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Los Angeles Rams
It's homecoming for the Rams as they return to Los Angeles after playing in St. Louis for the past 21 seasons. Rams fans in L.A. rejoice as fans in St. Louis may be bitter, but the team has a promising future as they used the No. 1 overall pick to select quarterback Jared Goff out of the University of California. Now the question is when will the team hand Goff the reigns? The Rams are expected to start the 2016 season with Case Keenum starting behind center. If the team gets off to a rocky start, expect to hear calls for the prized rookie QB. What makes either Goff or Keenum's job easier is a workhorse running back in Todd Gurley, who eclipsed 1,100 yards rushing in his Pro Bowl rookie year. Gurley will be fed the ball, as the Rams wide receivers are talented, but inconsistent. Tavon Austin has had a lot of hype, but hasn't always met his potential, and Kenny Britt is as athletic as anyone, but the two receivers need to have big years for Los Angeles to be successful. The Rams front seven on defense is one of the best in the NFL, and they will need to be to make up for a secondary that lost three starters from 2015. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald is regarded as one of the best players in the NFL, and he, Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers, and William Hayes can create havoc for opposing offenses. Akeem Ayers, Alec Ogletree, and Mark Barron are solid behind the stout defensive line. The Rams may be a year or two away from being serious contenders in Los Angeles, especially in a tough NFC West division. The Rams finished 7-9 in 2015 and will have to have a lot of things go right to top that mark in 2016, as the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks are considered major Super Bowl contenders. Rams fans should be excited about Gurley, Goff, and the defense as this team looks to build upon their return to Los Angeles.