Rams | Sam Bradford appears to be building chemistry with new TE Sat May 25, 12:06 PM
St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford appeared to have good chemistry with TE Jared Cook during organized team activities Friday, May 24.
|Footballguys view: A good sign for Bradford and an important note for fantasy owners here. The Rams have rebuilt the offense and added high powered weapons in the passing game like rookie WR Tavon Austin and TE Jared Cook. They also upgraded the O-Line when they signed LT Jake Long in free agency. Cook's current ADP is TE13 and he's coming off the board at the end of round eleven. Cook could finish the season as a top 10 fantasy TE and provides good value at his current ADP.|
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Rams | Tavon Austin receiving handoffs Sat May 25, 11:57 AM
St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin took some handoffs during organized team activities Friday, May 24. Austin rushed for 643 yards and three touchdowns on 72 carries last season at West Virginia. He likely will not receive many carries this season but it is something opponents would have to account for during games.
|Footballguys view: Defenses will have to prepare for Austin in many different ways. The Rams are intent on using him early and often in 2013.|
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Rams | Four RBs competing for playing time Sat May 25, 11:53 AM
St. Louis Rams RBs Isaiah Pead, Daryl Richardson, Terrance Ganaway and Zac Stacy will all be competing for playing time during offseason workouts and training camp.
|Footballguys view: The Rams have an interesting groups of backs here. Richardson is the speed back but some think he lacks the size to be a featured runner. Pead is arguably the most versatile back but he didn't impress as a rookie last year. Stacy may be the sleeper in this backfield. He's built low to the ground and picks up good yards after contact.|
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Rams | Lance Kendricks dealing with injury Fri May 24, 06:05 PM
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said TE Lance Kendricks (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and will continue his rehab. Kendricks was not able to participate in organized team activities Thursday, May 23.
|Footballguys view: It's a make or break year for Kendricks with the Rams. He should be ready to participate by the start of training camp. With the addition of free agent Jared Cook we'll see Kendricks take a back seat in 2013.|
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Rams | Rodger Saffold working on move to right side Fri May 24, 04:22 PM
St. Louis Rams OT Rodger Saffold said he has been working on improving as a right tackle during organized team activities and has not faced much of a transition in moving from left tackle to right tackle. 'It's just a matter of getting used to it, the muscle memory, the change in stance,' Saffold said. 'Honestly, it hasn't been as hard as I thought it was going to be. As far as the smaller details, that's what I'm constantly working on. It's just the second day out here, so I just want to continue to work and to learn.'
|Footballguys view: Saffold struggled on the left side but should be an upgrade for the team on the right side of the line. He's entering the final year of his rookie contract and could be in line for a big money deal if he plays well in 2013.|
Rams | Terrell Brown moving to OL Fri May 24, 01:39 PM
St. Louis Rams OT Terrell Brown, who is just under seven feet tall and weighs over 400 pounds, will shift from the defensive to offensive line in his rookie season. Head coach Jeff Fisher said the team feels right tackle will suit Brown the best. Brown was at right tackle in two games for Mississippi in 2012 and played eight games at defensive tackle in 2011.Link to story
Rams | Sam Bradford working with rookie WRs Thu May 23, 09:03 PM
St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford has been working on routes and throws with WRs Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey during offseason workouts.
|Footballguys view: Austin and Bailey were teammates in college at West Virginia and combined for 1,607 yards after the catch in 2012. Austin should be the focal point of the passing game and reminds many of Randall Cobb (Packers) because of his speed and elusiveness. Bailey is a deep target who can track the ball easily on long passes.|
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Rams | Brian Quick limited during workout Thu May 23, 08:56 PM
St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick (hamstring) was limited during organized team activities Thursday, May 23, because of a tight hamstring.
