EARTH CITY, Mo. -- As technology continues to take us to places that allow a better understanding of how the world works, it's also finding ways to better study the work done by professional athletes.
On Thursday, reports surfaced that the NFL is buying in to some of the technological advancements available to study the movements and work of its players.
ESPN's Darren Rovell reported that 17 NFL teams are installing real-time locations systems to help track its players. The receivers will be placed in players' shoulder pads and can track player movement and speed with the hope that teams can glean competitive advantages from the data.
The St. Louis Rams are among the 17 teams the NFL selected to participate.
A roundup of Thursday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we began the day with some interesting comments from Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson. ... Next, I joined the three other NFC West reporters in offering early predictions on how the division will play out. ... From there, I offered a closer look at how defensive end Michael Sam's path to a roster spot is beginning to crystallize. ... Rookie cornerback Lamarcus Joyner might not cut an imposing figure but he's made a strong early impression. ... We wrapped up the day with a full camp report from Thursday's practice No. 6.
In conjunction with Rovell's report, a column from Kevin Seifert from earlier this year that's worth your time.
This ESPN Insider piece takes a look at how the NFC West is blocking Arizona's route to the top of the division. You could sub the Rams in for the Cards if you wanted.
At stltoday.com, columnist Bernie Miklasz boldly predicts the Rams to win 10 games and go to the playoffs.
Jim Thomas discusses the pending visit the Rams will get to have an open discussion of sportsmanship and respect.
At 101sports.com, D'Marco Farr and Brad Thompson discuss the Rams' battle at wide receiver.
Not football-related but read this in Sports Illustrated and wanted to pass it along: Chris Ballard's story of a skydive gone wrong and a hero's journey.