Rams News Daily Summary: Sept. 28

Practice Report 9/28: Offense Striving for Improvement, Consistency

Rams DT Aaron Donald dominates while searching for first sack

Rams’ Three-Step Process Helps Ease Road Schedule

Rams Underdogs By More Than A Touchdown To Host Arizona Cardinals

Aaron Donald having a better year than his numbers show

Rams Claim Marqui Christian off waivers from Cardinals

Have the Rams found the secret to big play at the right time?

Carson Palmer supports Rams decision to sit Jared Goff

Carson Palmer, Cardinals seek bounce-back performance vs. Rams

Jeff Fisher believes that Todd Gurley nearing a big performance

Herm Edwards on Rams QB situation
ESPN NFL analyst Herm Edwards joins Mornings with Keyshawn, Jorge and LZ to talk about the Rams quarterback situation, how Jeff Fisher can enhance Jared Goff’s skill set and discusses the team’s defensive focus.
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Wired: Aaron Donald
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Jeff Fisher Press Conference – 9/28
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Brian Quick Press Conference – 9/28
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Rob Boras Press Conference – 9/28
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Rob Havenstein Press Conference – 9/28
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Case Keenum Press Conference – 9/28
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One-On-One with Ethan Westbrooks
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Case Keenum quiets critics after solid outings in back-to-back victories

By RICH HAMMOND

THOUSAND OAKS – After his fourth-quarter touchdown throw Sunday, Rams quarterback Case Keenum faced his sideline and did a quick fist-pumping, foot-stomping celebration. It had to feel cathartic.

Keenum had been awful, not only in the opener two weeks earlier but three quarters earlier, when a misread led to a Tampa Bay interception and touchdown. After a couple weeks of criticism, Keenum came through and, at least for one week, quieted the questions about when Jared Goff might take over.

Keenum completed 14 of 26 attempts for 190 yards and two huge plays, on touchdown passes to Brian Quick (44 yards) and Tavon Austin (43), the latter accounting for the Rams’ winning margin over Tampa Bay.

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Practice Report 9/28: Offense Striving for Improvement, Consistency

By Myles Simmons

Los Angeles’ offense took some steps forward during Sunday’s 37-32 victory over the Buccaneers. The unit broke the ice by getting its first touchdown, then scored three more over the course of the game in Tampa Bay.

“It was another step. I think it was a step in the right direction,” offensive coordinator Rob Boras said on Tuesday. “There’s a lot of positives that we’re going to try to build on. And just like any time you play a game, there’s a lot of things there that were mistakes or things that we left out there that we know we can do better. It was, again, a step, probably a bigger step than it was the week before and we’re going to continue to get better.”

Wide receiver Brian Quick was the first to cross the goal line on a 44-yard reception from quarterback Case Keenum. The long ball was a result of good preparation for the coverage Los Angeles received in the situation.

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Rams DT Aaron Donald dominates while searching for first sack

Alden Gonzalez

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Aaron Donald, the Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle who is widely considered the very best at what he does, has yet to record a sack this season. One-hundred and thirty-three others have. And, yes, he has noticed.

“You know how pissed he is right now!?” Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers said, laughing almost hysterically. “I would be livid right now!”

No, Aaron Donald isn’t happy that he hasn’t recorded a sack this season, but the Rams are still pleased with the star defensive tackle’s performance. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Even without a sack, Pro Football Focus has graded Donald as one of the two best interior defensive linemen in each of the past two weeks. He has accumulated an NFL-leading 17 quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus, and has come painstakingly close to recording his first sack a multitude of times. During a recent meeting with the coaches, Donald cracked: “Why won’t these quarterbacks take their sacks like men?”

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Rams’ Three-Step Process Helps Ease Road Schedule

By Conor Orr

Bruce Warwick, the Rams’ director of football operations, had already moved an entire franchise from St. Louis to Los Angeles in six weeks before the NFL schedule came out on April 14.

Nothing, he said, could possibly compare to the sheer logistics of a haul that size, with three temporary facilities halfway across the country and no negotiations before NFL ownership approved the departure by a vote. New infrastructure, new satellite companies, new highways and traffic patterns. Different-sized team jets, moving procedures and coordination with township authorities.

So surely, the league would look kindly on its franchise in transition and provide an easier schedule to work around, right?

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Rams Underdogs By More Than A Touchdown To Host Arizona Cardinals

by 3k

For the third week in a row, the Los Angeles Rams are underdogs.

For the third week in a row, the Los Angeles Rams have a chance to prove the oddsmakers wrong.

What’s making this week’s odds interesting is both the variance and fluctuation since the line was set. Where against both the Seahawks and Buccaneers we saw the odds grow in the Rams’ opponents’ favor, we’re seeing the opposite this week…except for one oddsmaker. The other five oddsmakers we track have brought the line down from 8.5 points to just beyond a touchdown/extra point combo.

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Aaron Donald having a better year than his numbers show

Posted by Michael David Smith

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald hasn’t recorded a sack and has only seven total tackles this season, but that doesn’t tell the story of how Donald has played in the first three games of the year.

That’s the word from Los Angeles coach Jeff Fisher, who thinks Donald deserves a lot of the credit for the Rams winning the last two games, even if Donald’s contributions aren’t measured in the box score.

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Rams Claim Marqui Christian off waivers from Cardinals

Posted by Josh Alper
The Cardinals and Rams will square off this Sunday and the Rams have added a former member of the Arizona secondary to their roster ahead of the game.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Rams claimed safety Marqui Christian off of waivers on Wednesday, a day after the Cardinals dropped him as part of a series of transactions. The Cardinals said the move was due to the need to bring in another punter while Drew Butler is recovering from ankle and Achilles injuries.

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