|Footballguys view: Quick may be passed on the depth chart if he doesn't stay healthy and prove that he can be a better route runner. He's got size but doesn't use his frame effectively to box out defenders.|
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Rams | Thomas Brown switching positions Thu May 23, 08:55 PM
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said the team will be moving DL Thomas Brown to offensive tackle because they believe that is the best position for him. Fisher said Brown weighed in at 403 pounds even though he was listed as 385 pounds.Link to story
Rams | Rokevious Watkins suspended Wed May 22, 05:06 PM
St. Louis Rams OG Rokevious Watkins has been suspended for the first game of the 2013 season for violating the NFL's policy for substances of abuse.Link to story
Rams | Terrell Brown signs Wed May 22, 09:41 AM
The St. Louis Rams signed undrafted free-agent OT Terrell Brown (Mississippi) to an undisclosed deal.Link to story
Rams | Zach Potter signed Mon May 20, 06:12 PM
The St. Louis Rams have signed free-agent TE Zach Potter (Jaguars). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
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Rams | Plan to get Austin the ball early and often Tue May 14, 09:07 PM
Michael David Smith, from ProFootballTalk.com, reports Rams head coach Jeff Fisher says the team plans to get the ball to rookie WR Tavon Austin as much as possible. "We're going to try to get the ball to him as often as we can, however we do that," Fisher said.
|Footballguys view: The Rams targeted slot WR Danny Amendola (Patriots) almost 40 percent of the time last season, the third-highest rate in the NFL. Now that he's gone his replacement will be Austin. He's a big play threat every time he touches the ball and can be used effectively as a runner or receiver. Austin gained 947 yards after the catch in 2012, most among players from AQ schools.|
Rams | Could still re-sign Quintin Mikell Mon May 13, 08:14 AM
The St. Louis Rams still haven't removed free-agent S Quintin Mikell's nameplate over his locker, which is an indication they could re-sign him.Link to story
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Rams | Expected to sign three tryout players Sun May 12, 04:00 PM
The St. Louis Rams are expected to sign undrafted free-agent QB Tim Jenkins (Fort Lewis College), LB Joseph LeBeau (Jackson State) and CB Andre Martin (North Dakota State). All three players participated in the team's rookie minicamp on a tryout basisi.Link to story
Rams | C.J. Akins injured Sun May 12, 01:48 PM
St. Louis Rams WR C.J. Akins (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' tendon during practice Saturday, May 11, and will undergo surgery later this week.Link to story
Rams | Two rookies not practicing Fri May 10, 08:07 PM
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham (knee) and C Barrett Jones (foot) are not participating in rookie minicamp this weekend because of injuries.Link to story
Rams | Drops a problem for outside WRs last year Mon May 6, 06:59 PM
When the Rams targeted an outside wide receiver in 2012 they had the second highest drop rate (6.8%) in the NFL. Chris Givens (5) and Brian Quick (3) were credited with the most drops of any WR left on the team.
|Footballguys view: The Rams have a new outside wide receiver to stretch the field vertically. Rookie Stedman Bailey was added in the third-round of the NFL draft and is known as a big play deep threat. Bailey gained almost half of his 1,622 yards on passes thrown 15 yards or longer downfield.|
Rams | Austin in for a sizable role? Mon May 6, 06:55 PM
In 2012 the Rams targeted a wide receiver lined up in the slot position 40.5% of the time, third highest rate in the NFL. With Danny Amendola (Patriots) moving on in free agency that slot role goes to first-round pick Tavon Austin.
|Footballguys view: Austin was the first WR off the board in this year's draft class for good reason. He's a tremendous weapon with excellent quickness, speed, and agility in the open field. Austin could be in for a bigger role than some think. The selection of Austin had to make QB Sam Bradford happy.|
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Rams | Rookie WR duo all about YAC Mon May 6, 06:49 PM
Rams rookie WR Tavon Austin led the NCAA in yards after the catch (947) in 2012. Fellow college teammate (and now Rams teammate as well) WR Stedman Bailey was third in the NCAA with 660 yards after the catch.
|Footballguys view: What a brilliant move by the Rams to add both playmakers in the 2013 NFL draft. Austin reminds some in the scouting community of Randall Cobb (Packers) because of his run after the catch ability and elusiveness in the open field. Bailey will be relied on as a big play WR on the outside. Both enhance the caliber of weapons around QB Sam Bradford.|
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Rams | Barrett Jones seen as interior lineman Sat May 4, 03:09 PM
The St. Louis Rams are expected to use OL Barrett Jones at center and both guard spots. He may be given the opportunity to compete for the starting left guard job during training camp.Link to story
Rams | Barrett Jones recovering from injury Sat May 4, 03:03 PM
St. Louis Rams OL Barrett Jones (foot) is expected to be limited during offseason workouts because he is recovering from a foot injury.
