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Player News - Rams

Date: Team: Pos:
Tre Mason - RB - Rams

Rams coach Jeff Fisher labeled rookie Tre Mason as a "change-of-pace back" following May's draft.

Mason could earn complementary carries off the bench this season, but rumors of him threatening bellcow Zac Stacy's starting job are unfounded. "Tre is a change-of-pace back," said Fisher. "Good zone runner, obviously the numbers speak for themselves. He was a guy we just couldn't pass up at that point." Pre-draft reports claimed Mason would need wrist surgery, but the Rams disagreed. "He may have to do something after the season but it was not a concern of ours, nor was it a concern of the doctors," Fisher said of the wrist.
Jul 23 - 12:11 PM

Tavon Austin acknowledged he struggled to learn the Rams' playbook as a rookie.

It's worth noting Austin scored a 7 on his 2013 Wonderlic test. "I didn't really know what was going on," he said. "Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me." Entering his second season, Austin now claims to have OC Brian Schottenheimer's system down pat. He's expected to be a sub-package weapon, playing limited snaps. Austin is a long shot for steady WR3 value.
Jul 23 - 12:06 PM

Rams DE Michael Sam says he's lost 13 pounds since OTAs, and will report to training camp at 257.

Sam, who was listed at 261 at the Combine, said he's "faster and stronger." According to reporter Nick Wagoner, Sam has slimmed down so he can "help on special-teams coverage units." Although the off-the-field scuttlebutt rages on, Sam appears squarely focused on cracking the Rams' 53-man roster. Wagoner has projected that Sam will make the cut.
Jul 22 - 7:20 PM

The Los Angeles Times reports Rams owner Stan Kroenke has "looked into" buying more property around his 60-acre lot in Inglewood, Cal.

According to reporter Sam Farmer, that would give Kroenke "all the land he'd need for a stadium, parking and ancillary development." Kroenke bought the original 60 acres — which would be enough for a stadium, but not everything else — in late 2013. The league has made it clear it's tired of leaving the L.A. market dormant. Despite his Missouri roots, Kroenke might be the best bet to bring football back to the nation's second biggest city.
Jul 22 - 5:39 PM

CBS 4 in Miami reports Rams SLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar was arrested outside of a South Beach club early Sunday on battery and disorderly conduct charges.

Dunbar was allegedly hanging with ex-Sacramento Kings guard Donte Green when a "physical altercation" broke out. No further details are available. Dunbar was suspended four games in 2013 for violating the NFL's PED policy, but has otherwise not had run-ins with the law as a pro. The Rams re-signed Dunbar to a two-year, $3.5 million deal in March. He's their starting Sam 'backer.
Source: CBS 4 Miami
Jul 20 - 1:46 PM
Tre Mason - RB - Rams

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner guesses third-round pick Tre Mason could garner 8-10 carries per game as a rookie.

Wagoner seems comfortable with his projection, noting "that means something like 140-160 carries" over the course of the year. Losing that many attempts would be a huge drain on Zac Stacy's fantasy value, as he is very much a volume-dependent commodity, having averaged under 3.9 YPC last season. In a chat with Rams fans, Wagoner later wrote he'd be "surprised" if Mason stole Stacy's starting job, but expects the rookie to "earn his way to plenty of carries as the season wears on." It's certainly a situation to monitor in training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 2:53 PM

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner projects seventh-round DE Michael Sam to make the 53-man roster.

The Rams have kept a ninth defensive lineman in each of coach Jeff Fisher's first two seasons, and that's the spot Sam is competing for with DT Matt Conrath, DE Sammy Brown, and UDFA Ethan Westbrooks. The Rams gave Westbrooks a generous signing bonus, while Brown has made strides since being scooped up as a 2012 UDFA. Whoever wins the job will have to show well on special teams. Brown may actually be the best player of the group.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 12:00 PM

The Rams are "counting on" CB Janoris Jenkins to emerge as their No. 1 corner.

