Morning Ram-blings: Value of youth?

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams have been the youngest team in the league for two seasons in a row. They very well could hold that title again this year.

And in each of those seasons, much of that young talent has had ample opportunity to gain experience through playing time. The team's hope is that having "experienced youth" will pay off in the form of consistent winning.

But earlier this week, the fine folks at sister site fivethirtyeight.com took a closer look at what youth can do for a football team exactly. While the sample size of the study which combined information from the aforementioned site as well as Football Outsiders isn't all that extensive, the conclusions drawn from it appear to put a limit on correlation between age and winning.

In other words, just because the Rams are young and appear to be teeming with potential doesn't mean that production is going to pan out. That's not groundbreaking information, as players in this league succeed or fail for many different reasons, but it's worth noting when evaluating where this franchise is headed.

Only the results on the field will tell us whether the youth movement in St. Louis will bear fruit.


A roundup of Friday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... We began the day with a small departure from the normal schedule with the news that offensive tackle Jake Long has begun taking repetitions with the first-team offense. ... In the Ram-blings, we started the day with a look at the league's efforts to add player tracking to get more details statistics on speed, player movement, and more. ... Next, we caught up on how the offense is benefiting from the addition of pads and starting to get traction in practices. ... From there, we examined the offseason of surgeries for defensive end William Hayes and his efforts to return to action. ... Finally, we closed the work week with Friday's camp report.


Our team of 32 reporters offered 32 early observations on each team's highest-drafted rookie.

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch returned to the fold but apparently was hoping to cash in further before he did.

At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas offers his take on Long's return.

Thomas also caught up with soon-to-be Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams.

Joe Lyons examines the early work of cornerback Brandon McGee as he enters his second season.