Player News - Rams

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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

Rams GM Les Snead remains "noncommittal" about extending franchise player CB Trumaine Johnson.

Snead wanted to see how Johnson fit in new DC Wade Phillips' man-coverage scheme before opening contract talks. Now Johnson has a month of practices under his belt, but the Rams are no closer to signing him long term. "We're going to continue to sit and discuss -- because his situation is based on all the people we have, whether it's Aaron [Donald], [Alec] Ogletree, Tru -- and navigate those waters," said Snead. Johnson is reportedly seeking at least as much as Desmond Trufant, who landed a five-year, $69 million extension in Atlanta.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 2:36 PM

Rams third-year G/T Jamon Brown took all of the first-team reps at right tackle at minicamp.

His performance led directly to the Rams trading former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson to the Lions on Thursday. Brown has played strictly guard in the pros, but he made 40 college starts at Louisville at left and right tackle and has adequate size at 6'4/323 and the necessary arm length and measurable athleticism to make the switch. Brown was dubbed a mauler coming out.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 9:43 AM

Rams coach Sean McVay said he projects Tavon Austin "to be a big part of our offense."

Austin is still recovering from wrist surgery, but he is expected to be ready for training camp. McVay said he will not be able to truly gauge how they will use Austin until he sees him on the field, but the Rams reportedly want to use him as more of a deep threat, which has not been an area of expertise for Austin to this point in his career. McVay has a much better chance to get something out of Austin than the previous regime, but we are still not projecting a breakout.
Source: ESPN
Jun 15 - 10:21 AM

Rams OC Matt LaFleur said his goal is to "marry" the running and passing games this season.

The best way to accomplish this would be to feed Todd Gurley targets and keep him on the field in passing situations, like the Cardinals do with David Johnson, the Steelers with Le'Veon Bell, and the Chargers with Melvin Gordon. "We want to have a strong marriage with our running game and our passing game so that a defense can't just tee off on a guy," said LaFleur. "The idea is to have a balanced attack and keep a defense guessing." Defenses can "tee off" on Gurley when he's used primarily on early downs, which telegraphs to opponents that run plays are coming. Gurley was an outstanding receiver at Georgia and has dropped just 3-of-84 career targets in the pros.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 8:59 PM

Jared Goff said he's up to 220 pounds heading into his second season.

He was listed at 215 as a rookie. But Goff wanted to add some muscle to help him stay upright in the pocket under pressure. Goff was sacked 26 times in seven rookie-year starts. That's a number that's going to have to come down dramatically if the Rams want to have any success on offense. Getting Greg Robinson away from left tackle and signing Andrew Whitworth was a start.
Jun 14 - 9:44 AM

Rams OLB Robert Quinn is recovering from "minor" hand surgery, and expected to be ready for training camp.

Quinn was spotted with his right hand in a cast on Tuesday. It's not a concern in and of itself, but Quinn's health has become an annual question mark. Quinn is still only 27, but has fallen a long way from the pass-rushing force he was the first four years of his career. He has nine sacks across 17 games the past two seasons. Getting Quinn on track should be one of Wade Phillips' priorities.
Jun 13 - 5:36 PM

Rams DT Aaron Donald has reported for mandatory minicamp.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday it was "no sure thing" Donald would show up. 24 hours later, he showed up. Donald skipped OTAs. With his fifth-year team option exercised, Donald is under Rams control for the next two years, but it's extension time for one of the league's best players.
Jun 13 - 4:16 PM

ESPN Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez expects third-round WR Cooper Kupp to be Jared Goff's "security blanket."

Robert Woods and Tavon Austin should open the season as the Rams' top two receivers, but Kupp is expected to man the slot in three-receiver sets. Kupp has drawn consistent praise in padless practices. "He came in here not like most rookies do," were the words of OC Matt LaFleur. "He’s an extremely polished route runner, got great hands. You can tell he works at his craft each and every day. He does a great job." That's great, but Kupp is still a slot man with 4.62 speed playing with Jared Goff. He would do well to carve out WR4 value.
Jun 12 - 2:20 PM

ESPN Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez still expects second-year TE Tyler Higbee to be counted on "heavily" following the selection of Gerald Everett in the second round.

Higbee was a hyped fourth-rounder last year — he likely would have gone higher if not for an off-field incident — but drew only 28 rookie targets. Higbee maintains pass-catching upside, but the fact that Everett was handpicked by new coach Sean McVay on Day 2 of the draft bodes poorly. Neither player is likely to make 2017 fantasy noise with Jared Goff, but Everett is probably the slightly better bet.
Jun 12 - 2:13 PM


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