Training camp is a time where players get a chance to turn heads, wow coaches and spectators and attempt to find a spot on a roster. Rams camp is no different this year with these guys standing out.
Brian Quick: Drafted in 2012 to be an impact no. 1, Quick has struggled in his first two years to grasp the offense and see consistent playing time. Reports out of training camp this year, however, are consistently showcasing Quick’s stellar performances. He’s been seeing a lot of time with the first-team offense and is displaying the ability to be a red-zone threat. If Quick can translate his camp success to games come September, this offense will start to look dangerous.
Kenny Britt: Like Quick, Britt is generating buzz at camp this year as he continues to build a rapport with Sam Bradford and is establishing himself as a red-zone threat. Britt made a huge play in Tuesday’s practice by getting behind cornerback Brandon McGee for a 40-yard touchdown. Very similar to Quick in size and physicality, Britt has a great opportunity to press the reset button on his career and become the threat that Fisher had in mind when he drafted him the first time in 2009. If both Quick and Britt can push each other and continue to make plays, they very well could see a lot of playing time in 2014.
E.J. Gaines: An absolute steal in the sixth round, who had talent to be a day two selection, Gaines is putting his talents on show so far in camp. In both practices, Gaines has had an interception including one against Bradford. With the secondary depth being a concern heading into the offseason, Gaines is providing solid depth behind expected starters Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson. It will be interesting to see if Gaines makes a leap in front of second-round pick Lamarcus Joyner, who has impressed coaches this camp so far with his physicality.
Aaron Donald: Donald has been an absolute monster so far in camp. He’s been demoralizing the offensive linemen (granted, without pads) and just not allowing anyone to block him. He’s performed so well that ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted out saying, “Aaron Donald is unreal.” St. Louis’ first-round pick has been everything they could have hoped for since drafting him, which is to get the rest of the NFC West to fear the defensive line. If Donald can become the player Fisher and Co. drafted him to be, their line might be record-breaking good. I believe Donald is the player that is going to push this group from good to unstoppable in 2014 and beyond. It’s just a matter of time before we see “the Bernie” being accompanied by Donald’s dance moves.