Player News - Rams

Date: Team: Pos:

Third-round G/T Jamon Brown will be the Rams' starting left guard.

Brown was initially penciled in at right guard, but has settled in on the left side. Rodger Saffold will man the right. The Rams reportedly believe Brown can be a "dominant run blocker."
Sep 1 - 3:51 PM

Rodger Saffold will be the Rams' right guard this season.

It means third-rounder Jamon Brown has earned left guard duties. Saffold spent the majority of 2014 at left guard, but has spent plenty of time on the right side.
Sep 1 - 3:50 PM

Case Keenum will be the Rams' No. 2 quarterback.

Keenum has beaten out Austin Davis for the right to back up Nick Foles. With the Rams using (wasting?) a third-round pick on Sean Mannion, Davis will probably be waived. Keenum has some raw playmaking ability, but is prone to streaks of wildness/total ineffectiveness. He's a second-tier backup.
Sep 1 - 3:42 PM
Tre Mason - RB - Rams

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Sunday that Tre Mason (hamstring) is questionable for Week 1.

Mason missed early-camp practice time with a hamstring injury. He resumed practicing recently, but aggravated the injury in Saturday night's preseason game. The Rams view the injury as "mild," but Mason needs to avoid setbacks to be available for Week 1 against Seattle. Benny Cunningham is the Rams' No. 3 running back behind Mason and Todd Gurley (ACL).
Aug 30 - 5:03 PM

The St. Louis defense held the Indianapolis Colts to 28 rushing yards on 15 first half carries on Saturday.

It is definitely worth noting that Frank Gore was watching this game from the sidelines, but the effort was still solid from the Rams defense. St. Louis will need a similar showing from its defensive line in Week 1 of the regular season as Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks will visit the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams D/ST is currently being drafted fourth among fantasy defenses and should be a solid group in 2015.
Aug 30 - 2:12 AM
Tre Mason - RB - Rams

Tre Mason's right hamstring pull is "mild."

Mason will sit out Thursday's preseason finale, but it sounds like he'll be ready to rock for Week 1, which is in exactly two weeks. With Todd Gurley expected to be eased in, Mason will offer some FLEX appeal in September, though he has a rough opening matchup in the Seahawks.
Aug 30 - 12:06 AM

Jared Cook caught a five-yard pass in Saturday's preseason game.

It was his lone target. The scattershot TE2 finishes the preseason with two grabs for eight yards.
Aug 29 - 11:52 PM

Kenny Britt caught 2-of-3 targets for 21 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts.

Britt finishes the preseason with five catches for 44 yards. Britt revived his career under coach Jeff Fisher last season, but at best, he's a low-upside WR4 for fantasy purposes.
Aug 29 - 11:46 PM

Chris Givens caught 2-of-2 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown.

The deep threat added a six-yard rush. Givens' 44-yard touchdown came on a perfectly executed play fake on an end around from Nick Foles. Givens showed tremendous speed in getting behind the entire defense. Givens made waves as a rookie in 2012, but his production has steadily declined since. Still only 25, however, he's now up to 7/179/2 this preseason. Perhaps he'll put himself back in the WR5 conversation.
Aug 29 - 11:43 PM

Making his preseason debut in Saturday's game against the Colts, Brian Quick (shoulder) wasn't targeted.

Curiously, Quick's first snaps didn't come until the final five minutes of the first half. Cleared for contact only five days ago, he was on the strictest of snap counts. Although he's been limited all summer as he comes back from a severe shoulder injury, Quick should begin the year as the Rams' No. 1 receiver, or at worst No. 2 behind Kenny Britt. Quick is in the fantasy WR3 mix.
Aug 29 - 11:31 PM

Benny Cunningham rushed five times for five yards in Saturday's preseason game, adding two catches for an additional 32 yards.

Cunningham was thrust into bell-cow duties after Tre Mason injured his hamstring. He was ineffective between the tackles, but did some nice work as Nick Foles' safety valve in the passing game. Provided he sits out Thursday's finale, Cunningham finishes the preseason with 65 yards on 16 touches. Cunningham could begin the season as the Rams' third-down back if Todd Gurley (knee) isn't ready to go, but touches are going to be much scarcer than they were in 2014. Gurley and Tre Mason are going to dominate St. Louis' backfield.
Aug 29 - 11:00 PM

Nick Foles completed 10-of-11 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts.

Foles played the entire first half, but took a seat at the break. All things considered, it wasn't a bad night for a quarterback who had little time to throw and put up with an embarrassing amount of penalties. Foles had a long completion to Tavon Austin called back by a ticky tack offensive pass interference call. Foles' lead feet were on display, however, and could be a big problem behind St. Louis' shaky line. The Chip Kelly product finishes the summer 16-of-23 for 215 yards (9.34 YPA), one touchdown and one pick. He's a low-end QB2.
Aug 29 - 10:47 PM
Tre Mason - RB - Rams

Tre Mason was forced from Saturday's preseason game with a right hamstring injury.

Mason took the rock four times for 12 yards before departing, adding two catches for an additional 19 yards. It's unclear how serious the issue might be. Mason has 15 days to get healthy for Week 1. Todd Gurley's backup/early-season fill-in finishes the preseason with nine carries for 24 yards. He's an RB3 with RB2 upside for the first month of the season. Gurley is going to be eased in.
Aug 29 - 9:18 PM

Rams first-round pick Todd Gurley is not participating in blitz-pickup drills at training camp.

Gurley is participating in some team work, but pass-protection drills involve a lot of contact and Gurley is still only nine months removed from ACL surgery. Not even being able to practice blitz pickups is a concern for Gurley's usage, on top of the limitations the Rams have already installed for him. Gurley will be a rotational player only until he shows he can protect Nick Foles.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 10:00 PM

Second-year CB Lamarcus Joyner is locked in as the Rams' slot corner.

The Rams traded up to take Joyner with the 41st pick in last year's draft, but he played just 290 snaps as a rookie and battled a groin injury. "He's lightyears ahead of where he was last year," said coach Jeff Fisher. "We're counting on him to be effective in the slot." At 5'8/184, Joyner's one of the NFL's tiniest corners.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 12:32 PM


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