|Footballguys view: The team will take it easy on the versatile O-Lineman this offseason. Rams coach Jeff Fisher says Jones should be ready by training camp.|
Rams | Speed an asset for Alec Ogletree Thu May 2, 08:57 AM
St. Louis Rams LB Alec Ogletree said he believes his game speed will help him at the pro level. 'I'm definitely up for the challenge,' Ogletree said. 'I'm very confident in my ability to basically tackle somebody, run 'em down. I feel like when I'm between the lines, nobody's faster than me.'
|Footballguys view: Ogletree flies to the football and can chase down plays that go away from him. He can make plays in coverage as well but needs to be more disciplined in reading a QBs eyes.|
Rams | Brandon McGee to see time on special teams Thu May 2, 08:11 AM
St. Louis Rams fifth-round pick CB Brandon McGee will contribute on special teams right away. 'He was a gunner and covered very well,' head coach Jeff Fisher said. He's also expected to back up at cornerback.Link to story
Rams | Mike McNeill signs tender Wed May 1, 05:45 PM
St. Louis Rams exclusive rights free-agent TE Mike McNeill has signed his tender offer. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Rams | Several UDFAs signed Sat Apr 27, 10:58 PM
The St. Louis Rams signed undrafted free agents OT Braden Brown (Brigham Young), LB Michael Gilliard (Georgia), NT Garret Goebel (Ohio State), G Kevin Saia (Louisiana Tech) and FB Eric Stevens (California) Saturday, April 27.Link to story
Rams | Barrett Jones willing to play any position Sat Apr 27, 03:35 PM
St. Louis Rams OL Barrett Jones said he willing to play any offensive line position the team asks him to next season. 'I'll play anywhere they need me to play,' Jones said. 'I'm very committed. I want to be the hardest working player in the building.' Jones played right guard, left tackle and center while at the University of Alabama.Link to story
Rams | Stedman Bailey added to WR stable Fri Apr 26, 09:56 PM
The St. Louis Rams selected West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey with the No. 92 overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.Link to story
Rams | Alec Ogletree selected 30th overall Thu Apr 25, 11:35 PM
The St. Louis Rams selected Georgia LB Alec Ogletree with the 30th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Ogletree, if he plays in control and stays focused, could really make this defense nasty. His upside is huge, but so is the downside.|
Rams | Tavon Austin selected eighth overall Thu Apr 25, 09:03 PM
The St. Louis Rams selected West Virginia WR Tavon Austin with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Sam Bradford lost two weapons in Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson, but adding Austin will help ease that pain. A dynamic player with the ball in his hand, he will have a tremendous impact from Day One for Bradford and the Rams. Expect him to get passes early and often as Bradford looks to him to help turn things around.|
Rams | Open to trading pick Thu Apr 25, 02:07 PM
The St. Louis Rams are open to trading pick 22 in the first round of the NFL Draft. That was a pick the team received from the Washington Redskins in a deal that eventually saw the Redskins select Robert Griffin III.Link to story
Rams | Could re-sign Quintin Mikell Tue Apr 23, 08:22 AM
The St. Louis Rams are could re-sign free-agent S Quintin Mikell.Link to story
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Rams | Still interested in Daryl Smith Tue Apr 23, 08:13 AM
The St. Louis Rams are still interested in free-agent LB Daryl Smith (Jaguars).Link to story
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Rams | Chris Long restructures contract Mon Apr 22, 07:49 PM
St. Louis Rams DE Chris Long restructured his contract Monday, April 22, saving the team $4.5 million of cap space.Link to story
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Rams | Kenny Vaccaro could be option Mon Apr 22, 02:25 PM
The St. Louis Rams could consider taking University of Texas S Kenny Vaccaro with their first first-round draft choice in the 2013 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Vaccaro is a highly aggressive player who flies to the football. He can turn and cover WRs but also has a nose for the football as a run defender. Scouts compare him to Eric Weddle (Chargers) because of his playmaking ability.|
Rams | DeAndre Hopkins working out again Mon Apr 22, 08:42 AM
The St. Louis Rams are working out Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins again Monday, April 22.
|Footballguys view: The Rams are going to add at least one more WR in this draft class. Hopkins is an option for them in the first- or second-round. He reminds many sco8uts of Reggie Wayne (Colts) because of his route running ability, body control, and sideline awareness.|
Rams | Likely to nab WR in first-round pick Sun Apr 21, 08:03 PM
The St. Louis Rams are likely to take either West Virginia WR Tavon Austin or Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins with the No. 16 pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The team could also be interested in California WR Keenan Allen and Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson.
