will be key to the Rams success this season. The Rams are flipping from a running team to a passing team, therefore Bradford is going to need time to throw. The Rams did sign Jake Long who needs to get back to playing at the Pro Bowl level that he is capable of and Rodger Saffold needs to make the adjustment to the right side.If Bradford can stay upright, opposing defenses will struggle.

Alec Ogletree

Ogletree has a lot to prove as a rookie. Ogletree needs to prove that the Rams taking him in the first round was worth it. Ogletree brings speed to the defense as well as physicality and will help them is their base and nickel formations. The Rams struggled at times chasing down the mobile quarterbacks last season, and they will be relying on Ogletree to help chase down Kaepernick and Wilson.

James Laurinaitis

James Laurinaitis is the quarterback of the defense and he is more key to the team’s success than some may think. Laurinaitis is the Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis for the Rams. Laurinaitis understands the defense and understands where everybody has to be and what everybody has to do in order for the defense to be successful. He will play a large role in getting the Rams to the playoffs this season.

The Rams have not made the playoffs since 2004, have not had a winning record since 2003, and have not had a .500 record since 2006. There is a lot of hope that all of those droughts could go away this season and start streaks instead. Sam Bradford, Jared Cook, the offensive line, Alec Ogletree, and James Laurinaitis will all need to stay healthy and play well in order for it to happen.

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  • ricdram

    Regarding Sam. The NFL is brutal & can
    devistate a teams expectations. Plan B
    has to be Austin Davis. We can not scrap
    the season because (God Forbid) Sam
    was lost. Remember Kurt Warner in for
    Trent Green ? I believe in Austin Davis.
    I have to ! So to answer your question:
    “Yes I expect Austin Davis to lead this
    team into the playoffs if need be”. Austin
    doesn’t spell Kurt but if Davis can just
    manage the offence our D will back him.
    Hopefully this scenario will not occur.
    If so I’m not gonna waive a white flag.
    You have to play with the hand you are
    dealt. Lots of ACL disease goin around
    this league. I Hope we are immune.

    • Blaine Grisak

      I would hope Austin Davis would help this team win. Kurt Warner’s don’t come along very often though. Sam Bradford gives the team the best shot to win, if he didn’t he wouldn’t be the starter. Sam’s success will directly lead to team success, this team lives and dies on his shoulders. Let’s not jinx our immunity to injury so far this offseason.