EARTH CITY, Mo. -- It's that time of year when midseason grades and All Pro Teams are the order of the day and ESPN's John Clayton doled out some of his awards in addition to second-half predictions.
Since the St. Louis Rams aren't likely to appear on any lists as second-half contenders, their fans are relegated to looking at awards and All-Pro teams for possible rays of hope. Clayton provided at least one ray of sunshine on his midseason All-Pro team, naming Rams defensive end Robert Quinn to the team.
Here's what Clayton had to say about Quinn landing on the roster:
"Last year, he graduated to the 10-sack level. He could double that total this season."
There's no question that Quinn is deserving of his spot on any and all midseason All-Pro teams. He's been the team's best and most consistent performer this season, and he's even taken positive steps forward as a run defender.
At 23, Quinn is still just scratching the surface on his potential. It's probably best for all involved to expect to see his name on lists like these for many years to come.
A daily roundup of Rams' stories appearing on ESPN.com Thursday. … After the Ram-blings, we opened the day with Colts reporter Mike Wells and I breaking down Sunday's game between the Rams and Colts in this week's Double Coverage. … Next, we took a look at the high praise for rookie receiver Tavon Austin from Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano. … Next, we dived into the luck and timing that go into a rebuild, and why the Colts have had so much success and the Rams haven't. … Finally, it was an injury update including the progress of rookie safety T.J. McDonald.
ESPN's John Clayton discusses the increase in injuries around the league, including the one to Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.
The NFL Live crew makes predictions for Sunday's Rams-Colts game.
Mike Sando provides his weekly look at the matchups, with his insight on the Rams-Colts game.
Christopher Harris looks at running back Zac Stacy's emergence as a fantasy force and whether it can continue.
At stltoday.com, Jeff Gordon says the Rams should begin looking ahead to 2014.
Jim Thomas writes that defensive end William Hayes' breaking a mirror is a reflection of how the season has gone.
Turf Show Times takes a quick look ahead with a very early mock draft as it stands today.