|Footballguys view: The Rams added Brian Quick and Chris Givens in the draft last year but that won't keep them from addressing the position this year. They lost Danny Amendola (Patriots) in free agency and could add another WR this year because the draft class is elite.|
Rams | Do not want to move Rodger Saffold Sun Apr 21, 12:23 PM
The St. Louis Rams are not interested in trading OT Rodger Saffold and believe that he will be a part of the team for a long time.Link to story
Rams | Worked out DeAndre Hopkins Fri Apr 19, 04:25 PM
The St. Louis Rams conducted a private workout with Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins Friday, April 19, and it appears to have went very well.
|Footballguys view: The Rams have 16 and 22 and are likely to take a wide receiver like Hopkins, Tavon Austin, or Cordarrelle Patterson with one of the picks.|
Rams | Alec Ogletree could be first-round option Fri Apr 19, 01:11 PM
The St. Louis Rams could consider selecting University of Georgia LB Alec Ogletree in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft if West Virginia WR Tavon Austin and University of Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson are not available.
|Footballguys view: Ogletree has off field concerns, but the former safety should be a three-down linebacker in the NFL and a good boom/bust pick in IDP rookie drafts.|
Rams | More on Kellen Clemens Fri Apr 19, 11:55 AM
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Rams QB Kellen Clemens' one-year deal is worth $870,000. It includes a $840,000 base salary and a $30,000 signing bonus. It only counts $585,000 against the salary cap.Link to story
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Rams | More on Darian Stewart Fri Apr 19, 11:44 AM
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Rams S Darian Stewart has a $700,000 base salary and a $300,000 signing bonus with possible incentives.Link to story
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Rams | Hugh Thornton visits Fri Apr 19, 11:14 AM
The St. Louis Rams visited with Illinois OG Hugh Thornton last week.Link to story
Rams | Interested in D.J. Johnson Thu Apr 18, 09:43 PM
The St. Louis Rams have shown interest in Texas Tech FS D.J. Johnson.Link to story
Rams | Interested in Toben Opurum Thu Apr 18, 02:02 PM
The St. Louis Rams have shown interest in University of Kansas DE Toben Opurum.Link to story
Rams | Work out Ace Sanders Thu Apr 18, 01:39 PM
The St. Louis Rams conducted a private workout with South Carolina WR Ace Sanders Wednesday, April 17. The team also met with Sanders last week. Sanders could be an option if the team is not able to select West Virginia WR Tavon Austin.
|Footballguys view: Sanders is a super charged WR who can help primarily as a return man. He's considered a late round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.|
Rams | Met with Spencer Ware Wed Apr 17, 10:55 AM
Louisiana State RB Spencer Ware had a dinner meeting with the St. Louis Rams.
|Footballguys view: The Rams are looking for RB help after losing Steven Jackson (Falcons) in free agency. Ware is not considered a full time RB but could be the power element of a RBBC. He is a violent runner who relishes contact. His leg drive is incredible and he's tough to bring down between the Tackles. There are some in the scouting community who compare Ware to former Cowboys/Bears RB Marion Barber.|
Rams | Kellen Clemens re-signed Tue Apr 16, 08:45 AM
The St. Louis Rams re-signed free-agent QB Kellen Clemens to a one-year deal. It's believed to be for the minimum.
|Footballguys view: Clemens gives the team another arm for camp, and he knows the Brian Schottenheimer offense. Austin Davis is the team's QB2 behind Sam Bradford so Clemens will have to battle for the QB3 job.|
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Rams | Expected to take WR in first round Sat Apr 13, 03:05 PM
The St. Louis Rams are expected to take a wide receiver with one of their first-round draft choices in the 2013 NFL Draft. The team has met with or will meet with University of California WR Keenan Allen, West Virginia WR Tavon Austin, University of Tennessee WRs Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, Baylor WR Terrance Williams and Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton before the draft.
|Footballguys view: The Rams selected Brian Quick and Chris Givens last year in the draft but neither are the caliber of WR they could add this year in the first-round. After losing Danny Amendola (Patriots) in free agency they have a need at the position. The Rams have two first-round picks (16, 22) thanks to the Redskins trading up for QB Robert Griffin III last year.|
Rams | Shamarko Thomas visits Thu Apr 11, 02:16 PM
The St. Louis Rams met with Syracuse SS Shamarko Thomas Wednesday, April 11.Link to story