Rams camp capsule

Rams camp capsule

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EARTH CITY, MO - MAY 10: Mitchell Gale (1) of the St. Louis Rams throws a ball during the 2013 St. Louis Rams rookie camp at Rams Park on May 10, 2013 in Earth City, Missouri. (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)

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Posted on July 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM

(AP) -- ST. LOUIS RAMS (7-8-1)

OPEN CAMP: July 25

LAST YEAR: Refreshed from one-year coaching break, Jeff Fisher combined with GM Les Snead on roster makeover. Franchise shook off worst five-year stretch (15 wins) in NFL history, as league's youngest team improved from two wins in 2011, and went 4-1-1 in tough division. QB Sam Bradford had best statistical season, aided by strong showing from line. Rookies CB Janoris Jenkins and DT Michael Brockers made impact as starters, defense tied for NFL lead with 52 sacks behind big years from Chris Long and Robert Quinn, team's first duo with double-digit sacks since 2000.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: TE Jared Cook, OT Jake Long, rookie WRs Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, rookie OLB Alec Ogletree.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: RB Steven Jackson, WR Danny Amendola, S Quintin Mikell, S Craig Dahl, LB Rocky McIntosh.

CAMP NEEDS: Finding RB combination to replace Jackson's workhorse contribution among Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead and rookie Zac Stacy. Develop chemistry between Bradford and new crop of pass catchers led by Austin. Fine-tune attack that could feature pass-catching TEs Cook and Lance Kendricks. Prepare Ogletree to start alongside team's top two tacklers, James Laurinaitis and Jo-Lonn Dumbar. Find replacements at both safety spots. Develop chemistry on new-look OL, with Rodger Saffold moving to right tackle to make room for Long.

EXPECTATIONS: Rams anticipate more growing pains from roster that has gotten even younger. Team has no winning seasons since 2003, appears poised to end drought.

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