Rams: How High Should They Draft a QB? –TST

By Douglas M

As the St. Louis Rams sort through all the quarterbacks available in the coming 2014 NFL Draft, it has to look like a somewhat skewed, murky mess. Tasked with finding a back up for Sam Bradford, there has to be just the barest wish, that whoever they decide on, could be a long term replacement for their oft injured starting quarterback.

In the media, Les Snead and Jeff Fisher continue to propound their endorsement of Bradford, and rightfully so. Any fan of St. Louis – who’s watched Murphy’s Law smack the former Oklahoma University star around since his arrival in 2010 – knows full well the numerous coaching changes he’s experienced in his short career – let alone the injuries – combined with woeful supporting casts of players on offense. For the most part, Bradford has been undeniably mediocre. But fairness peeks through the mind of most fans when they stack everything that’s been working against Bradford since his rookie year.

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Rams Will Exercise Option on Robert Quinn –NFP

By Jason Butt

This move was a no-brainer.

The St. Louis Rams will exercise the fifth-year option on defensive end’s Robert Quinn, according to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Rams have yet to do so, but will before the May 3 deadline.

Quinn has been an important part to the St. Louis defense. The former 2011 first-round pick had 57 tackles and 19 sacks a season ago.

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Morning Ram-blings: The QB Crossroads –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

No matter your preferred phrase or cliche for what the 2014 season will mean for St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, there’s little doubt that it’s going to be important in shaping his long-term future with the team and the league at large.

Earlier this week, ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando posted a really interesting piece Insider on Insider focused on what he calls “quarterbacks at a crossroads.” Using QBR as his primary measurement, Sando took the records as starters as well as the QBR from their rookie seasons to see if there was an indication of future success to be gleaned from the numbers.

The list starts with quarterbacks entering the league in 2006.

Without diving too deep into Sando’s methodology — it’s certainly worth a read on its own — we can skip right ahead to the part about Bradford. Now entering his fifth season in the league, Bradford has so far been unable to generate much success. Whether or not you choose to factor in the reasons for those struggles, the point is that his performance hasn’t been up to par with many other young quarterbacks around the league.

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Posted by RamBill - April 19, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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Steady Matthews Remains Premier O-Line Prospect –St.LouisRams.com

By Jonathan Webb

Through the meteoric rise of Greg Robinson, the fluctuating Taylor Lewan, and the rise and fall of numerous other offensive line prospects, Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews has been a notable exception from the volatility among offensive linemen on draft boards.

Matthews served as a four-year stalwart for an Aggies offense that totaled just under 7,000 yards from scrimmage last fall. He made his first appearance at left tackle last fall after starting at right tackle for the previous three seasons. Matthews asserted his position among his position’s elite prospects while speaking to media both at his Pro Day and at the NFL Combine in February.

“I think I’m the best tackle out here,” Matthews said a day before performing before coaches and scouts at the Combine.

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Posted by RamBill - April 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm

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Todd McShay’s Draft Minute: Aaron Donald –Video

 

Todd McShay evaluates former Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald, who McShay thinks is a classic 3-technique defensive tackle. (1:11)

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Rams News Daily Summary: April 18

New contract, fresh start for Dunbar –PD
For Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, the 2013 season was like a bad dream. You know, the kind you try to forget.

Rams Worked Out Martavis Bryant, Sammy Watkins Today –NFP
Clemson wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant worked out for the St. Louis Rams today.

Trying to Guess the Rams’ Schedule –Wagoner
This week, the St. Louis Rams announced that they’re having a contest for fans to guess their 2014 schedule with the prize of $100,000 for anyone who can hit it with 100 percent accuracy. Soon after, I laid out just how ridiculously long the odds are for anyone to satisfy all of the requirements to actually win this contest.

Nick Wagoner’s Rams Chat Highlights: April 18

Greg Cosell Talks Draft and the Rams –Radio Interview

Morning Ram-blings: The Quinn Effect –Wagoner
It’s no secret that the St. Louis Rams don’t “need” a defensive end to add to the mix for the 2014 season. Ends Chris Long, William Hayes and Eugene Sims provide plenty of production from the position.

Rams Doing Diligence on WR Watkins –Wagoner
At this time of year, it’s often difficult to discern what’s real and what’s not when it comes to a team’s interest in a draft prospect. But if the St. Louis Rams aren’t interested in Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, they’re certainly going well out of their way to throw the rest of the league off the scent.

Gruden’s QB Camp: Aaron Murray –Video

Todd McShay’s Draft Minute: Jadeveon Clowney –Video

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