Few, if any, of the local or national "experts" are predicting the Rams to be a playoff contender this season. It's hard to ignore their 3 and 13 record of a year ago, and the fact that many of the Rams key players (Marc Bulger, Torry Holt, Orlando Pace, Leonard Little) are beginning to show signs of age. But the Rams aren't a hopeless case. During the offense, they added some solid young players in key positions. The two rookie wide outs, Keenan Burton and Donnie Avery, give the Rams two speedy new offensive weapons that should allow them to stretch the field and test defenses deep. Steven Jackson should be hitting his prime and have no shortage of motivation to prove he deserved his $44 million dollar contract. Free agent Jacob Bell has been a durable performer and should shore up an injury plagued offensive line. First round draft pick Chris Long, coupled with Leonard Little, gives the Rams two fast pass rushing defensive ends. If Long can develop quickly, opposing teams won't be able to double team Little on every play. Sure, the Rams still have their share of question marks on defense, but this team has assembled enough weapons to at least have the potential, in a weak division, to make a run at the NFC West title.