Sorry for such a late post got I had to dominate a basketball tournament and then I got distracted. Anyways, if you want to read Day One, click here.
The Rams will be trying to improve on a pretty good season last year, and having Bradford be one year more experienced will help. However, they are not being passive. They have made a couple FA signings that will really help as well as putting together a decent draft. All they have done so far in FA is improve but they still might be in the market for a true #1 WR like Braylon Edwards, who could put this team over the top.Free Agent Signings
As I said above, I think they are still trying to add to this list by trying to sign Braylon Edwards. That would put them over the top and a favorite to win the NFC West. The best signings in this group are Bannan and Dahl. Sims-Walker will help the team and there were a couple other good signings as well. Overall, I think they have added one to two wins to their team so far by bolstering the DT position and adding a WR.
Right now, I would say the NFC West will come down to the Rams and the Cardinals. For the Rams to win their division, Sam Bradford will have to improve upon a very impressive rookie season and Steven Jackson will have to stay healthy. With their upgraded OL and DL, they have enough talent at every position group to win nine or ten games. If Robert Quinn can produce six to eight sacks, that should give them a good pass rusher as well. I would give the Rams a 50% chance at taking the NFC West and I think the ceiling for this team is ten wins while the floor is six wins.
Players I expect to thrive
- Steven Jackson: S-Jax is S-Jax. He will put up 1200 yards and 12 TD's and be one of the best RB's in the league if he stays healthy
- Robert Quinn: I think Quinn will be in the running for Defensive Rookie of the Year and I think 50 tackles and 8 sacks in in range.
- Mark Clayton: Clayton will be coming off an injury, but before going down he had 22 catches for 300 yards in four games. I think he will get near 1000 yards and could be a fantasy steal in the last round.
- Mark Clayton: As I said above, if you can get Clayton in the last round or two of the draft , do it. He could have a huge year and could be a very good WR2 for your team.
- Lance Kendricks: Kendricks could be a great UDFA in fantasy football. However, this all depends on if he can beat out recently acquired Daniel Fells.
- Sam Bradford: I have seen Bradford go anywhere from the 6th round to un-drafted in mock drafts so far so getting him after round 8 would be a steal. He could end up being a great backup QB and a spot starter when the matchup is right. If you are in a 2QB league, I would grab him between rounds 7 and 9.
- Don't expect the Rams to light the world on fire but they will definitely compete and will win some games. Whether it is six or ten will depend on Sam Bradford's development and if they can stay healthy. A playoff berth is possible and they might even be able to make a run if they get there.