Morning Ram-blings: Dangerous defense

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- It's no secret to those that follow the St. Louis Rams or those around the team on a regular basis that they have the talent in place to become a dominant defense.

Those expectations have only expanded since the addition of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in the offseason. And, after the team grabbed defensive tackle Aaron Donald with the 13th pick in May's draft, the national buzz has only begun to build.

As various reporters trickle into town for a quick look at the Rams, expect that buzz to continue to build. On Monday, Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth, posted his takeaways from a two-day visit in St. Louis. Like many, he came away impressed with what he saw from the Rams defense.

Expect to see much more of this as camp goes on. The Rams certainly have the potential to go to the next level defensively but there's plenty to prove before they can get there. Of course, none of this will matter until the actual games begin in September.


A roundup of the Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com on Monday. ... We began the day with an early roster projection, which didn't change from the original. ... In the Ram-blings, we looked at a potential training camp battle that might not turn into much of a battle. ... From there, we explored quarterback Kurt Warner's visit to St. Louis. ... Next, we examined the growing role of linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong as a leader on special teams. ... We closed the day with a camp report from the team's special teams practice.


Here's John Clayton's weekly mailbag with his always-interesting thoughts on a variety of topics.

Bill Barnwell's "All Bad Contracts team" came out last week but it's notable for Rams fans in that no Rams appear on it.

At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas offers his take on Warner's visit.

Joe Lyons has the first edition of the rookie diary from local product Aaron Hill, a linebacker from St. Louis fighting for a roster spot.

Lyons also caught up with some of the team's newest additions to the bottom of the roster.