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Put another RB in the mixSteven Jackson is still a fine back but he needs a solid second back behind him to be effective. Last year Jackson was second in carries with 330 but ninth in yards per attempt. GM Billy Devaney told me they were addressing a second back and this camp is the only time to develop or sign one.
Prepare for a fast startThe Rams finished 1-3 down the stretch last year and missed the playoffs. This year their first seven games are Philadelphia, N.Y. Giants, Baltimore, Washington, Green Bay, Dallas and New Orleans. Camp has to be intense to get this team ready for the challenge. There's no doubt they will need to play catch-up in a number of these games and that means the passing game has to be sharp.
Bradford must take next stepSam Bradford was terrific as a rookie, but he has tons of room to improve. He tossed a touchdown pass just once every 32.7 attempts. For context, Tom Brady threw one every 13.6. Getting Donnie Avery back should help, but someone in camp has to emerge from the tight end group as well.
Top position battle
Can the youngster Chris Chamberlain unseat the cagey 11-year NFL veteran Na'il Diggs for one of the Rams' starting linebacker spots?
What will new OC Josh McDaniels' impact be on Bradford?
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