St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is working with ‘four or five’ players who could ‘catch 40-50’ balls in 2013

Sam Bradford won’t be lacking targets this autumn.

Running a spread-the-wealth offense, St. Louis Rams COO Kevin Demoff predicted “four or five” players could “catch 40-50″ balls in 2013.

Surrounded by burners in St. Louis, quarterback Sam Bradford will lead the Rams’ potentially explosive attack.

“The goal this year is for Sam (Bradford) to be able to throw to the ‘open’ player,” said Demoff, who is entering his fourth year with the organization. “I expect that we will get meaningful contributions from all five receivers, the two tight ends, and the running backs. That is where we are evolving, letting the down, distance, scheme, and coverage dictate who becomes the targeted player.”

Taken first overall out of Oklahoma in 2010, the 25-year-old Bradford was under center for all 16 games last season as the Rams (7-8-1) finished third in the NFC West.

Finally working with quality weapons, Bradford will have tight end Jared Cook and receivers Tavon Austin, Brian Quick and Chris Givens to target in a four-wide package designed by coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

A traditionally inept franchise that only the great Kurt Warner made successful, Rams general manager Les Snead has done a solid job assembling talent and the native Oklahoman now has an opportunity to thrive in St. Louis.

Throwing 45 touchdowns, against 34 interceptions, for 9,378 yards in 42 contests as a Ram, Bradford has been reduced to an afterthought since the arrivals of youngsters Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick.

Competing against powerhouses like the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers in the West, this version of St. Louis won’t exactly evoke memories of “The Greatest Show on Turf.”

Nevertheless, “I expect that” Sam Bradford will pass for in excess of 4,000 yards this autumn and mature into royalty in the “Rome of the West.”

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