Will Rams' receiving upgrades make the team a contender?

10:35 AM, Jul 23, 2013   |    comments
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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The NFL season is just around the corner, and training camps open in earnest this week.

Most teams have some major question marks, and they will all try to begin finding the answers to those questions during camp. Let's examine some of the more pressing questions waiting to be answered over the next six weeks or so, while teams prepare for the 2013 campaign.

The Rams certainly don't have it easy, since two of the NFL's best teams - San Francisco and Seattle - reside in their division. For that matter, now that Arizona has upgraded to Carson Palmer at quarterback, this could be a formidable division from top to bottom.

Whether it shows in wins and losses, the Rams will be a solid team in 2013. Sam Bradford, the former No. 1 overall draft pick, could finally have a stable of fine receivers at his disposal, thanks to the drafting of former West Virginia standouts Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. Austin could be something special, making the Rams a threat to score every time he touches the ball.

St. Louis has question marks at running back, following the departure of Steven Jackson, as well as at safety. Don't forget, though, that this team went a respectable 7-8-1 last season.

In most other divisions, the Rams would have a chance to compete for a playoff spot. In the NFC West, they'll likely finish third, but they won't be a team the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks will necessarily enjoy playing against.

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