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St. Louis Rams 2013 Training Camp Preview

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REPORT DATES: July 21st (rookies), July 24th (veterans)

SITE: Rams Park Training Center, Earth City, MO

CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: The Rams needed to add more playmakers for quarterback Sam Bradford, but they also needed to sure up the offensive line in front of him and were able to accomplish both goals, at least on paper. St. Louis made some strides in protecting Bradford, allowing 20 fewer sacks in 2012 than they did in '11 but there is still plenty of room for improvement, particularly on the left side. The club made a significant commitment to ex- Dolphins tackle Jake Long, signing the former No. 1 overall pick to a four- year, $36 million dollar deal, in hopes of fixing that problem. Rookie Barrett Jones also has a real chance to help inside early. The Rams also got Bradford a new toy by inking former Tennessee tight end Jared Cook to a five-year contract worth a million less than what Long got and then supplemented that with perhaps the most explosive player in the 2013 draft, West Virginia slot star Tavon Austin. Defensively, the Rams really needed help in the back seven and were able to snare troubled but talented Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree late in the first round of the draft as well as a potential starting safety in T.J. McDonald.

PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):

Aug 8 - at Cleveland, 8:00 PM Aug 17 - vs. Green Bay, 8:00 PM Aug 24 - at Denver, 8:00 PM Aug 29 - vs. Baltimore, 8:00 PM

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