Five Players to Watch Against the Vikings

Posted Sep 5, 2014

The regular season is about to be underway at the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday at noon. Here are five players to watch in the home opener.

The regular season is about to be underway as the Rams take on the Vikings at the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday at noon. Here are five players to watch in the home opener.

1. Shaun Hill - No. 14

Sunday afternoon will be the first opportunity to see the Rams’ starting quarterback in action as the team’s unquestioned leader. Hill has been working with St. Louis’ receivers from the offseason programs all the way through the preseason, which means he not only has a comfort level with them, but also the offensive scheme as a whole.

“Very excited,” Hill said on Wednesday. “Season’s finally here. You can really tell everybody’s excited, the whole team is. Went out there today and there was a lot of energy.”

Look for him to use his bevy of offensive weapons to lead the Rams to offensive success.

2. Kenny Britt - No. 81

Britt represents one of those weapons. The 25-year-old wideout signed with St. Louis as a free agent in the spring, and has done some great things to impress during camp. He said after Wednesday’s practice that heading into his sixth year in the league, he’s happy to be one of the team leaders.

“I’m excited about this offense, and I’m excited about what we’re doing with this offense,” Britt said. “I’m excited about the whole team, to tell you the truth, and seeing this young team, seeing how we started in OTAs and how we ended in camp, I’m really excited.”

Britt has plenty of ability to stretch the field, so look for him to do that on Sunday.

3. James Laurinaitis - No. 55

The middle linebacker was a little dinged up and didn’t play in the preseason, but he’s healthy and ready for the games that count. Laurinaitis said Wednesday that he was hard on him to miss that time.

“I’m a guy who likes to go to work, try to out-work people. That’s what I pride myself on, so it’s been tough to sit in there,” he said. “The last few weeks practicing has felt great, and I’m just excited to go out there and get some game action. And what better challenge than the Minnesota Vikings?”

Look for the linebacker to be right in the thick of trying to stop Adrian Peterson and the Vikings in coordinator Gregg Williams’ new-look, aggressive-style defense.

4. Aaron Donald - No. 99

The rookie has been impressive all throughout camp and the preseason, and now it’s finally time for him to show the rest of the league what he’s capable of.

“It’s going to be emotional -- I’m not going to lie. It’s something that I’ve been dreaming about since I was five, and playing football since I was five,” Donald said to our Casey Phillips on taking the field for the first time. “To be at this moment for this dream to come true, and for it to actually be here come Sunday, you’ve just got to give it all you’ve got and take it all in.”

Donald is a fierce pass rusher, so look for him to bust through the interior of the line and disrupt some backfield action.

5. Zac Stacy - No. 30

Though it took a few weeks for the running back to see the field in his rookie year, that certainly will not be the case this season. Head coach Jeff Fisher has continually said that the Rams offense will be one that runs the ball well, and Stacy is going to be leading the charge. He will be one of the focal points of the offense for 2014, and has a great chance to be in the middle of the action on Sunday.