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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
Zac Stacy - RB - Rams

Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer stated Wednesday that Zac Stacy is "not guaranteed" St. Louis' starting running back job.

Schotty said rookie Tre Mason "and others" are in the hunt. In late March, coach Jeff Fisher said he envisioned Stacy as "probably a 70-percent of the carries" back "over time," perhaps with "others" like Mason and Benny Cunningham mixing in. Fisher made that comment before drafting Mason with a top-75 pick, though. We still expect Stacy to handle the vast majority of carries for the run-heavy 2014 Rams. Mason could be a useful year-one change-of-pace back.
Jun 18 - 2:27 PM

Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer called third-year WR Brian Quick the "most improved player I've seen" at OTAs.

"He’s competing for playing time," Schottenheimer said. "He’s made the most of his opportunities." Quick is becoming a bit of a summer superstar in shorts and t-shirts. It didn't translate to the field last season, and we're not taking the bait this year until he proves it in September. With Kenny Britt, a similar player to Quick, now in the fold, Quick's snaps may be even harder to come by in 2014. Quick has mostly been a red-zone-only option since being the No. 33 overall pick in 2012.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 2:11 PM

Rams special teamer Chase Reynolds is recovering from sports-hernia surgery.

Technically a running back, Reynolds is a special teamer by trade. He was a core one for the Rams in 2013, appearing in all 16 games. Reynolds has an inside track to the 53-man roster, but can't afford to miss much of training camp.
Jun 17 - 4:12 PM

Rams rookie S Maurice Alexander is recovering from a knee scope.

He's sitting out OTAs. The 110th overall pick in May's draft, Alexander will try to earn a roster spot by standing out on special teams this August.
Jun 13 - 1:44 PM

Rams signed No. 250 overall pick C Demetrius Rhaney to a four-year contract.

Rhaney can play any position along the interior of the offensive line. He is also athletic, running a 4.9-forty and vertical jumping 29 inches at his Pro Day. Rhaney lacks starting upside, but he could carve out a niche as a reserve interior lineman in the NFL.
Jun 12 - 6:24 PM

Rams signed No. 241 overall pick DB Christian Bryant to a four-year contract.

Bryant was a hot prospect before missing almost his entire senior year at Ohio State with a fractured ankle. At only 5-foot-9, 198, Bryant projects best as a nickel back and special teams contributor in the NFL.
Jun 12 - 6:15 PM

Rams signed No. 226 overall pick OT Mitchell Van Dyk to a four-year contract.

Van Dyk was a three-year starter at Portland State, earning All-Big Sky honors his senior year. He is a plus athlete for his 6-foot-7, 313-pound frame, but will need to build his functional strength before he can make an impact in the league. Van Dyk will likely land on the Rams' practice squad this season.
Jun 12 - 6:12 PM

Rams signed No. 214 overall pick QB Garrett Gilbert to a four-year contract.

Coming off a star-crossed college career, Gilbert (6-foot-3, 223 pounds) offers ideal build to go along with adequate hand size (9 3/8"). He has plus accuracy at the short and intermediate levels, but his velocity wanes on deep balls. Gilbert has no experience in a Pro-Style offense, and is a long shot to become a quality NFL backup.
Jun 12 - 6:06 PM


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