Player News - Rams

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Rams signed WR Brandin Cooks to a five-year, $80 million extension through 2023.

The Rams moved aggressively for Cooks after letting Sammy Watkins walk in free agency, and did not want to lose a field-stretching lid lifter for the second-straight free agency in 2019. It's a bold move considering Watkins' disappointing production with conservative Jared Goff, but the Rams spent the entire offseason talking Cooks up. Still somehow only 25 in September, Cooks is coming off three-straight 1,000-yard seasons, albeit with Drew Brees and Tom Brady at quarterback. He also has stiff target competition in Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Todd Gurley. Probably headed for a WR2/3 campaign in fantasy, Cooks will likely be more valuable on the real-life gridiron than virtual.
Jul 17 - 3:06 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Rams are not expected to sign franchise-tagged S Lamarcus Joyner to a long-term deal before Monday's deadline.

Joyner has already signed his one-year, $11.287 million tender, so he will be in camp and ready to go no matter what happens. Schefter reports the two sides will continue to talk leading up to the 4 ET deadline, but there is not much optimism. Joyner broke out last season after switching full-time to safety.
Jul 16 - 8:38 AM

NFL suspended Rams RG Jamon Brown two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

A 16-game starter last season, Brown will be eligible to participate during training camp and the preseason, but he will miss the first two games. He will be eligible to return Week 3 against the Chargers. Austin Blythe, who started a game at left guard last season, will likely get the first crack to replace Brown.
Jul 3 - 3:36 PM

Rams DC Wade Phillips confirmed second-year OLB Samson Ebukam will be a starter in 2018.

A fourth-rounder last season, Ebukam played 359 snaps as a rookie. With Robert Quinn and Connor Barwin gone from last year's squad, it'll be Ebukam and presumably Matt Longacre manning the OLB spots this year, with Cory Littleton and Mark Barron on the inside. Ebukam came out of Eastern Washington running 4.50 forty with a 39-inch vertical and 10-foot-10 broad jump.
Source: therams.com
Jun 19 - 9:43 PM

The Los Angeles Times' Gary Klein writes there is no indication Aaron Donald will attend this week's mandatory minicamp.

It is a departure from last season when Donald skipped OTAs but did show up for minicamp. That said, his absence is not surprising. Set to make $6.892 million in the final year of his rookie deal, Donald is almost certainly looking for an extension which would make him the highest paid defensive player in the league. The three-time All-Pro earned Defensive Player of the Year honors last season.
Jun 12 - 8:31 AM

Rams signed third round OT Joseph Noteboom to a four-year contract.

A three-year starter for TCU, Noteboom will spend 2018 learning behind LT Andrew Whitworth. The Rams signed their entire draft class, with seventh round DL Justin Lawler the biggest standout at OTAs. Fifth round OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (foot surgery) is out until training camp.
Jun 9 - 2:14 PM

Rams ILB Cory Littleton is working as a starter and the signal caller during OTAs.

The Rams are in search of a new starter after dealing Alec Ogletree this offseason, and it looks like Littleton is the early favorite, especially since he is working as the "quarterback of the defense" during the offseason program. Former Chief Ramik Wilson should also get a look.
Jun 4 - 9:48 AM

Seventh-round OLB Justin Lawler was working with the Rams' first-team defense at OTAs.

A three-year college starter at SMU, Lawler tested poorly athletically at his Pro Day but produced 20.5 sacks in college and now enters a wide-open Rams' edge-rusher group. For now, Samson Ebukam and Matt Longacre are penciled in as the probable Week 1 starter, but Lawler and fellow rookie fifth- and sixth-rounders Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Trevon Young are in the mix.
Source: therams.com
May 30 - 11:08 AM

Rams DL Morgan Fox tore his ACL at Thursday’s OTA and is done for the season.

Fox appeared in all 16 games last season as a deep rotational reserve, registering 2.5 sacks and focusing mainly on special teams. He’s a third-year pro.
May 25 - 11:57 AM

Rams sixth-round RB John Kelly has pleaded guilty and received judicial diversion in his misdemeanor marijuana case.

Kelly must pay a fine in addition to court costs. As long as he fulfills the terms of his diversion, the matter will be expunged from his record. The Rams knew about the case before making Kelly the No. 176 overall pick.
May 22 - 3:38 PM

Rams second-year WR Josh Reynolds underwent offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.

He suffered the injury on special teams in the fourth quarter of the Wild Card loss to the Falcons in January. It's fair to wonder if Reynolds will even be ready for the start of training camp. The sophomore was talked about as a potential fantasy sleeper after the Rams failed to re-sign Sammy Watkins, but L.A. later traded for Brandin Cooks. Reynolds will again be the No. 4 wideout.
May 21 - 8:23 PM

Rams fifth-round OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo recently underwent foot surgery and will be sidelined until training camp.

Okoronkwo tumbled to the fifth round where the Rams traded up with the Broncos to take him at No. 160 overall. At 6'2/253, Okoronkwo won Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 12 last season and is a plus athlete at his position. He enters an EDGE spot in L.A. where the Rams are in an overhaul, replacing 2017 starters Robert Quinn and Connor Barwin. Okoronkwo missing important practice time this summer lessens his chances of making an early impact.
May 21 - 7:02 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Aaron Donald will not participate in OTAs.

It is not a surprise considering he held out through training camp last year in search of a new deal, one which he has yet to be awarded despite earning Defensive Player of the Year honors last season. Donald is scheduled to make $6.892 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
May 21 - 9:40 AM

Rams signed Indiana ILB Tegray Scales.

Scales (6’0/230) was an undersized playmaking middle linebacker at IU, finishing third in school history in career tackles for loss (46) along with 18 sacks and 8 interceptions as a 26-game starter. As a senior, Scales earned Indiana’s first first-team All-Big Ten selection since 1988. An ubiquitous presence in all of his games, Scales showed sideline-to-sideline athleticism in addition to cover skills and competent run-thumping punch. Scales’ lone shortcoming is his size.
Apr 29 - 9:56 AM

Rams selected SMU LB Justin Lawler with the No. 244 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Lawler (6’4/264) was a three-year starter and four-year contributor on the Mustangs’ defensive line, tallying 39.5 career tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks. He blocked six kicks on special teams, including three as a senior. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Lawler showed why with a 5.02 forty and 27-inch vertical at SMU’s Pro Day. Ultimately, Lawler was a good college pass rusher whose skill set is unlikely to translate smoothly to the far-more-athletic pros.
Apr 28 - 6:27 PM


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