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The Rams' official website believes there's a "possibility" Todd Gurley (knee) starts Week 1.

Gurley's outlook has improved considerably after he avoided the PUP list to begin camp, but writer Myles Simmons still believes it's "more probable" Tre Mason starts Week 1 than Gurley. Simmons points toward coach Jeff Fisher's usual conservatism with rookies as evidence. Regardless of who starts Week 1, it's looking more and more likely that Gurley has a big role by the end of September. His health is farther along than was previously expected.
Jul 28 - 7:17 PM
Tre Mason - RB - Rams

The Rams' official website expects Tre Mason to "still play a significant role" in 2015, and believes it's "more probable" Mason starts Week 1 than Todd Gurley.

Writer Myles Simmons believes Gurley will be brought along slowly, and reminds that coach Jeff Fisher "almost always likes to be conservative with rookies." This is true, but the fact that Gurley is avoiding the PUP list to begin camp — and therefore the season — suggests an early-season return, and a big role along with it. Even if he makes a few early-season starts, Mason is best regarded as an RB3/handcuff.
Jul 28 - 7:12 PM

Updating an earlier item, Rams RB Todd Gurley (ACL) will begin training camp on the active roster.

It means Gurley is ineligible for the reserve/NFI list, which would have cost him the first six games of the season. It's a major surprise after the Rams insisted all offseason they would take things slow with the No. 10 overall pick. It still doesn't guarantee Gurley will be ready for Week 1, but he's trending in that direction. Gurley's Week 1 status will be confirmed if he suits up for preseason action. Expect Gurley's ADP of RB20 to climb.
Jul 28 - 2:17 PM

Speaking in a Tuesday radio interview, Rams GM Les Snead said RB Todd Gurley (ACL) has passed his conditioning test, and should progress to football activities "soon."

This doesn't change the fact that Gurley will open camp on the active/NFI list, but he's progressing as the Rams hoped. Gurley is expected to begin participating in individual drills sooner rather than later. ESPN's Nick Wagoner believes Gurley will avoid the reserve/NFI list, which would cost him the first six games of the season.
Jul 28 - 1:48 PM

Rams signed supplemental draft pick OT Isaiah Battle to a four-year contract.

Battle was the only player chosen in the Supplemental Draft earlier this month. By selecting him in the fifth round, the Rams forfeited their 2016 fifth-round pick. Battle's rookie year is expected to be more of a learning process. The Rams would be in big-time trouble if Battle were needed for meaningful snaps. Long-term, most have Battle topping out as a swing-tackle type.
Jul 27 - 8:04 PM

The Rams have opened extension talks with contract-year CB Janoris Jenkins.

Jenkins, who turns 27 in October, is owed just over $1 million in salary and bonuses this season, the final year on his rookie deal. Jenkins looked like a future shutdown corner at Florida early in his college career, but has been an up-and-down disappointment with the Rams. Jenkins graded out 50th among 110 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' cornerback ratings.
Jul 27 - 5:03 PM

Rams third-round QB Sean Mannion is not considered a candidate for the backup job.

The Rams will let Austin Davis and Case Keenum fight for the right to hold Nick Foles' clipboard. Mannion will take his time developing as the No. 3 man.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 11:23 AM

ESPN's Nick Wagoner expects Todd Gurley (ACL) to be back before the Rams' Week 6 bye.

Wagoner calls predictions of the Rams holding Gurley until Week 7 "too far flung." The No. 10 overall pick is going to open camp with some individual drills and gradually progress toward full-team work. Gurley still has a chance to suit up Week 1, which will be roughly 10 months after his ACL tear at Georgia.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 11:20 AM

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner projects Rams RB/KR Isaiah Pead as a cut.

It remains stunning that Pead has yet to be released. Pead has been a comprehensive bust since the Rams selected him with the No. 50 overall pick of the 2012 draft. He's unlikely to survive until final cuts in training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 4:41 PM

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner doesn't expect QB Austin Davis to make the 53-man roster.

With Nick Foles and third-rounder Sean Mannion locked into their roster spots, Davis is left to battle Case Keenum. Davis briefly shined as a spot starter last season, but eventually made like Icarus, flying too close to the sun. Neither Davis nor Keenum would be an appealing No. 2 behind Foles.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 4:26 PM

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner expects third-round OG Jamon Brown to earn starting right-guard duties.

Per Wagoner, the Rams see Brown's future as a "dominant run blocker at guard." NFL.com's Gil Brandt reported earlier this month that St. Louis believes Brown, who played tackle in college, could be a Pro Bowler. Brown is an upside prospect, but he can't be counted on to immediately thrive for an offensive line the Rams pieced together on the fly this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 3:31 PM

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner projects Tim Barnes as the team's starting center.

That would be a problem, but it's not like the Rams are overflowing with options at the pivot. A fifth-year undrafted free agent, Barnes has made only four career starts. He played all of nine snaps on offense last season. He's battling 2013 fourth-rounder Barrett Jones and 2014 seventh-rounder Demetrius Rhaney. For as run focused as coach Jeff Fisher wants to become, he's overseeing an embarrassingly-thin offensive line.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 3:29 PM

Rams RB Todd Gurley (ACL) will likely open training camp on the NFI list, as expected.

This is not a red flag on Gurley's status. The NFI list works just like the Preseason PUP list, meaning he can be taken off and start practicing at any time. Obviously, the sooner Gurley is off the list and practicing, the better for his Week 1 outlook. He tore his left ACL on November 15, 2014 -- roughly eight months ago.
Jul 21 - 11:12 AM

ESPN Rams reports Nick Wagoner believes the team would prefer to do a long-term deal with RCB Janoris Jenkins over LCB Trumaine Johnson.

Both Jenkins and Johnson are entering their contract seasons, and the Rams are likely to only sign one of the two to a long-term deal. Jenkins has been more durable during his first three seasons and probably has the most upside. Johnson has played better than Jenkins at times, but has battled injuries and inconsistency. Neither will break the bank unless they make a 2015 leap. Jenkins appears locked into a starting job, while Johnson is competing with E.J. Gaines.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 10:12 AM

According to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, the Rams see third-round OG Jamon Brown as having "Pro Bowl potential."

Brown played tackle at Louisville, but the Rams are using him at guard, where they're "really excited" about Brown's upside. The 72nd pick in May's draft, Brown is a terrific athlete at 6-foot-4, 323 and has 34 3/8-inch arms. He has a legit chance to open the season as St. Louis' starting right guard.
Jul 13 - 3:59 PM


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