Move over Peyton Manning & Tom Brady because the hottest trending topic in the media this summer has been a 2nd string rookie line backer who hasn’t played one down of NFL football. Michael Sam in many ways is already a hero for an entire group of people. Many are rooting for his success and undoubtedly many are praying for his downfall, Its almost as if his story has hijacked the national media. Michael Sam was the “SEC Defensive Player of the year” in college, he helped anchor a Tigers defense that almost went to a National Championship game. But fairness and equality get thrown out the window when juicy headlines attract more views than football related information.
Underneath all the Michael Sam hype in the national media, Robert Quinn is coming off a 19 sack season.
Bradford’s NFL career has displayed the behavior of a playground seesaw. After ending his rookie year on a high note, he suffered a high ankle sprain in 2011 that forced him to miss almost half the season. He then returned to form having his best year in 2012 scoring 21 Touchdowns, unfortunately the quarter back couldn’t build on any momentum when that seesaw came crashing back to the ground last season. Bradford tore his ACL in just 7 games, but the silver lining was the 14 touchdowns and 4 interceptions he had while he was healthy, A full 16 game season in 2013 would have extrapolated to roughly 28 and 8. Rumors are beginning to circle that 2014 will be make or break time for Sam Bradford. Hopefully he can live up to the hype he created at Oklahoma.
Last years 8th overall pick Tavon Austin was hand selected to help Bradford’s development. But due to the Bradford’s knee injury the the quarterback & receiver duo could not build much chemistry. Tavon was the only skill position player to be drafted in the first top ten picks of the 2013 draft class. While everyone was stocking up on lineman the St.Louis Rams wanted to add speed and elusivness. The “Percy Harvin” role is beginning to get more popular in the NFL, players like Cordarrelle Patterson, and Randall Cobb are all getting drawn up special plays on offense. Jeff Fisher will have to figure out creative ways to do the same with Tavon Austin.
Zac Stacy is a powerful runner who took over the starting job in week 3. Stacy went on to score 7 touchdowns in 8 games and he ran for 134 yards on the Superbowl Seahawks in week 6. He is the best running back since the departure of Steven Jackson and this year he is expected to carry a bigger workload as he enters into his 2nd season. This year may be Fantasy “Gold” for Zac Stacy, when running backs show this type of production this early just pray they stay healthy. Stacy has the field vision and strength to be a breakout player in the NFL this year. This 2014 Rams team is just hoping and praying that Sam Bradford can stay upright and move the ball with some consistently because the weapons are in place for improvement as they enter into this new year.