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St. Louis Rams

Stadium: Edward Jones Dome | Coach: Jeff Fisher
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense27th109.5 (19th)195.3 (25th)
Defense15th102.9 (8th)242.1 (19th)
Ankle injury hampered Chris Givens most of last season
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Rams receiver Chris Givens didn't use it as an excuse, but conceded a nagging ankle injury bothered him most of last season, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Givens had zero touchdown catches after an impressive rookie year in which he caught three scoring passes and produced a reception of 50 or more yards in five straight games.

"It’s been the longest offseason of my life,” Givens said at the start of the offseason conditioning program. "It’s just a constant reminder every day of what I didn’t accomplish — all because I got in my own way. So I’ve been waiting for this day for the longest (time)."

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Different offseason approach has Chris Givens optimistic
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Rams receiver Chris Givens didn't score a touchdown last season, a stat that reasonated with him all offseason long. So when he had the opportunity to spend time with legendary trainers and stay in touch with Hall of Fame-caliber players, he didn't hesitate

Givens hooked up with soon-to-be Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams, who referred him to his long-time trainer Mack Newton. Givens also got in touch with Rams all-time receiving leader Isaac Bruce. He's spent the offseason working on the nuances of his game, including learning patience and how to set up defensive backs for big plays rather than just try to speed past them. He also recovered from ankle and shoulder injuries that hampered him. 

Givens will have a shot at starting for the Rams this season, but he'll need a solid training camp to earn the job. 

"I have some big goals and I have a lot of things I needed to change in my life," Givens told ESPN. "And just I really made football my No. 1 priority and that's all I have been doing is working on my body, getting in shape to run, not running to get in shape and just doing things the right way so I can be durable throughout my career."

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James Laurinaitis fine after ankle surgery
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis said Monday he had cleanup ankle surgery right after the 2013 season, but said he is full speed now, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Laurinaitis had 135 total tackles in 2013 with 3.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

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Fisher: Bradford 'realistically' ahead of schedule
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Rams coach Jeff Fisher figures quarterback Sam Bradford will at least throw during OTAs this spring, he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Bradford is working his way back from a torn ACL. According to Fisher, saying Bradford is ahead of schedule isn't just lip service. 

"You're not gonna hear a head coach say he has a player on his team that's not ahead of schedule coming off an ACL. Everybody says they're all ahead of schedule. But he is realistically way ahead of schedule. He's working hard," Fisher said. 

Fisher predicts Bradford will be ready to go for the start of the season and even progress to the next step of his career, but the Rams are still sniffing around quarterbacks. The Post-Dispatch says "signs point" to the team drafting a quarterback in May, if only for precautionary reasons since Bradford has two years left on his current deal. 

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La Canfora: Rams could get something for Sam Bradford
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora floated the idea of the Rams trading quarterback Sam Bradford to several NFL executives, all of whom believe the team could get "a strong return" for him in trade.

La Canfora made it clear he's not reporting the Rams are trying to get something for Bradford, but that he's speculating that they could. The Rams have previously said they're committing to Bradford for this season. Bradford is coming off of a torn ACL. 

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