Rams' Jake Long excited to work with Bradford, keep him 'clean'

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by FootballStL Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 2:59 PM

(FootballStL) -- Of all the additions the Rams made in the offseason, the most impactful of all may end up being the signing of offensive tackle Jake Long.

Coming off an injury-riddled 2012 with the Miami Dolphins, Long signed four-year deal with the Rams in March for $34 million.

Once considered one of the best left tackles in the NFL, a series of injuries over the last two seasons helped sap Long of that status.

The 6'7" tackle missed four games in 2012 because of a triceps injury, while ankle and back injuries have limited him since 2011.

Starting fresh with the Rams, he will now be charged with keeping quarterback Sam Bradford upright. It's a challenge the Michigan native says he ready to undertake.

"As long as we keep Sam upright we got good receivers, great backs, he's going to throw the ball around," Long said after the team's first full-squad training camp session. "The biggest thing we take pride in is keeping him clean and letting no one hit him. It's something as offensive linemen that you really care about."

Bradford has been sacked 105 times in his career, more than two per game. So it goes without saying Rams fans can only hope Long's pride leads to results.

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