Player News - Rams

Date: Team: Pos:

Rams first-round pick Todd Gurley is not participating in blitz-pickup drills at training camp.

Gurley is participating in some team work, but pass-protection drills involve a lot of contact and Gurley is still only nine months removed from ACL surgery. Not even being able to practice blitz pickups is a concern for Gurley's usage, on top of the limitations the Rams have already installed for him. Gurley will be a rotational player only until he shows he can protect Nick Foles.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 10:00 PM

Second-year CB Lamarcus Joyner is locked in as the Rams' slot corner.

The Rams traded up to take Joyner with the 41st pick in last year's draft, but he played just 290 snaps as a rookie and battled a groin injury. "He's lightyears ahead of where he was last year," said coach Jeff Fisher. "We're counting on him to be effective in the slot." At 5'8/184, Joyner's one of the NFL's tiniest corners.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 12:32 PM

Rams hired 2015 sixth-round WR Bud Sasser as their External Football Affairs Coordinator.

Sasser was the 201st pick in May's draft out of Mizzou. Once he reported to the team, it was revealed he had a heart condition that wouldn't allow him to play football. The Rams did good by him and hired him, giving him his own office and desk. Sasser will work with Rams alumni and in community affairs.
Aug 25 - 8:15 PM

Todd Gurley (knee) took part in team drills on Tuesday.

Per ESPN's Nick Wagoner, Gurley "worked on occasion with the first unit." Gurley is appearing more and more likely to be ready for Week 1, but he'll be on a snap count if he's indeed ready for the opener. Gurley will not suit up for the Rams' final two preseason games.
Aug 25 - 7:56 PM

Brian Quick (shoulder) will play in Saturday's preseason game.

Quick just had his first full-contact practice on Tuesday, but the Rams want him to get some game action with Week 1 just 19 days away. Quick is at the tail end of a grueling rehab. Coming off an injury-shortened breakout season, Quick is a WR3 with legitimate WR2 upside.
Aug 25 - 7:54 PM

The Rams have cleared WR Brian Quick (shoulder) for contact.

It's been a long, but impressive, recovery for Quick, who suffered some serious structural damage in his shoulder midway through last season. By all accounts, the contract-year wideout has looked like his early-2014 self when he was on pace for a 64-973-8 receiving line before getting hurt. Once fully healthy, Quick and Kenny Britt should be the Rams' receivers in two-wide sets.
Aug 24 - 6:34 PM

The Rams announced Monday that first-round RB Todd Gurley (knee) has been cleared for team drills at practice.

Gurley will wear a yellow cap on his helmet during practice, signifying that he can't be contacted, but this is another positive step forward as Gurley makes his way back from a torn ACL. The Rams are slow-playing it with their bellcow of the future, and he still will not play in the preseason. ESPN's Nick Wagoner has said he expects the Rams to "ease" Gurley into action early in the season.
Aug 24 - 6:20 PM

According to ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner, Brian Quick has "clearly been the team's best and most consistent receiver" in training camp.

Wagoner says Quick "looks healthy" after last year's severe shoulder injury, and expects Quick to be the Rams' "most productive pass catcher in 2015." Quick looks like a potential steal in drafts at his current double-digit round ADP, offering WR2 upside and quite possibly a WR3 floor. The Rams have held Quick out of their first two preseason games, but only as a precaution.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 7:07 PM

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner expects rookie RB Todd Gurley (ACL) to be eased in early in the season.

"I expect Gurley to have a very limited role or potentially even sit the first game or two before he slowly starts working his way into the mix," Wagoner said. "He probably won't take on a full workload until a bit later in the season." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has already said the Rams expect Gurley to miss the first couple games of the season. Even if he does play, it is clear the Rams will take it slow with their first-round pick. There is a chance Gurley plays second fiddle to Tre Mason most of the season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 1:07 PM

Rams undrafted rookie WR Isiah Ferguson has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and meniscus.

He'll likely be waived-injured by the Rams and head to I.R. Ferguson has the looks at 6'5/218 and tore up Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Pro Day with a 4.57 forty, 40-inch vertical, and 10-foot-7 broad jump. He opened some eyes at camp.
Aug 21 - 11:19 AM

Trumaine Johnson is expected to start opposite RCB Janoris Jenkins following E.J. Gaines' season-ending foot injury.

A 2012 third-round pick, Johnson has started 17 games the past two seasons, turning in mostly mediocre performances. Things are much shakier for the Rams' defense in the back than they are up front. Gaines was St. Louis' top cornerback in 2014. There is no reason to believe Johnson is as good or better.
Aug 17 - 2:33 PM

Rams CB E.J. Gaines will miss the 2015 season after undergoing surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury in his foot.

Diagnoses of Gaines' injury seemed all over the board, with some suggesting he merely had plantar fasciitis, a condition some players can play through depending on their pain tolerance. Instead, Gaines was shown to have a Lisfranc fracture. It's a big blow to the Rams' secondary. Gaines was a steal as a sixth-round pick in last year's draft, bypassing Janoris Jankins as the Rams' most reliable corner. The Rams will lean on Trumaine Johnson and slot corner/free safety Lamarcus Joyner to help patch the void.
Aug 15 - 11:57 PM

The Rams held Brian Quick (shoulder) out of their preseason opener.

The team has played it ultra-conservatively with Quick, even after keeping him off the active/PUP list to open camp. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Quick is still expected to play in preseason games. It's conceivable the Rams would hold Quick out until their regular season dress rehearsal.
Aug 15 - 8:31 AM

Nick Foles completed 3-of-5 passes for 69 yards in the Rams' preseason opener.

Foles' biggest play of the night came on a screen pass to Tavon Austin, but he characteristically took a couple shots down the field as well. Foles was sacked on back to back plays on his second drive, though one of the plays was negated by penalties. Foles has traditionally struggled under pressure throughout his career, which could be an issue behind the Rams' unproven offensive line.
Aug 14 - 11:55 PM

Tavon Austin caught one pass for 35 yards in the Rams' preseason opener.

Austin made the highlight play of the first half, weaving his way through the Raiders' defense for a 35-yard gain on a screen pass. More importantly for his fantasy prospects, Austin opened the game as a starter in two-wide sets. That will likely change as Brian Quick (shoulder) gets up to full speed, however, and Austin's previous highlight plays have never amounted to consistent production. He will likely remain a low-usage gadget player this season.
Aug 14 - 11:32 PM


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