Todd Gurley to Get First Full Taste of Organized Team Activities

By Nick Wagoner

The Los Angeles Rams are moving closer to the beginning of the final phase of the offseason conditioning program. That would be the time when all players can come together on a field and go through full-squad practices (with some limitations, of course): organized team activities.

The Rams’ first OTA is set for May 31 at their current temporary training facility in Oxnard, Calif. Before we get there, we’re counting down five of the questions we’ll look to get answered when the Rams get going again:

The question: Running back Todd Gurley is participating in his first set of OTAs after missing last year because he was rehabilitating a knee injury. He’s now another year removed from that injury. What can a full offseason do for him in Year 2?

Read Complete Article

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Rotoworld Ranks Rams In Bottom Third Of NFL’s QB “Situations”

By 3k 
Rotoworld’s Patrick Daugherty released his yearly ranking of the best “QB situations” among the 32 NFL teams yesterday. It’s not a QB power ranking for 2016 alone, but more of a combination of that with, well, youth.

The certainty at the position for teams like the Seattle Seahawks with Russell Wilson, the Green Bay Packers with Aaron Rodgers, the Carolina Panthers with Cam Newton and the Indianapolis Colts with Andrew Luck outshine any other. No surprise they make up the top four. Beyond that, it’s a wild mix. This is the post-Peyton (and sometime soon post-Tom Brady) NFL.

For the Rams, this is a tough exercise.

One would think there’s some stability given the recent selection of Cal QB Jared Goff with the #1 overall selection of the 2016 NFL Draft. On the other hand…trying to project the Rams at pretty much any position outside of RB and DT thanks to Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald is probably a wash.

Read Complete Article

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Rams One Of Least Likely Teams To Win Division

By 3k 

The Rams aren’t among the favorites in the NFC West and are among the least likely teams in all of the NFL to win their division.

Last week, we looked at the odds the Los Angeles Rams are being given in the win/loss column. Today, we’ve got a new set of odds from Bovada looking at divisional champion odds…and they’re not great for the Rams either.

The Rams are listed at 15/2 odds to take the NFC West which puts them in third:

TEAM ODDS
Seattle Seahawks 10/11
Arizona Cardinals 7/5
Los Angeles Rams 15/2
San Francisco 49ers 20/1

Read Complete Article

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Rams Long on Talent, Short on Imagination


By STEVE RIVERA 

When the Los Angeles Rams take the field in 2016, questions will be quickly answered as to what type of personality they will have. If fans, and this team are lucky, they will look less like the plodding offensive team of old, and more like one who has the keys to something fast and bold.

Then again, Jeff Fisher is still the head coach.

At least for now.

Much is being written about how this Rams team will be much improved on offense , but will still win games because of their defense.

I disagree.

Read Complete Article

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Stan Kroenke Named Most Powerful in Southern California Sports

Nick Wagoner

When the NFL approved the Rams’ move back to Los Angeles in January, it did so in large part because it believed that owner Stan Kroenke had the financial wherewithal to make the nation’s second-largest television market into the dynamic and dominant market that it should be for the country’s most powerful league.

Kroenke’s plan to build one of the most lavish sports venues in the world and develop the Inglewood plot of land around it will not come to fruition until 2019, but there’s little doubt that he’s already been a game-changer on the sports scene in southern California.

Read Complete Article

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Coach ’em Up: John Fassel–Rams Special Teams

by T.J. Randall 

After playing wide receiver at Weber State in 1999, Fassel signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent. That same year, he was hired by Bucknell to coach receivers and assist in recruiting before moving on to the Amsterdam Admirals a year later. In 2001, Fassel was a GA for Idaho State, returned to Bucknell a year later, and served as New Mexico Highland’s head coach from 2003-2004.

He earned his first position in the NFL with the Ravens, serving as a special teams assistant from 2005-2007 as they finished top 10 in punt and kick return averages. Fassel was then hired by Oakland as the special teams coordinator from 2008-2011.

Read Complete Article

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

NFL Owners Award 2021 to Los Angeles

by Vaughn McClure

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Los Angeles, which will reintroduce itself to the NFL this season following the relocation of the Rams, joined Atlanta and South Florida in being awarded future Super Bowls during Tuesday’s NFL spring meeting.
NFL owners voted Tuesday to authorize a deal that would sell 6,000 tickets that had been part of the participating teams’ allotment to On Location Experiences.
Los Angeles will host Super Bowl LV in 2021, the final of three bids awarded during the meeting. Atlanta earned the bid for Super Bowl LIII in 2019, and South Florida received the bid for Super Bowl LIV in 2020.

Read Complete Article

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Rams: Will This Be Tavon Austin’s Year?

By Brendan Abban
This upcoming season will bring a sense of renewal for a lot of NFL teams, hitting the reset button and preparing for the 2016 season. This feeling extends to the Los Angeles Rams organization as well but it may not trickle down to every single player on the team. This season could bring a challenge of vindication and self-fulfillment for one Tavon Austin.

Austin was the eighth overall pick for the Rams back in 2013, drawing comparisons to players such as DeSean Jackson and Mike Wallace. At the time of Austin’s draft, Jackson and Wallace were seen as the premier speedsters in the NFL and Austin was coming in looking to be held in the same regard as the other two. Austin’s explosiveness and blurring speed led many to believe he could be a prime target for whatever quarterback took the helm . In three years of experience, Austin has totaled a mere 1,133 receiving yards and has not had a season where he has even totaled more than 500 yards per ESPN.com. Jackson in his sophomore season alone totaled 1,156 yards and Wallace similar to Jackson, totaled 1,257 in his sophomore season per ESPN.com.

Read Complete Article

Enjoyed this post? Share it!