Player News - Rams

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Rams ILB Mark Barron is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

Barron and Alec Ogletree were DC Wade Phillips' inside linebackers this past season, forming an undersized, but athletic, duo on the interior. The Rams were 22nd in run-defense DVOA and 28th in rush yards allowed, so it's possible a change is made there. Barron carries a $10 million cap number for 2018, and the Rams can save $7 million by cutting him. He's a much better 4-3 fit.
Feb 16 - 2:40 PM

Rams CB Kayvon Webster is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Webster's teammate, LB Mark Barron, is also recovering from shoulder surgery. Barron is expected to be ready for camp while Webster's availability for Week 1 is still up in the air as he rehabs a ruptured Achilles he suffered late last season.
Feb 16 - 2:16 PM

ESPN Los Angeles expects the Rams to release Tavon Austin.

Reporter Alden Gonzalez believes the "only reason" Austin might keep his roster spot is because just 37.5 percent of his $8 million salary/bonuses would come off the books this year, as opposed to 100 percent in 2019. With Austin due a $5 million roster bonus in March, we would fully expect the Rams to cut their losses, even if it comes with $5 million in dead money. Austin's four-year, $42 million extension in August 2016 is one of the worst NFL decisions in recent memory.
Feb 6 - 2:29 PM

Associated Press named Sean McVay its 2017 Coach of the Year.

McVay took a bottom of the league Jeff Fisher team to an NFC West title as a first-year head coach. The Rams had a seven-win improvement under him and a complete turnaround on offense, leading the NFL in points per game (29.9) and ranking top-10 in both passing and rushing yards. McVay’s scheme returned Todd Gurley to All-Pro status and rehabbed Jared Goff from rookie-year bust to franchise quarterback. The Rams future is on the rise with McVay — the youngest coach in the league. Vikings HC Mike Zimmer (11), Jaguars HC Doug Marrone (2), Patriots HC Bill Belichick (1), and Eagles HC Doug Pederson (1) all received first-place votes.
Feb 3 - 8:10 PM

Associated Press named Rams RB Todd Gurley its 2017 Offensive Player of the Year.

Gurley was easily the top offensive player in the league, totaling 2,093 yards and 19 touchdowns in 15 games. He was an every-down workhorse for the Rams, playing 77-percent of snaps and averaging over 18 touches. Coming off a down year, Gurley rebounded to All-Pro form under HC Sean McVay and helped carry the Rams to an NFC West championship. Gurley is the first running back to win Offensive Player of the Year since DeMarco Murray in 2014.
Feb 3 - 7:22 PM

Associated Press named Rams DT Aaron Donald its 2017 Defensive Player of the Year.

Donald missed all of training camp and the first week of the season to a holdout. Even with the missed time, he still had one of his best years — finishing with 11 sacks and leading the league with 91 pressures. A game-wrecker on the interior, Donald also had strong run-stopping PFF grades. Donald beat out Jaguars DE Calais Campbell (17 votes) and sack-leader Chandler Jones (5 votes) for the award. Entering a contract year, the Rams should give Donald a mega-extension this offseason.
Feb 3 - 6:46 PM

The Rams will play the Chiefs in a regular season game in Mexico City in 2018.

Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement at his Super Bowl press conference Wednesday. It will be counted as a Rams home game as they continue to wait for their new stadium to be built in Inglewood. The Raiders-Texans and Patriots-Raiders games in Mexico City the past two seasons were smashing hits. The game is usually good for both offenses, with Mexico City at a higher altitude than Denver, therefore gassing defensive players by the second half.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 31 - 2:18 PM

Rams promoted Aaron Kromer to run-game coordinator and Shane Waldron to pass-game coordinator.

Matt LaFleur left to take the Titans' offensive coordinator job, leaving coach and de facto OC Sean McVay in need of some help. Kromer coached the Rams' vastly improved offensive line last season while Waldron coached up the tight ends. Both will have an increased role in game-planning in 2018.
Jan 30 - 8:53 AM

Rams GM Les Snead confirmed the team wants to re-sign Sammy Watkins.

"I know this – going from 32nd to first in offense, Sammy was a big part of it down the stretch," Snead said. "A goal of ours is to keep that [wide receiver] group together because a lot of our weapons are 25 and under." Watkins caught just 39 passes for 593 yards his first season with the Rams, but he did find the end zone eight times and, perhaps most importantly, stayed healthy. ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports the team will tag Watkins if they cannot reach a long-term deal.
Jan 25 - 10:24 AM

Rams hired ex-UCLA OC Jedd Fisch as senior offensive assistant.

It sounds like a Jeff Fisher alias, but Fisch, 41, has plenty of NFL experience. He last worked in the league as the Jaguars' OC under failed coach Gus Bradley in 2013-2014 before heading back to college. Fisch will likely handle a lot of the duties left behind by QBs coach Greg Olson, who took the Raiders' OC gig.
Jan 24 - 1:18 PM

Impending free agent OLB Connor Barwin hopes to re-sign with the Rams.

"I’d love to be back," Barwin said. "This is my third time (that) I’ll be a free agent. I’ve been down this road before. I’ll just let it take care of itself, enjoy these next couple of months, and then hope to be back and get to." Barwin earned low marks from Pro Football Focus for his age-31 season in Los Angeles, but tallied five sacks in 657 snaps. If he's re-signed, it could be without any guaranteed money.
Source: therams.com
Jan 18 - 4:01 PM

Rams GM Les Snead says there's "no timeline" for an extension with Aaron Donald.

"To be honest with you, I would be probably lying if I put a timeline on this one," was Snead's exact quote. "But, like I’ve always said with Aaron … we want him to be a Ram a long time. So when we ink that deal or not — I can’t put a timeline on it. But it is a major priority, as it always will be until we get it done." Donald said Thursday he has no plans to hold out this summer. With the specter of back-to-back franchise tags looming after 2018, Donald doesn't have a ton of leverage.
Source: therams.com
Jan 11 - 9:45 PM

Contract-year DT Aaron Donald has no plans to hold out for the second-consecutive year in 2018.

Turning 27 in May, Donald will be grossly underpaid in 2018 ($6.89 million), but lacks the holdout "leverage" he had last summer. He must report a month before the start of the regular season if he wants to become a free agent, as scheduled, in 2019. Even at that point, Donald will be franchise tagged absent a long-term deal. With the ability to franchise tag Donald again in 2020, the Rams hold all the cards. Donald has a strong claim to 2017 Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 11 - 4:27 PM

ESPN Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez expects the team to assign the franchise tag to impending free agent Sammy Watkins.

It's not a surprise after the Rams gave up a second-round pick and CB E.J. Gaines for Watkins last August. Although Watkins caught just 39 balls for the 2017 Rams, he scored eight touchdowns and was highly effective on a per-target basis. Watkins also stayed healthy for the first time in a long time. As Watkins is still only 24 years old -- he turns 25 in June -- the Rams may use the franchise tag as a precursor to a long-term commitment.
Jan 10 - 8:18 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports ex-UCLA OC Jedd Fisch will be a top candidate to replace Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian if he leaves for the Seahawks.

Per La Canfora, "many expect" Sarkisian to be the Seahawks' next OC. Fisch was last in the NFL as the Jaguars' OC in 2013-2014 but was fired after two lackluster seasons. He's since worked with Jim Harbaugh at Michigan and Jim Mora at UCLA. Mora was fired this past season, leaving Fisch out of a job under new coach Chip Kelly. Fisch and Falcons coach Dan Quinn worked together in Seattle in 2010. It would be a very uninspiring hire for the Falcons' offense.
Jan 10 - 11:33 AM


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