Morning Ram-blings: A QB crossroads

May, 23, 2014
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The term make-or-break has probably been overused when it comes to St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

It came up back in his third year as he entered the 2012 season. It was definitely in heavy rotation before last season and there's no doubt that it is going to be in play quite a bit this year.

Over at The Sporting News, Vinnie Iyer offered a look at eight quarterbacks at a career crossroads heading into the 2014 season. Without even clicking the link, you just knew Bradford would appear on the list.

Sure enough, Bradford checks in at No. 3 on the list and the words "make or break" make their expected appearance.

Indeed, it's not exactly groundbreaking that this is an important year for Bradford and his future with the Rams. A contract extension doesn't appear to be forthcoming as the Rams would (rightfully) be inclined to see how the season plays out and Bradford appears intent on betting on himself to make the next step.

One way or another, this time next year should provide answers rather than the on-going make or break questions.

I.C.Y.M.I.

A roundup of Thursday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we took a look way into the future with Mel Kiper Jr.'s first 2015 big board. ... Next, we wrapped up the offseason with a look at the Rams' best, riskiest and most surprising roster moves. ... From there, we delved into how second-round pick Lamarcus Joyner plans on repaying the Rams for trading up to draft him. ... Finally, we took a look at the Rams' offseason grade from Mike Sando and a team of NFL Insiders.

Chat: Our weekly Rams chat is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. You can submit questions now and/or join us when we go live.

Elsewhere:

In this week's Inside the Huddle, John Clayton explores Greg Robinson's move to left guard for the Rams.

Ashley Fox offered a great story on Eagles player/Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva.

Sando's piece with the grades for all 32 teams. Insider

Here's the news story on 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith pleading no contest to three felonies and a misdemeanor.

At FoxSportsMidwest.com, Nate Latsch takes a closer look at sixth-round pick E.J. Gaines.

 

Nick Wagoner

ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter

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