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Case Keenum came in as the starting quarterback down the stretch last year and did a solid job. His statistics didn't set the world on fire but tossing only 1 interception in 125 attempts is a pretty good run. That said, his yards per passing attempt was only 6.62 and it was a very conservative offense he was in charge of. He is undersized but the team seems to like him heading into training camp so we will see if the 28-year old can emerge as the starter here. I am underwhelmed with the prospect however as he looks more like a caretaker than a legitimate NFL quarterback. UPDATE: Keenum will likely be the backup to Jared Goff to begin the season as long as Goff looks ready to go.
The Los Angeles Rams sacrificed a lot to move up to the first overall pick and select quarterback Jared Goff from Cal. I am not sold on Goff being the next Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers type of quarterback but the Rams saw enough in him to move up, sell the farm and hopefully secure their starting quarterback for the next fifteen years. Goff has the size and arm that teams covet at the next level and he is certainly capable of running a pro offense. He had some struggles at times in school but much of that may be attributed to poor blocking around him. Only time will tell but if he works hard and becomes a legitimate star receiver, all the picks surrendered with be worth it.
Sean Mannion has the size, arm strength and pro system training to be an NFL quarterback. Had 84 turnovers in college (30 fumbles and 54 interceptions) which is a huge concern but talent wise he is clearly ahead of the others currently on roster. He just got a sniff of playing time last year completing 6 of 7 passes.. He is a development quarterback and could emerge with good coaching.
Todd Gurley returned from his knee injury with a vengence as a rookie last year, exploding out of the gates week four thru seven when he shredded opposing defenses. In just those four games, Gurley ran for 566 yards and looked powerful and agile. His vision and instincts are also second to none and he has the potential to be the best running back in the NFL. He had his ups and downs after that but he finished with 1106 rushing yards, 21 receptions and 10 touchdowns and he will be even stronger in 2016 not having to rehab an injured knee all offseason. He is the real deal at running back and 1500+ rushing yards is not out of the question.
Bennie Cunningham is one of the many serviceable running backs there are kicking around the NFL that won't hurt a team but do not have a dynamic, talented skill set that can make a difference on the field. He has a good solid frame and runs hard.
Mason is built very similar to the legendary Barry Sanders at only 5'8 and 207 pounds. He is a stocky, explosive player that has exceptional cutback ability and makes big plays happen.
He wasn't known as a receiver in Auburn but he did catch 16 passes for 148 yards last year and looked capable of improving there. He is not a good pass blocker and must improve that aspect of his game
but he is best runner in this backfield and he is capable of 1200+ yards rushing. He finished with 765 yards on 179 yards in his first season and that was behind a suspect offensive line.
This has been an awful last eight months for Mason. His play sucked last year averaging only 2.8 yards per carry and he was arrested for marijuana possession this Spring. He showed none of the explosive and talent he had as a rookie in 2014 last year and he may not be on the Rams going forward.
This is not a group to be very excited about which may explain also the poor play at the quarterback position last year. Although potentially a budding superstar in Tavon Austin is taking flight. Kenny Britt has been solid in his two years in St. Louis with 84 receptions for 1429 yards and 6 touchdowns. He has earned a starting role but his numbers are pretty pedestrian. He is just turning 28 years old this season though and it is nice to see he has his career back on path.
Tavon Austin is a hybrid player: a cross between a receiver and a running back. Last year he carried the ball 52 times for 434 yards with four rushing touchdowns and caught 52 passes for 471 yards and scored an additional 5 times. He is easily the best player at the receiver position on this roster and at 25 years old he will continue to get better. He is very small at only 5'9 and 174 pounds but he is explosive and extremely difficult to tackle in space.
Quick has exceptional size at 6'4 and 220 pounds but this former 2nd round pick has never been able to produce. He started off very hot in 2014, catching 21 passes for 322 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first four games. However, he slowed down in the next couple of games before suffering a torn rotator cuff and separated shoulder. He did nothing all season in 2015, catching just 10 passes. He does have potential so worth keeping an eye on.
Pharoh Cooper was added in the 4th round and Michael Thomas in the 7th round and both should stick on the roster. Cooper doesn't have great size or speed but runs great routes and is a tough, hard working receiver. He could emerge as the WR3 this season.
Stedman Bailey has had some minor success in his three pro seasons and has nice quickness and speed. He should have a role of some sort on offense as a WR3 / WR4.
Temarrick Hemingway, Justice Cunningham
Kendricks, a former 2nd round pick from Wisconsin has never caught more than 42 passes in a season in his five years but he is the top receiving option on the roster at this time. 30 receptions for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns per season in his five years. He has adequate size and athleticism but is not really a difference maker.
No other backup is currently on the roster than you would expect to make a difference
Projected Starters: LT Greg Robinson, LG Rodger Saffold, C Tim Barnes, RG Jamon Brown, RT Rob Havenstein
Key Backups: Isaiah Battle, Garrett Reynolds, Cody Wichmann, Andrew Donnal
The good news for the Rams is there is young potential in this group and if they find that potential, they could make huge strides this year. The bad news is this group has been injury prone, have struggled to find consistency and have not been able to reach that potential as of yet. Greg Robinson has top tackle potential and could be a good one if he figures it out. Injuries knocked out the right side linemen last year and both need to prove they can stay healthy and improve their consistency. The talent is there though. With experience and consistent work could come results here but for now I have no confidence that will happen in 2016.