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The Rams put everything together once for a 31-21 upset over the 13-win Saints, even with backup A.J. Feeley calling the signals. Jackson became the seventh player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in seven straight seasons despite the personnel upheaval and Long and middle linebacker James Laurinaitis also had good years.

But the team’s depth was tested immediately when leading wide receiver Danny Amendola and Bartell were lost for the year and Jackson injured his quadriceps on his first carry in a season-opening loss to the Eagles

“We’ve got a lot of guys that unfortunately were banged up,” Laurinaitis said. “I think a full offseason together will help. I don’t think 2-14 reflects this team if everyone is healthy. We’ll see.”