Going into last year, there were high expectations for the St. Louis Rams. Sam Bradford was coming off a decent rookie year as the Rams QB, and the sky was the limit for his second season, based on his first year’s performance. But Bradford dealt with nagging injuries and only managed to play on only 10 games. In that 10 games, Bradford could only manage just 6 TDs. Thus, the Rams finished last in the division, and their efforts to improve on their previous season fell way short. The Rams did have a somewhat exciting off season with being active in free agency. They picked up Courtland Finnegan from the Titans, and they drafted a stud corner in Janoris Jenkins, however Jenkins has a troubled past and has more baggage than Kim Kardashian packs for a weekend trip. Perhaps the Rams biggest off season acquisition was new Head Coach Jeff Fisher. St. Louis is not expected to win a lot of games in the division, but you have to imagine that Fisher will have them ready to compete in every single game. Here is more from the 2012 St. Louis Rams.
Fantasy Football Studs: Steven Jackson has proven he is a stud (have you seen him in the Body Issue of ESPN the Magazine?) Recently he has been the most consistent player the Rams have. Last year Jackson finished with a respectable 1145 in rushing, 9th in the league. Jackson is entering his 8th season in the league. The Rams spent 2 lower level draft picks on RBs this year for a little support.
Area of Strength: It’s hard to pinpoint an actual area of strength. You can say that a healthy Sam Bradford could be a strength for the team. But who could actually predict that. You could also say that the running game could be an actual strength for St. Louis, but how much gas does Steven Jackson have in the tank? They also loss the services of Cadillac Williams, who was Jackson’s running mate in the backfield. The defense did record 39 sacks, but they couldn’t stop anyone or keep the opposing offenses out of the end zone. So, no real strengths for the Rams, as I see it.
Area of Weakness: The defense has been pretty bad, especially the secondary. Defense was the strength of former head coach Steve Spagnolo so its shocking they were not a powerhouse on D. The Rams recently loss the person they thought would improve this situation: Gregg Williams. On a brighter note, the Rams did take serious steps to improve their secondary during the draft by drafting Janoris Jenkins and Isiah Peed. The Courtland Finnigan move won’t hurt either.
2012 Marquee Matchups: The Rams will have a tough go by playing the Niners twice this year in Weeks 10 and 13, but they also have some other hard matchups as well: the Lions in Week 1, the Bears in Week 3, the Packers in Week 7, the Patriots in Week 8, and the Jets in Week 11.
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