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Been thinking about this and here’s the way I see both, in general...
First, the D which is the unit that has been improved the most, I think.
At Edge we have the ascending Fowler on one side and in a contract year. On the other side we will have a rotation of Matthews, Ebu, possibly Obo after his red shirt/ injured year. Maybe a surprise player will emerge, as well. Overall, an improvement on both edges, I think.
Suh’s departure creates an opportunity for Gaines and/or Joseph-Day. Both youngsters bring energy and desire, something that the “regular season” Suh sorely lacked. I honestly see a net improvement here in run D.
Speaking of run D, Kiser seems like an upgrade on first 2 downs over the departed Barron.
In nickel and dime, Wade now has more options than before. Rapp and Long now join the impressive secondary of Talib, Peters, NRC, Weddle, and JJ. Damn! The package combinations are almost endless, now. And how valuable is the proper usage of Peters for all 16 games?...
Ranking all 32 RB1s heading into 2019
It's going to be weird to see Le'Veon Bell donning green this season. Real weird.
Of all the running backs who switched teams this offseason, no move was bigger than Bell's, as he signed with the New York Jets in free agency after not playing a single snap during his contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018. We got our first glimpse of No. 26 as Gang Green's new RB1 at the team's mandatory minicamp earlier this month.
With the major offseason player movement behind us and just over a month to go before training camp commences, now is the perfect time to assess every NFL backfield. (I know...
Entering year three with McVay, Goff mastering the offensive scheme
As a quarterback moves into his fourth year, there are certain expectations — especially for one selected at No. 1 overall.
Especially since Sean McVay took over as Los Angeles’ head coach in 2017, Jared Goff has grown into one of the better quarterbacks in the league. As McVay often likes to say, Goff is what makes the Rams’ offensive system work given what he can do on the field.
Last year alone, Goff’s numbers improved across the board — finishing with 4,688 yards passing, 32 touchdowns, and a 64.9 completion percentage.
But because Goff won’t even turn 25 until mid-October, he still has plenty of room to grow as a professional. And given that he’s about to start his third year in the offensive system, passing game coordinator Shane Waldron said he’s noticed the young...
Los Angeles Rams: S John Johnson III
John Johnson III can line up at both safety positions, possessing the physical tools to excel closer to the box or in deep coverage. He matched 11 pass breakups from his rookie campaign and added four interceptions last year. The 23-year-old also ranked second on the Los Angeles Rams in solo tackles (82).
Johnson knows what he brings to the field extends beyond the average NFL safety. According to The Athletic's Vincent Bonsignore, he's aiming for a Pro Bowl invite.
"I think I deserve it. That's the only problem," Johnson said. "If I thought I was reaching for it, that would be one thing. But I'm right there, so I really want to accomplish...
State of the Franchise: Super Bowl or bust for Rams in 2019
Members of the Los Angeles Rams organization, Rams fans around the world and those who thought Nickell Robey-Coleman was just playing great defense:
This franchise is coming off the most exciting season it has ever enjoyed in Los Angeles, reaching heights last seen in Southern California when the Rams represented the NFC in Super...
OK. Now that I got your attention.....
This will be the catch all thread for any news about Todd Gurley's health and status for the coming year.
From this point forward, we will simply delete any new threads about the subject that do not specifically and non-speculatively define the status of Gurley's knee. This includes any and all reporters, twitter handles, bloggers, etc... writing stories about it and/or relating any second hand information.
I am also going to lock the other threads and encourage any discussion to just happen here. Please do not think it's funny to start a new thread to be cute. Let's all just hope for the best for our All Pro running back and wait for real information.
In the mean time, feel free to discuss the subject in this thread. TG is a very important piece to our team and we in no way intend to stifle discussion about him.
Brockers feeling "refreshed" heading into eighth pro season
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Myles Simmons RAMS INSIDER
If you think about it, the age 28 is still considered quite young by most standards.
Now that doesn’t mean 28-year-old veteran defensive lineman Michael Brockers is old in football years. But he has reached the point where he’s the second-longest tenured Ram — behind only long snapper Jake McQuaide.
But speaking to the D-lineman entering his eighth pro season after Tuesday’s OTA practice, Brockers said he’s feeling great during this 2019 offseason program.
“I don’t know if I’m lying or not, but I feel refreshed,” Brockers told therams.com. “I feel — coming from the Super Bowl loss, that fire kind of drives you some more. So just ready to get back out there.”
Falling to the Patriots in February, Brockers continued, “created that fire in us just to get back. We know that was a...
