Player News - Rams

Date: Team: Pos:

ESPN's Alden Gonzalez left WR Mike Thomas off his 53-man roster projection for the Rams.

Gonzalez said he originally had Thomas making the team but after being hit with a four-game PED suspension, Gonzalez now sees him on the outside looking in. Thomas played sparingly last year (102 offensive snaps) and now faces competition from rookie wideouts Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds. Gonzalez expects seven receivers to crack the Rams' roster including Kupp, Reynolds, Tavon Austin, Robert Woods, Pharoh Cooper, Bradley Marquez and Nelson Spruce.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 3:22 PM

Rams signed QB Dan Orlovsky to a one-year contract.

Orlovsky, who spent the past few seasons in Detroit as Matthew Stafford's backup, immediately slides in as the No. 3 for a team that had just Jared Goff and Sean Mannion at quarterback. Many teams no longer carry three signal callers, but Orlovsky could earn a 53-man roster spot behind Los Angeles' young question marks.
Jul 20 - 4:52 PM

Rams TE Tyler Higbee pled guilty to second-degree assualt for his 2016 Kentucky incident.

The news comes on the same day Rams WR Mike Thomas was suspended. Higbee will be in a diversion program for five years and must perform 250 hours of community service as part of his plea deal. He'll be subject to league discipline now that his legal situation is resolved.
Jul 14 - 6:50 PM

NFL suspended Rams WR Mike Thomas four games for violating the league's policy on PEDs.

Not to be confused with New Orleans wideout and consensus second-round fantasy pick Michael Thomas. The 22-year-old Rams receiver reeled in just 3-of-9 targets for 37 yards over 102 offensive snaps in 2016. Thomas will be eligible to return against Seattle in Week 5. The suspension may hurt Thomas' chances of making the Rams' 53-man roster after Los Angeles drafted Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds in the third and fourth rounds.
Jul 14 - 4:12 PM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson confirms the Rams are not expected to reach a long-term agreement with franchise-tagged CB Trumaine Johnson by next week's deadline.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and CBS' Jason La Canfora both reported the same thing last month. Johnson would surely prefer a long-term deal, but it's hard for him to complain, as he'll head into free agency having made $31 million off franchise tags in 2016-17. Johnson turns 28 on New Year's Day.
Jul 11 - 2:25 PM

Todd Gurley said he's been "loving" the team's new offense under first-year head coach Sean McVay.

After a year of slamming into brick walls with Jeff Fisher at the control panel, Gurley feels a new sense of purpose in McVay's scheme, which puts a heavy emphasis on "situational" preparation. McVay kept Gurley busy during OTAs, moving him all over the formation. Gurley has also been impressed by Jared Goff's development, noting his "great" play during OTAs and minicamp. The Rams still have a long way to go to return to relevancy, but they'll get there much faster if McVay can get the most out of Goff and Gurley.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 9 - 9:40 AM

Rams DT Aaron Donald said "we'll see what happens" when asked about a training camp holdout.

"I’m just working, just grinding and we’ll see what happens," was Donald's exact quote. Donald skipped OTAs, but avoided fines by reporting to mandatory minicamp. He would be subject to daily fines for holding out of training camp. Headed into his age-26 campaign, Donald is under team control for two more seasons.
Jun 29 - 3:53 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Rams will not reach a long-term agreement with franchise-tagged CB Trumaine Johnson before the July 17 deadline.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported the same a week ago, and it does not look like anything has changed. Unable to sign Johnson to a long-term deal after tagging him last year, it would have been difficult for the Rams to handle this situation any worse, and it now looks like Johnson will head to free agency next spring having earned $31 million over two seasons.
Jun 27 - 10:23 AM

Rams OLB Connor Barwin said it "feels good" to be back in Wade Phillips' scheme.

Barwin was not at his best as a 4-3 defensive end in Philadelphia, so he is happy to be back in a 3-4 under Phillips, under whom Barwin played in Houston. "This is really where I want to be playing, the system I want to be in and where I’m going to have the most success," Barwin said. Going on 31, the pass rusher may not return to the double-digit sack tier, but he should be a solid option opposite Robert Quinn.
Jun 27 - 9:15 AM

Rams LG Rodger Saffold said the offensive line and Todd Gurley were more on the same page at OTAs and minicamp.

RT Jamon Brown said after the season that Gurley and the line "have to get back on the same page." ESPN's K.C. Joyner's tape review saw Gurley leave way too many yards on the field, even when he did get good blocking up front. Saffold suggested Gurley was diagnosing the play at different speeds than the offensive line, sometimes being too quick into his runs. Under new coach Sean McVay, they're trying to fix those problems.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 12:25 PM

Rams signed fourth-round WR Josh Reynolds, fourth-round OLB Samson Ebukam, sixth-round DT Tanzel Smart, sixth-round FB Sam Rogers, and seventh-round LB Ejuan Price to four-year contracts.

That wraps up their draft class. Reynolds is a big-upside prospect who averaged 17.0 YPR at TAMU and shined at the Combine in the vertical and broad jumps. Ebukam was handpicked by DC Wade Phillips after showing big-time athleticism.
Jun 20 - 8:52 PM

Jared Goff struggled mightily even when he wasn't facing pressure last season.

Using Football Outsiders' DVOA efficiency metric, Goff's 2016 numbers when not facing pressure were the worst by any quarterback since 2010. Goff was pressured on an absurd 40.4 percent of his throws — teams rushed him with impunity — but he was awful even when the blitz wasn't in his face. That bodes poorly for his future. Goff has legitimate tools — there's a reason he went No. 1 overall — and a promising coach in Sean McVay, but a turnaround would be one of the more surprising stories of 2017.
Jun 20 - 6:28 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora believes there is no chance the Rams and franchise-tagged CB Trumaine Johnson work out a long-term deal before the July 17 deadline.

La Canfora reports the two sides have had one conversation about a long-term deal and were so far apart there was no need for a follow-up call. The Rams have truly mangled this situation, and it now looks like Johnson will head to free agency next spring having pocketed $31 million over two years.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 20 - 8:52 AM

Jared Goff said he learned the Rams' new offense "much quicker" than last year.

New coach Sean McVay said the team was able to install about 95 percent of the offense during the offseason program, and Goff said he "understood all of it and grasped all of it so far." It is at least the second time Goff has talked about the ease of this year's transition over what he faced under the previous coaching staff. Written off after a dreadful rookie season, it will not be surprising in the least if Goff bounces back playing in a real offense.
Source: ESPN
Jun 19 - 9:14 AM

Rams GM Les Snead said there’s "nothing new" on DT Aaron Donald’s extension.

Donald held out of OTAs, but reported to mandatory minicamp. Despite a lack of progress, his contract is "still a priority" for the Rams. Donald is expected to land $19 million-plus annually.
Source: ESPN
Jun 16 - 6:10 PM


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