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Rams, Bills, Vikings Have NFL's Best Under-25 Talent

The St. Louis Rams rank first in ESPN's list of teams with the best talent under the age of 25.

The Rams have been able to stockpile talented young players in large part due to the Robert Griffin III trade. Robert Quinn is considered one of the best young defensive players in the entire NFL.

The Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans round out the top-10.

Via Scott Kacsmar/ESPN

Fisher: Michael Sam 'Absolutely Not' A Distraction

The St. Louis Rams stood behind Michael Sam amid comments from Tony Dungy that the presence of a homosexual player would be a distraction if he were still a head coach.

“Absolutely not,” Jeff Fisher said. “Let's define distraction. There were a couple of extra cameras during early OTAs. There may have been an extra camera yesterday as rookies reported and went on the field the first time. Mike's a very passionate athlete. He's very focused on trying to make this football team.

"He worked really hard during the summer, and he's doing a good job."

Via Will Brinson/CBS Sports

Wilson, Luck, Rodgers, Watt Headline Barnwell's Trade Value List

Brill Barnwell has released his 2014 NFL Trade Value rankings, headlined by Russell Wilson at No. 1 and Andrew Luck at No. 2.

Wilson is ranked ahead of Luck because he is still two years away from being paid market value.

Aaron Rodgers is ranked No. 3, though Barnwell writes that he would rank him as the most talented quarterback in the NFL right now. But Rodgers is 30 and makes far more money than younger, cheaper quarterbacks.

J.J. Watt is the first defensive player on the list and ranks No. 4.

Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton are ranked No. 5 and No. 6 respectively. 

Robert Quinn is at No. 7 as the second-highest ranked defensive player.

Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Tom Brady rank No. 8-No. 11.

Here's the rest of Barnwell's top-50:

12. Patrick Peterson

13. Earl Thomas

14. Richard Sherman

15. Robert Griffin III

16. A.J. Green

17. Calvin Johnson

18. Von Miller

19. Philip Rivers

20. Eli Manning

21. Ben Roethlisberger

22. Joe Thomas

23. Joe Staley

24. Luke Kuechly

25. Greg Hardy

26. Jadeveon Clowney

27. Jimmy Graham

28. Tyron Smith

29. Duane Brown

30. Julio Jones

31. Dez Bryant

32. Tony Romo

33. Matthew Stafford

34. Patrick Willis

35. Darrelle Revis

36. Lavonte David

37. Demaryius Thomas

38. Muhammad Wilkerson

39. Trent Williams

40. Joe Haden

41. Nate Solder

42. Adrian Peterson

43. Ryan Tannehill

44. Mike Iupati

45. Ndamukong Suh

46. Gerald McCoy

47. Dontari Poe

48. Sheldon Richardson

49. Jim Harbaugh

50. Nick Foles

Via Bill Barnwell/Grantland

Rams Jul 2014 Archive