There is seemingly some truth to it (although I think more on the side of the winning team than the losing team) and after the Rams performance I expect to hear a lot of that kind of chatter from talking heads with space to fill and clicks totals to reach. Especially if they lose in Week One or Two. Which will also bring up the New Orleans game too and the "well they shouldn't have been there" chatter.
But for me..........I'm not that concerned about it with this team for a few reasons.
It's a young team, and so I sense that they are disappointed, but will leave it in the rear view mirror.
McVay has a knack, in part because of his age, of being able to effectively communicate with players so IMO he will keep them focused week to week. I'd be willing to be that he won't even allow for and talk about the game, and if comes up he'll shoot it right down.
Another reason is Wade Phillips. He's been around a LONG time to say the least and I think he will be a steadying force....
There is a lot of honor going on in that draft room (see the vids of how Rams include everyone in the process---position coaches et al)....and 'niceness' maybe, too.
REally the Rams culture all changed with McVay, not the the owner and not the GM.
Same with Pats, the owner is a guy who knows when to say 'yes' to Belliboy, and that is it.
The owner doesn't have to have class, or honor or that stuff, the coach has to--and McVay has
that in spades! THe owner only has to honor what he says...which is not so hard for most of them.
With all the 'nice' guy stuff going on with the Rams towards the players, the staff is intentional, serious and joyful...all things that business can be.
The only change I see that McVay needs:
he has to become less glorifying of players---that will lead to his downfall. Fisher was a lapdog to lazy players like Jenkins....who after he left the Rams became the pro bowler he should have been with he Rams.
He is young and so it is ok to kiss the...
NFL draft grades 2019: Patriots' class among best, Giants' haul confounds
Time for my least favorite aspect of NFL draft season — the reactionary, postmortem grades NFL readership seems to demand the minute after Mr. Irrelevant has been announced.
PSA — this is a largely pointless drill, and a legitimate report card can't fairly be issued until 2022. But I'll play along and submit my annual, way-too-early, impromptu evaluations before all of these players have even set foot onto a pro practice field. Please note, I strive to assess each club's class holistically, assessing the players on merit...
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#70 overall RB Memphis
Henderson became one of the top college running backs by the time he finished his three-year career with the Tigers. He was an Associated Press first-team All-American in 2018, finishing second in the country with 1,909 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on only 214 carries (8.9 average). The first-team All-American Athletic Conference performer also caught 19 passes for 295 yards (15.5 average) and three touchdowns in 13 starts (he sat out the team's bowl game to focus on the draft). Henderson also missed the team's 2017 bowl game due to injury but played in 13 games that year (10 starts) and led Memphis with 1,154 yards and nine touchdowns on just 130 carries (8.9 average) to garner second-team all-conference accolades. The 2014 Mississippi Gatorade High School Player of the Year (2,253 yards, 32 TD) played in all 13 games with six starts as a true freshman (87-482-5.5, five TD rushing; 20-237-11.9, three TD receiving). He...
Hope I didn’t jump the gun, mods! As I wait here at my flight gate, I am scouring for Day 2 news. Here’s this tidbit, expect him to go early today. Maybe Cardinals? Will we see a run on cb’s subsequently, missing out on Greedy?
That means don't post things before they're announced on the TV or Radio!
Start off with some rumors and drama circulating today. Just glad I'm not a Redskins fan, say what you want of our owner at least he's not Dan Snyder! And yes I know there are smokescreens and unconfirmed "insider sources". Last time Snyder reportedly did this was when they traded with us to draft RG3.
The move comes as no surprise given Goff was the No. 1 overall pick in 2016 and was the Rams’ starting quarterback in Super Bowl LIII.
Goff is 24-7 over the past two seasons, with a 100.8 passer rating, after going 0-7 with a 63.6 passer rating as a rookie.
Through three seasons, Goff has passed for 9,581 yards and 65 touchdowns.
Jared Goff: Contract extension 'not on my mind at all'
Entering the final year of his rookie deal, former first-overall pick Jared Goff is in line for a mega-extension sometime in the next 23 months.
Despite the recent record-breaking deal handed out to division rival signal-caller Russell Wilson, the Los Angeles Rams quarterback said this week that he is not thinking about his contract situation as offseason workouts...
ESPN Field Gates reporting
From the article:
In advance of the free agency period opening next Wednesday, the Rams have kept one of the best pass rushers off the market by agreeing to terms on a new contract with outside linebacker Dante Fowler. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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