Oct 30, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) runs against St. Louis Rams strong safety Darian Stewart (20) during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Darian Stewart to lose starting free safety job for St. Louis Rams?

Offensively, it should be a productive year for the St. Louis Rams. Defensively? That might be more of a challenge, especially if they don’t fix their starting free safety spot.

Current first stringer Darian Stewart has been playing below average, so much so that ESPN believes the four year veteran might be in danger of losing his job:

Safety first: Presumptive starting safety Darian Stewart’s hold on that spot is growing more tenuous with each day he misses because of a hamstring injury. He played nine plays last week against Green Bay before departing, and did not practice all week. That clears the path for Rodney McLeod, who replaced Stewart last week against the Packers and handled all the first-team repetitions this week in practice. McLeod has been solid in limited opportunities, but tonight’s game could provide him a chance to win the job outright.

Stewart had a fantastic 2011 season but 2012 was a disappointment. Now combined with his struggles and his mild hamstring injury, the door has been opened for McLeod.

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