Jenkins was easily the Rams' top corner in 2013, but with Cortland Finnegan now out of town, they're relying even more heavily on the gifted third-year player. Jenkins was an immediate difference maker as a rookie, but fell off some last season. He allowed seven touchdowns and a passer rating of 115.3. The Rams need Jenkins and fellow CB Trumaine Johnson to elevate their play in 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 15 - 11:47 AM

GM Jim Popp of the Montreal Alouettes says Rams DE Michael Sam would be a "great fit" in the CFL if he doesn't stick in the NFL.

The Alouettes own Sam's rights in case he ever wants to go north of the border. "He has the skill set to rush the passer and he is not your prototypically sized guy rushing the passer in the NFL," Popp said. Sam, hoping to become the first openly-gay NFL player, will battle for a backup spot on a deep Rams line.
Source: SI.com
Jun 30 - 9:57 AM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch expects second-year LB Alec Ogletree to "thrive" in DC Gregg Williams' scheme this season.

Ogletree was credited with 117 tackles and six forced fumbles last year, but had just 1.5 sacks. The Rams will have a more attacking-style defense under Williams, which should translate into more sack opportunities and TFLs. Ogletree showed big-play ability as a rookie and has breakout appeal in IDP leagues. He posted double-digit tackles in 10 games last season and will return in a three-down role next to James Laurinaitis.
Jun 27 - 5:37 PM

OC Brian Schottenheimer said he'll be moving Tavon Austin around to "a lot of different spots" this season.

"You'll see us hand him the ball, do some different things," Schotty said. "He's playing so much faster just because he knows what we're doing. He has the system down cold." Austin never found a real role as a rookie thanks to dropped passes and an inability to shake loose in small spaces. We wouldn't rule out the light flipping on in Year 2, but last year's tape was so horrifying that we're skeptical. Schottenheimer failed to scheme Austin successfully last year.
Jun 23 - 8:59 AM
Zac Stacy - RB - Rams

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas suggests OC Brian Schottenheimer's claim that Zac Stacy isn't locked in as the Rams' starter was "probably more coachspeak than anything else."

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner has expressed similar thoughts. Like most good teams throughout the NFL, the Rams are trying to create a sense of competition at every spot, even positions where players appear entrenched. Tre Mason's lack of experience in pass protection makes it especially hard to take Schottenheimer seriously. We have not adjusted Stacy's status as a borderline RB1 since the comments.
Jun 23 - 8:53 AM

Isaiah Pead is expected to dress every week for the Rams due to his play on special teams.

When Pead fell out of the backfield mix last year, he went to special teams John Fassel and asked to run down kicks. He excelled in that role over the final seven games, giving him a strong shot at this year's roster. The loser of the Rams' No. 2 tailback job -- between Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham -- may be a game-day scratch in 2014, behind Zac Stacy with Pead as the active No. 3.
Jun 23 - 8:44 AM

Rams seventh-round S Christian Bryant (ankle) is questionable for the start of training camp.

Bryant missed his entire senior with a broken ankle, and still isn't 100 percent healthy. He needs to heal up in a hurry if he's to have a real shot at cracking the 53-man roster. A buzz-worthy prospect before his injury, Bryant is likely ticketed for the practice squad.
Jun 19 - 3:20 PM
Zac Stacy - RB - Rams

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner considers OC Brian Schottenheimer's announcement of St. Louis' top running back spot as a competition to be "part of an effort to promote competition at all positions."

Wagoner calls Schotty's statement a "common refrain" and "solid ploy to ensure everybody brings their best to the practice field on a daily basis." Added Schottenheimer, "We’re just trying to create competition. Sam Bradford is going to compete. That’s what we’re trying to do and whoever wins the job, wins the job." Schottenheimer did add, "I expect to see multiple guys carry the football." Zac Stacy may not push for the NFL lead in rushing attempts, but he remains the favorite for feature back work in St. Louis.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 7:49 PM


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