Rams notes: Defensive line depth shines through in victory over Buccaneers

By RICH HAMMOND

THOUSAND OAKS – It’s not easy to juggle 275-pound men, even when no manual labor is involved.

The Rams used their defensive linemen in Sunday’s victory over Tampa Bay. All of them, over and over. Eight linemen dressed, and seven played at least 19 snaps. The other, Eugene Sims, reached just nine snaps because he got ejected in the second quarter. In this case, though, quantity equaled quality.

With a makeshift line that often included star tackle Aaron Donald at end, the Rams held Tampa Bay to 83 rushing yards and sacked quarterback Jameis Winston twice, including one that led to a fumble and a 77-yard touchdown return by end Ethan Westbrooks.

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Fisher Praises Play Of Rams Defensive Line After 2-1 Start To Season

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The defensive line was the unquestioned strength for the Los Angeles Rams entering this season, and it showed in a variety of ways during their 37-32 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Robert Quinn had a strip-sack that Ethan Westbrooks returned 77 yards for a touchdown, Aaron Donald had one tackle for loss and deflected two passes, and Will Hayes returned from an ankle injury to provide depth in hot and humid conditions.

If they can keep it up against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the Rams (2-1) can extend their early and unexpected lead in the NFC West.

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Grading the Los Angeles Rams win at Tampa Bay

The Los Angeles Rams (2-1) have struggled offensively through the first two weeks of the season, but that all seemed to come to an end this past Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2) in a lightning-delayed 37-32 win. The Rams were finally able to score a touchdown, and running back Todd Gurley finally got his numbers up with a decent game.

It is by no means indicative of a world where Los Angeles is a viable contender for the NFC West, but it was step in the right direction for a number of players on the squad. Let’s take a look at how each group graded out.

Offense: B+
Any time a team scores 37 points, it deserves a fairly high grade. The Los Angeles Rams put together 320 yards of offense, which may not be an eye-popping number. However, it was a good showing after two weeks of offensive inadequacy against San Francisco and Seattle.

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First-year QB progress report: Jared Goff sits as Carson Wentz, Trevor Siemian Shine

By Alden Gonzalez

Jared Goff is the homecoming king who isn’t allowed at the dance.

In a year marked by atypical success from unseasoned quarterbacks, and in an era when players take over the position sooner than ever, Goff is a spectator. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, acquired by a Los Angeles Rams team that moved an unprecedented 14 spots to take him first, and yet he sits.

The Rams had the worst passing attack in the NFL last season. Their current starter, Case Keenum, shoulders the worst QBR of starters this season. But the thought of starting Goff has yet to become a serious consideration. At least not for Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a man who mainly kept Steve McNair on his bench until he had accumulated two years as a professional.

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Jeff Fisher on Rams’ issues with penalties: ‘It doesn’t look good’

By Alden Gonzalez

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Will Hayes was in the locker room in the early stages of Sunday’s second quarter, getting an injured ankle evaluated, when he saw fellow defensive lineman Eugene Sims enter, moments after being thrown out for unsportsmanlike conduct.

“I have to go out there,” Hayes said then, as told by Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher late Monday afternoon. “I have to go.”

Said Fisher: “There was no way Will should’ve returned.”

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PFF Grades Aaron Donald as best interior defender of Week 3

 

By: Jeff Smith 
Week 3 of the 2016 NFL season is in the books, which means grades for teams and players alike are being handed out all over the place. Pro Football Focus has put out their breakdown of the best player at every position from the week, and as you probably could have guessed, Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald once again made the cut.

Not only was Donald listed as one of two interior defensive linemen to make the all-Week 3 team, but he was the highest graded as well.

Interior defender: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams, 85.6
Aaron Donald now leads the league with 17 total QB pressures, yet has somehow failed to register a sack through three games. Against the Buccaneers, he added another two QB hits and three hurries to his tally sheet, and also batted down a pair of passes at the line.

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Rams News Daily Summary: Sept. 26th

Monday Wrap-Up: Defensive Line Flexible in Victory

From Opening drive, Here’s How Things Went Right for Rams in Win over Buccaneers

Rams At Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Report Card

Rams Receive Some Good News About CB E.J. Gaines for Week 4

PFF Grades: Robert Quinn doesn’t get nearly enough love

L.A. Rams go from Punchline to Top of NFC West

Rams Couldn’t Have Won without Help from Inept Bucs

Five Takeaways: Rams 37-32 Win over Buccaneers

Rams’ Defensive Line Takes Over Again

Rams improve to 2-1, share common ground with Super Bowl-winning Patriots

Perhaps the real Todd Gurley has finally arrived

Jeff Fisher Press Conference – 9/26
http://www.therams.com/videos/videos/Je … d39840fba1

Rams Nation: Episode 6
Get the full rundown on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the Los Angeles Rams travel to the east coast on this episode of Rams Nation.
http://www.therams.com/videos/videos/Ra … acb218e0ae

Rams360: Episode 6
Get to know some of the Rams most famous Hall of Famers as they reunite for a special honor at halftime of the first game back in LA.
http://www.therams.com/videos/videos/Ra … d7c9d31956

Rams360: Jack Youngblood
Hear from the legend himself, Jack Youngblood, about his time with the Rams and making it into the Hall of Fame.
http://www.therams.com/videos/videos/Ra … 39795f7a7d

Rams vs. Bucs Highlights
http://www.nfl.com/videos/los-angeles-r … highlights

Rams Can’t Miss Play: Defense Takes Fumble 77 yards for TD
http://www.nfl.com/videos/los-angeles-r … rds-for-TD

Todd Gurley Highlights
http://www.nfl.com/videos/los-angeles-r … highlights

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Monday Wrap-Up: Defensive Line Flexible in Victory

 

By Myles Simmons

The Rams’ defensive line was up to a significant challenge during Sunday’s 37-32 victory over the Buccaneers. With injuries and an ejection to deal with, the nine-man rotation quickly went down to seven. And given 90-degree temperatures with significant humidity, plus a slate of 90 plays to defend, there was a lot the line had to deal with.

Los Angeles usually designates one of its nine defensive linemen inactive, and that player on Sunday was end Matt Longacre. Thus, when fellow end William Hayes went down with an ankle injury, it meant others would have play more snaps in his place.

And then L.A. lost defensive end Eugene Sims to an ejection, inducing head coach Jeff Fisher and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to come up with a plan to compensate for the shorthanded line.

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