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Rams claimed QB Case Keenum off waivers from the Texans.

Waived by Houston, which decided to go with Ryan Mallett and rookie Tom Savage behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, 26-year-old Keenum is a natural fit behind Shaun Hill in St. Louis with a similar skill set. Keenum is sneaky athletic and willing to throw into tight windows, though he was slow to learn the Texans' offense last year. If 34-year-old Hill's performance goes south, we wouldn't be at all surprised to see Keenum make starts in the Gateway City. Keenum finished 2013 with a 9:6 TD-to-INT ratio across eight starts, though he completed only 54.2 percent of his throws and fumbled six times, losing two. We'd still expect Keenum to pass Austin Davis on the depth chart within a month or so.
Sep 1 - 4:17 PM

Texans waived QB Case Keenum.

The move clears a roster spot for Ryan Mallett. A third-year undrafted free agent out of Houston, Keenum actually sparked the Texans' offense after first taking over for Matt Schaub last season, but came unraveled due to his inability to identify the blitz. He was effective off play action, however, and showed surprising athleticism. He should have multiple years left in the league as a backup.
Aug 31 - 2:07 PM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that "if Benny Cunningham isn't challenging Zac Stacy for the starting job, he's certainly pushing him for playing time."

Beat man Jim Thomas says Cunningham has been the best Rams running back this preseason, echoing similar statements from ESPN's Nick Wagoner. This comes on the heels of Stacy playing off the bench behind Cunningham in the third preseason game. While we fully expect Stacy to hold the starting job and be the main back, he can't afford to lose too much volume. He averaged just 3.89 yards per carry and 5.42 yards per reception last year. Cunningham is worth a late-round flier until the uncertainty here shakes out.
Aug 28 - 11:36 AM

The Texans are expected to carry three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.

Case Keenum appears to be ahead of Tom Savage for backup duties, as Keenum was the No. 2 in the third preseason game and will start Thursday night. They'll both be Texans this year in support of shaky veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Aug 27 - 9:53 AM

Rams placed QB Sam Bradford on injured reserve with a torn left ACL, ending his season.

As NFL.com's Albert Breer points out, it means Bradford will have missed 41 of a possible 93 games since his Heisman Trophy-winning season at Oklahoma. In five NFL seasons, he's appeared in more than 10 games just twice. Bradford is due $12.985 million next season, but is highly unlikely to be back in St. Louis at that number. Still only 27 (in November), Bradford has time to turn his career around, but it's looking like a major missed opportunity.
Aug 26 - 4:05 PM

Saints waived or released LB Kevin Reddick, CB Rod Sweeting, QB Logan Kilgore, OG Manese Foketi, DE George Uko, and DL Rufus Johnson.

Reddick made the team as an UDFA out of UNC last season and was a special teams stalwart. He didn't progress this summer and was burned on defense. Reddick should get another look. Johnson was a sixth-round pick last year.
Aug 26 - 2:50 PM

Rams RG Rodger Saffold (ankle) is day to day.

It sounds like Saffold avoided a high-ankle sprain in Saturday's preseason game. He should be good to go for Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 25 - 5:33 PM
Zac Stacy - RB - Rams

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner has Zac Stacy penned in atop St. Louis' tailback depth chart.

Wagoner lists Stacy first, Benny Cunningham second, Tre Mason third, and special teamer Chase Reynolds fourth. The Rams' online depth chart also lists Stacy first. St. Louis made two lineup changes to start its third preseason game -- giving Cunningham and reserve RG Davin Joseph run with the ones -- but coach Jeff Fisher cautioned afterwards that there was "not much to them." We still expect Stacy to be the centerpiece of the Rams' 2014 offense.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 25 - 3:51 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien indicated Sunday that Case Keenum is in danger of losing the Texans' backup quarterback job to rookie Tom Savage.

