Morning Ram-blings: Skill position battles

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Looking for help for your fantasy teams beyond the outstanding work of Matthew Berry and his crew?

Well, NFL Nation offered a little one-stop shopping into deeper skill position battles at each and every training camp Friday afternoon.

Each of our NFL Nation reporters provided a quick take on a battle taking place at one of the skill positions, who is leading said battle and how it could play out over the rest of the preseason and training camp.

Obviously, I handled the St. Louis Rams portion and went with wide receiver. The reality is that the Rams seem pretty well set on starters at most positions, not just the skill spots. But receiver has been in the most flux since the beginning of camp with Kenny Britt and Brian Quick emerging and Chris Givens and Austin Pettis falling.

And, of course, Stedman Bailey figures prominently when he returns from suspension. The Rams continue to say that they'll use all of their wideouts but my expectation for Week 1 at this point is that Britt, Quick and Tavon Austin will get the most opportunities when they kick off against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 7.


A roundup of Friday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we opened the day with a look at a "what if" scenario from a suggestion by ESPN's Bill Polian. ... Next, we looked at the imminent return of left tackle Jake Long next week against Cleveland. ... From there, we delved into the return to health of some of the Rams' key components at cornerback. ... Finally, we offered a look at the plan for quarterback Sam Bradford against Green Bay.


ESPN's Jane McManus reports that the NFL is expected to toughen its standards on domestic violence.

Good read as always from columnist Kevin Seifert, who cautions not to worry too much about increased penalties around the league.

At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas examines the health of a number of Rams working back from injury.

Joe Lyons catches up with rookie linebacker Aaron Hill in his weekly diary.

Fox Sports' Alex Marvez takes his turn at discussing the importance of this season for Bradford.