Morning Ram-blings: Breakout players

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- In Wednesday's Ram-blings, we discussed linebacker Alec Ogletree and how his success in 2014 could help make or break the St. Louis Rams' season.

Today, we refocus on a different list of players with ESPN Insider Mike Sando's look at 50 potential breakout players. Given the Rams' relative youth, they would seem to have plenty of candidates, and three Rams did indeed make the cut.

Sando's criteria for qualifying as a breakout player: no rookies, no players in the #NFLRank top 100, no older veterans and no players who have already signed big second contracts.

The three Rams that Sando has pegged for possible breakouts include quarterback Sam Bradford, receiver Tavon Austin and cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Bradford came in at No. 20, Austin at No. 46 and Jenkins at No. 48 on the list.

Certainly a breakout from any or all of those players would go a long way in taking the Rams to a winning record or even a postseason berth.


A roundup of Wednesday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we began with a look at Ogletree's ability to make or break the Rams' season. ... In this week's Buzz video, we examined the pending return of four key Rams. ... Next, we heard from guard Rodger Saffold as he works his way back from a shoulder stinger. ... Forbes released its annual rankings of the most valuable franchises in the NFL with the Rams coming in last. ... The Rams invited some Ferguson-area high schools to Rams Park on Wednesday. ... And we looked at what the day meant to some kids in need of an escape. ... Finally, we wrapped up training camp with a practice report from Wednesday's final open workout.