April 27, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher introduces 2012 first round draft pick Michael Brockers to the media at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Rams Offseason 2012: St. Louis Begins Preparations For Upcoming Season

The Rams hope an offseason of changes will pay dividends during the 2012s season.

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Sixth-Round Pick Greg Zuerlein, Rams Agree To Deal

The St. Louis Rams officially have a new kicker: sixth-round draft pick Greg Zuerlein of Missouri Western State. Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange reported this morning that Zuerlein and the Rams agreed to a four-year deal, although the terms of the deal have yet to be released.

Per Pro Football Talk, Zuerlein was a perfect 9-9 on field goals over 50 yards and notched 30 touchbacks (while kicking from the 30-yard line) in 2011. Ex-Rams kicker Josh Brown, who was not brought back by the team, is signed with the New York Jets for 2012.

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St. Louis Rams' Offense Looks Shurmur-ized For 2012

The St. Louis Rams' new offense looks to bear a more-than-passing—and less passing—resemblance to Pat Shurmur's. Poor Sam Bradford.


NFL Rumors: Where Does Steve Smith Fit In St. Louis Rams' WR Battle?

The St. Louis Rams have two rookie wide receivers, the return of Danny Amendola, and the remainder of 2011's foundering receiving corps to sort through, at OTAs and throughout the offseason, but one figure stands out for our sheer inability to figure out what he'll do in 2012, not to mention his visibility as the corp's only member worth writing NFL rumors notes about—Steve Smith. (That is, of course, the artist formerly known as Giants Steve Smith.)

Smith has an enormous year to his credit—his 2009 with said Giants, when he caught 107 balls for 1220 yards and seven touchdowns—and not much else but injury after injury. In a lot of ways he's like a cross between Amendola and potential Rams cast-off Danario Alexander, lacking Alexander's breakaway ability but sharing his breakable limbs. His history as a viable NFL option is enough to get him considered in this weak class, but it won't guarantee him a spot, especially with rookies Brian Quick and Chris Givens figuring to get a long look.

The Rams will likely have six places for wide receivers, and even with Amendola back two of those players could go from being considered for a release to starting in a hurry. It'll be interesting to see if it's Smith—because I have no idea whether it will be right now.

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Danario Alexander Injury: Receiver Misses St. Louis Rams OTA With Hamstring Trouble

Danario Alexander injury problems are nothing new, but at least he's missing the St. Louis Rams' OTA (or minicamp) with a new injury: The Rams' would-be star receiver, who's caught 46 balls for 737 yards and three touchdowns in 18 games (six starts) over two years, has unidentified hamstring problems. Alexander's go-to injury—the one that left him undrafted instead of a surefire first-rounder in the first place—is his left knee, on which he's had multiple arcane surgeries, and on which he often seems unable to run for more than one game in a row.

This is a make-or-break year for Alexander, who, despite putting up the best numbers on the team when healthy, finds himself competing against Brandon Gibson, Greg Salas, Austin Pettis, and the rest of the field for the last three spots in the Rams' new wide receiving corps. With Brian Quick and Chris Givens sure to get multiple chances, and Danny Amendola healthy and commandeering the bulk of the Rams' targets early, things don't look good for his chances.

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