Fourth-round pick Savage led a 74-yard touchdown drive to win Houston's third preseason game against Denver. "I would say it’s pretty close," O'Brien said. "I think it’s pretty close. We’re discussing that right now." Keenum is 20-of-35 passing for 184 yards, no touchdowns and one interception with two sacks taken this preseason. Ryan Fitzpatrick is clearly locked in as the starter.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 7:49 PM

Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Sunday the Rams will move forward with Shaun Hill as their starting quarterback.

It's hard to tell what Hill has left because he's 34 and hasn't made a regular season start since 2010, but his career stats are actually better than Sam Bradford's across the board. "Shaun is our guy," said Fisher. "We have around our QB position as much talent as we’ve had since we’ve been here." Expect St. Louis to implement a team formula similar to last year's with Kellen Clemens at the helm. Zac Stacy averaged 22.2 carries a game over the final nine weeks.
Aug 24 - 6:42 PM

With Sam Bradford (knee) lost for the season, Shaun Hill is the Rams' new starting quarterback.

Hill, 34, has made 26 career starts, though zero since 2010. He owns a lifetime 61.9 completion percentage, 6.7 YPA and 41:23 TD:INT ratio. His teams have gone 13-13 in his starts, earning him a reputation as one of the league's best backups. Be that as it may, Hill's age and lack of recent starts are reason to believe there will be a considerable amount of rust to knock off. The Rams should run the ball more than they did in 2013, when they were 17th in attempts. Hill is a bottom-barrel QB2 who can't yet be considered a viable streamer. He's backed up by third-year UDFA Austin Davis.
Aug 24 - 3:53 PM

Sam Bradford is done for the season after re-tearing his left ACL in Saturday night's preseason game against the Browns.

Bradford's to-date career performance suggests this isn't quite the crippling blow to St. Louis' offense it may be perceived as, but it certainly hurts. Bradford will enter 2015 having missed 31 of 80 possible games in his career, and coming off back-to-back left ACL tears with a roughly $13 million base salary. The Rams will turn to longtime NFL backup Shaun Hill, whose 6.7 career YPA and 61.9 completion rate are both superior to Bradford's marks, but who hasn't made a start since 2010. Keep in mind Bradford is still only 26 years old; he turns 27 in November. If the Rams are forced to cut him next offseason -- they currently have the least salary cap space in football -- he'd be a worthwhile flier for a quarterback-needy team. This year, the Rams are going to pound the ball with Zac Stacy and to a lesser extent Benny Cunningham.
Aug 24 - 3:41 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Rams have "real concern" Sam Bradford re-tore his left ACL in Saturday's preseason game.

Initial tests suggested the ligament was intact, but there is now "real concern that it is not," Schefter reports. Schefter and colleague Chris Mortensen are tight with Jeff Fisher, so we'd take anything they say about the Rams quite seriously. If Bradford is indeed lost for the year, the Rams would turn to Shaun Hill as their starting quarterback and continue to ride the run game.
Aug 24 - 2:15 PM

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner says Brian Quick has "put together the best training camp of his young career."

Wagoner has been on the Rams' beat for each of Quick's first three years. He believes the Rams "have to be encouraged by his consistency in camp and preseason." A third-year wide receiver breakout candidate, Quick just turned 25. He caught 4-of-6 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in Saturday night's third preseason game, and is very much worth a flier late in fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 1:38 PM

Rams CB Trumaine Johnson has a sprained MCL and is expected to miss six weeks.

It's actually good news after Johnson was carted off in noticeable pain Saturday night. It had the looks of a possible season-ending injury. Johnson will certainly miss the opener, and may not be available before Week 2 or 3. The Rams may choose to hold him out through the Week 4 bye. Second-year CB Brandon McGee will likely fill in opposite Janoris Jenkins for the first few weeks of the season. The Johnson injury is a reminder to avoid overdrafting the Rams' fantasy defense, which boasts a talented front four but is leaky in the back seven.
Aug 24 - 12:57 PM


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