Player News - Rams

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Aaron Donald was named the Associated Press' NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday.

He beat out Ravens ILB C.J. Mosely, who finished with 18 votes. Donald was PFF's No.1 rated defensive tackle as a rookie, grading out top-five in both pass rushing and against the run. He appeared in all 16 games (12 starts) as a three-technique in DC Greg Williams' scheme, recording nine sacks and two forced fumbles. Raiders LB Khalil Mack (6) and 49ers ILB Chris Borland (1) also received votes.
Jan 31 - 9:04 PM

The Post-Dispatch says it's "all but a certainty" the Rams will stay in-house to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy.

Nathaniel Hackett, Kyle Shanahan and Adam Gase all took jobs elsewhere, leaving the Rams twisting in the wind as they look to replace Brian Schottenheimer. Jeff Fisher will settle for either QBs coach Frank Cignetti or TEs coach Rob Boras, neither of whom has ever coordinated an NFL offense.
Jan 29 - 8:44 AM

The Rams notified the Convention and Visitor's Commission of St. Louis that they'll go year-to-year on their lease with the Edward Jones Dome.

It's the expected procedural move, so this isn't earth-shattering news by any means. The Rams will remain in St. Louis for the 2015 season, but everything after that is up in the air. NFL Network's Albert Breer reported Monday that owner Stan Kroenke's stadium-plan designs in Inglewood, CA were met with "quiet applause" in the league office. St. Louis recently revealed its own stadium proposal, but financing the venue is a major hurdle. This story will remain an offseason headline.
Jan 26 - 6:18 PM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports impending free agent Kenny Britt's player reps met with the Rams at the Senior Bowl.

Britt has said he "definitely" wants to return to St. Louis, and it appears the feeling is mutual. All of Britt's best seasons have come under coach Jeff Fisher. With the Rams lacking anything resembling depth at receiver, a new deal makes sense for both sides. Britt wouldn't be a candidate for guaranteed money beyond 2015 on the open market.
Jan 22 - 10:24 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns interviewed Rams QBs coach Frank Cignetti for their offensive-coordinator vacancy on Tuesday.

The Browns are really digging deep. Cignetti has been the Rams' QBs coach the past three seasons and helped engineer a 21:13 TD:INT ratio out of Sam Bradford in 2012 before having him on track to a career-best season in 2013 ahead of Bradford's first ACL tear. Cignetti has since had to work with Austin Davis, Kellen Clemens, and Shaun Hill. Cignetti has been a play-caller in the college ranks, with previous stops at Rutgers, Pittsburgh, California, and Fresno State.
Jan 20 - 10:43 PM

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner expects the team to release LT Jake Long or ask him to take a pay cut.

Long is almost certainly going to be cut. The Rams have already said Greg Robinson will be the left tackle in 2015. Long has never played any other position in the NFL. He also has one of the lengthiest injury histories in the league. St. Louis is already projected to be over the salary cap. It can clear $8 million by releasing Long. C Scott Wells should also be an easy cut for GM Les Snead.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 18 - 12:03 PM

The league has told St. Louis building a new stadium will be a must to keep the Rams.

This is news to exactly no one, but it's noteworthy that the league is beginning to go on the record regarding the situation. NFL executive VP Eric Grubman also admits owner Stan Kroenke is considering a move. "I’m not going to get into specifics, other than he’s said he’s going to keep his options open and he’s looking." Grubman did insist, however, that Kroenke has "not made it clear" if he intends to move come hell or high water. Grubman says the league wants the team to remain in St. Louis. "We’re looking for a solution to the St. Louis Rams to be the St. Louis Rams, not for some other team to be the St. Louis Rams." The Rams' odyssey will be one of 2015's top off-the-field storylines.
Jan 15 - 6:20 PM

Rams RG Rodger Saffold (shoulder surgery) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Saffold underwent successful surgery to repair a torn left labrum Jan. 7. He's been playing through the issue since 2013.
Jan 15 - 10:17 AM

Profootballtalk reports Rams owner Stan Kroenke intends to move the team to Los Angeles "with or without" league approval.

Mike Florio's report comes via a source with "knowledge of the current dynamics in Southern California." The same source tells Florio that Kroenke doesn't currently have the 24 votes required for relocation. Kroenke is apparently unmoved by this, however, and has reportedly assured the mayor of Inglewood he'll be coming regardless of the league's wishes. It's a bold, confrontational stance, one that could result in a protracted legal battle. The takeaway from the past two days is that Kroenke, a Missouri native, is dead set on heading to Hollywood.
Jan 6 - 8:08 PM

Rams RG Rodger Saffold will undergo left-shoulder surgery Wednesday.

We already knew that Saffold was going under the knife, but now we have a date. It's the same shoulder that caused Saffold's Raiders deal to fall through, though he started all 16 games in 2014. Saffold was a league-average guard in his "return" to the Rams. He's expected to be healthy well ahead of training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 6 - 1:25 PM

Free agent Kenny Britt said he "definitely" wants to re-sign with the Rams.

Britt resuscitated his career in St. Louis, setting career-highs in catches (48) and yards (748) to go with three touchdowns. He'd do well to stay in St. Louis because Jeff Fisher appears to be the only coach that can coax competency out of him. Britt, armed with both on- and off-field questions, will not fetch a hot market when free agency opens March 10.
Jan 6 - 10:40 AM

Rams signed WR Damian Williams, FB/TE Brad Smelley, and P Michael Palardy to reserve/future contracts.

Williams lasted about four weeks on the Rams' 53-man roster earlier in the season but was cut when St. Louis needed to promote TE Justice Cunningham. He was a third-round pick by coach Jeff Fisher with the Titans in 2010.
Jan 5 - 10:41 PM

Rams owner Stan Kroenke plans to build an NFL stadium in Los Angeles.

We've all heard countless rumors and blueprints over the last 20 years of an NFL franchise returning to Los Angeles. But this one appears real. Kroenke's announcement comes with a site he already owns in Inglewood and a plan (80,000-seat stadium). Per the L.A. Times, it also marks the first time an existing NFL owner has controlled a local site large enough for a stadium and parking. It appears Kroenke is angling toward bringing the Rams -- who left L.A. in 1995 -- back to the nation's second-largest market by 2016. He still will have plenty of NFL relocation hoops to jump through.
Jan 5 - 10:09 AM

Brian Quick is still "at a relatively early stage" in his rehab from shoulder surgery.

"I’m doing range of motion right now, just trying to get that strength back," Quick said. "I’m using a little weight right now, a three-pound weight." Quick went down in Week 8, tearing his rotator cuff and three other ligaments inside his shoulder. He's facing a long recovery and is expected to miss OTAs before hopefully being back for training camp. Quick has one year left on his contract.
Jan 2 - 9:56 AM

Rams signed WR Devon Wylie, OT Steven Baker, WR Emory Blake, G/T Travis Bond, S Christian Bryant, LB Marshall McFadden and DT Doug Worthington to reserve/future contracts.

Wylie has made eight career appearances, six of which came with the Chiefs in 2012. All seven players will be long-shots to crack next season's 53-man roster.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 06:48:00 PM


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