Examining St. Louis Rams’ Offseason and Key Preseason Positional Battles

July 17, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In order to keep pace with the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West, St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead had to make sure he made all the right moves this offseason.
A 7-8-1 campaign led to a third-place division finish last season, and Snead knew he had to make a splash on the free-agent market. As the 49ers and Seahawks (and Arizona Cardinals, to an extent) continued loading up, the Rams faced a must-win scenario.
Fortunately, Snead got a couple wins in the additions of former Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long and former Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook, both of whom can be game-changers when healthy.    
Long fell from grace after a tremendous start to his career in Miami, but the 28-year-old still has plenty of gas left in the tank. Provided he remains healthy and can prepare for another NFL season with a new team, Long will give the Rams a quality set of bookends to protect Sam Bradford.
Bradford, now 25...

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