Projected 2015 starters: St. Louis Rams


Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here.

Rams Projected Starters
  Offense Defense
  QB Nick Foles DE Robert Quinn
  RB Tre Mason DT Aaron Donald
  WR1 Kenny Britt DT Michael Brockers
  WR2 Brian Quick DE Chris Long
  WR3 Tavon Austin OLB Alec Ogletree
  TE Jared Cook MLB James Laurinaitis
  LT Greg Robinson OLB Akeem Ayers
  LG Rodger Saffold CB1 Janoris Jenkins
  C Tim Barnes CB2 E.J. Gaines
  RG Jamon Brown CB3 Trumaine Johnson
  RT Rob Havenstein SS T.J. McDonald
  FS Rodney McLeod

» The Rams are taking a conservative approach to first-round pick Todd Gurley's recovery from ACL surgery. While we fully expect Gurley to be the primary back once he's fully healthy, Tre Mason is the favorite to enter the season as the starter.

» New coordinator Frank Cignetti promises to get Tavon Austin more involved, which shouldn't be difficult considering the pint-sized playmaker's limited role under Brian Schottenheimer. Will Austin play a running back-receiver hybrid role, with Stedman Bailey as the No. 3 receiver?

» The offensive line will have three new starters, with rookies Rob Havenstein and Jamon Brown as candidates to start on the right side. Tim Barnes will likely face competition at center.

» The Rams have a rare quandary at defensive tackle, with three starters for two spots. Defensive Rookie of the Year Aaron Donald won't have a reduced role, which means Michael Brockers is ticketed for run situations with Nick Fairley coming on for passing downs.

» E.J. Gaines was St. Louis' top cornerback as a rookie last season. He figures to start opposite Janoris Jenkins, with Trumaine Johnson and Lamarcus Joyner vying for subpackage snaps.

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