Player News - Rams

Date: Team: Pos:

Tavin Austin is in the league's concussion protocol.

Austin has been phased out of the offense with the additions of Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp. He's caught just two passes for 12 yards through three games. Austin is likely a goner in 2018.
Sep 22 - 9:03 AM

Jared Goff completed 22-of-28 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-39 win over the 49ers in Week 3.

What a difference a year makes with his career-high 145.8 passer rating in this one. In fact, Goff's passing rating improvement from his lowly 63.6 in his rookie season to his second-year rating of 118.2 is on pace to be the largest increase since 1970 among players making the jump to their sophomore season. Last year, he was also dead last in yards per attempt among quarterbacks with at least 200 attempts, but his air yards have transformed his approach as a passer. Coach Sean McVay is probably a slight improvement from the guy last year. While he's done a great job shedding the bust label so far this season, Goff is still going to be a risky fantasy play in Dallas for Week 4.
Sep 22 - 12:44 AM

Todd Gurley rushed 28 times for 113 yards and two rushing touchdowns and caught 5-of-7 targets for 36 yards and one receiving touchdown against the 49ers in Week 3.

This isn't that same old seven and nine stuff. Gurley's three TDs in the first half got him to six in the first 10 quarters of this season, which matched his entire total in 2016. His usage is headed to be among the league leaders and the Rams' sudden improvement on offense should lead to more scores. Coach Sean McVay blamed himself for Gurley's fumbling issues in Week 2 and talked about his own "uncharacteristic decisions" and "indecisiveness," so clearly he trusts his bell-cow back. Gurley looks like he will be an RB1 in his third season.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 12:36 AM

Sammy Watkins is in the concussion protocol following a win over the 49ers in Week 3, finishing with six catches, 106 yards and two touchdowns on his seven targets.

He was hit hard on his second touchdown, walked to the locker room under his own power, and the severity of the injury is not yet known, but let's focus on how marvelous he was before the injury for now. He scored his first touchdown as the primary read on a double slant from the one-yard line, and Watkins had one of the prettiest over-the-shoulder catches you'll ever see for a 47-yard completion earlier in the game. Coach Sean McVay talked about getting his key players in a better rhythm, so it would appear we won't see Watkins get 3.5 targets per game like he did in the first two outings this year. Hopefully, the extra days off before Week 4 will be enough for him to be ready for the Cowboys.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 22 - 12:32 AM

Robert Woods caught 6-of-7 targets for 108 yards against the 49ers in Week 3.

He led the Rams receivers in snaps for the first two games and he was even out there in one-wide sets near the goal line tonight. As impressive as this line is after a one-catch Week 2, the Rams do look to be involving Sammy Watkins more and running the rock will be essential to their success, so Woods will have tough time matching this output most weeks. Unless Watkins does have a concussion and needs to miss time, Woods isn't really a great fantasy pickup after this one.
Sep 22 - 12:24 AM

Cooper Kupp caught 2-of-2 targets for 17 yards against the 49ers in Week 3.

He played 37 of the 65 snaps in this game, but this win was all about Todd Gurley and Sammy Watkins. Jared Goff going down the field more than anticipated has cooled the hype on the slot man, but NFL defenses could make an adjustment to help make the rookie as more of a security blanket. Most owners in competitive leagues should just bench him, but he is trending down after his strong Week 1.
Sep 22 - 12:21 AM

Gerald Everett was not targeted in Week 3 against the 49ers.

He entered Week 3 as the leading rookie for receiving yards, but a 69-yard reception last week is the main reason. Everett isn't running enough routes or getting enough snaps to be counted on in re-draft leagues .
Sep 22 - 12:16 AM

Tavon Austin rushed three times for 14 yards and wasn't targeted against the 49ers in Week 3.

Late in the fourth quarter, he needed to be evaluated for a concussion. The Rams have been lining him up out wide and they had him in the backfield because they only had two active backs. He almost scored on a jet sweep from 11 yards out, but he was tackled just shy of the goal line. This week, coach Sean McVay said Austin "has a lot more in him, just as a complete receiver," but he's still getting most of his looks as a gadget guy.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 12:11 AM

Sammy Watkins is being evaluated for a concussion on Thursday.

He was having a monster game with six catches, 106 yards and two scores, but he suffered a hit to the head on his second score. Watkins made his way back to the locker room under his own power. Expect an update after the game.
Sep 21 - 11:42 PM

Lamarcus Joyner has a hamstring injury and he will not return in Week 3 against the 49ers.

He suffered the injury near the sideline and went to the training table for some treatment. Joyner has played some safety recently and has earned snaps for the improved Rams defense.
Sep 21 - 9:27 PM

Rams RB Malcolm Brown (hamstring) is inactive for Week 3 against the 49ers.

Brown is the Rams' clear-cut No. 2 running back, but has been lightly-used behind Todd Gurley. Justin Davis will serve as Gurley's backup for Thursday Night Football.
Sep 21 - 7:03 PM

Rams TE Gerald Everett (thigh) is active for Week 3 against the 49ers.

Everett seems to have a leg up on Tyler Higbee as Jared Goff's preferred seam stretcher. Inactive for the Rams are RB Malcolm Brown, QB Brandon Allen, CB Kayvon Webster, S Marqui Christian, OLB Ejuan Price, OT Andrew Donnal and OT Cornelius Lucas.
Sep 21 - 7:00 PM

Rams CB Kayvon Webster (shoulder) is questionable for Week 3.

Webster is closer to doubtful after not practicing all week. Nickell Robey-Coleman should continue to start against the 49ers.
Sep 20 - 5:41 PM

Gerald Everett (thigh) is questionable for Week 3 against the 49ers.

Everett didn't practice Monday, but was limited the last two days. He'll likely come down to a game-time decision after leaving in the third quarter last week. Everett broke out for a season-high 95 yards before going down, but is a Week 3 fade at less than 100 percent.
Sep 20 - 5:24 PM
Troy Hill - DB - Rams

Rams activated CB Troy Hill from the reserve/suspended list.

A third-year UDFA, the Rams have stuck with Hill for a surprisingly long time. He was ineffective under Jeff Fisher, and his suspension stemmed from a drunk driving arrest. He'll contribute as a special teamer and reserve corner.
Sep 19 - 2:20 PM


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