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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

Michael Sam survived first cuts at Rams camp.

Through three preseason games, Rams coaches have credited Sam with five tackles, three sacks, two QB pressures and one QB hit on 80 snaps. He's gotten a slightly positive grade from PFF and has also done some work as a blocker on special teams. Sam, a seventh-round rookie, is the first openly gay active player in NFL history. SI's Peter King suggested Tuesday that the Rams could try to sneak him onto the practice squad, although doing so would expose him to all other 31 teams via waivers.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 7:56 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

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 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

Lance Kendricks was held without a catch in Saturday's preseason game.

He was targeted twice. Kendricks has four grabs for 35 yards through three exhibition contests. He's well off the fantasy radar as the Rams' No. 2 tight end.
Aug 24 - 1:23 AM

Stedman Bailey caught one pass for nine yards in Saturday's preseason game.

Bailey's lone target came early in the second quarter. The Rams pulled nearly all their important offensive players by halftime. Suspended for the first four weeks of the season, Bailey now has four catches for 61 yards through three preseason games. He should slide in as a situational chain mover after the Rams' Week 5 bye.
Aug 24 - 1:18 AM

Austin Pettis wasn't targeted in Saturday's preseason game against the Browns.

Pettis now has only one catch through three preseason games. He might not survive final cuts.
Aug 24 - 1:14 AM

Chris Givens caught 2-of-3 targets for 94 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game.

The grabs were his first of the preseason. Givens shed a tackle on a simple crossing route and was off to the races for a 75-yard touchdown. Givens is no higher than No. 4 on the depth chart, but should continue to serve as a deep-ball specialist for the Rams this season.
Aug 24 - 1:07 AM


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