Rams looking for top pick Jared Goff to take the ‘next step’ against the Denver Broncos

 

By Gary Klein

Jared Goff watched the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl last February and got a long look at one of the best defenses in NFL history.

At the time, Goff was in Orange County preparing for the draft. He did not know then that the Rams would trade up for the top pick, or that he would be facing Von Miller and Co. in the third exhibition of his young career.

“I was probably just sitting down there enjoying it,” Goff said Thursday of the Broncos’ dominating victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Goff will get a close-up look at the Broncos on Saturday night at Denver.

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How the Rams and the Arizona Cardinals compare

By Sam Farmer
LAST YEAR: The teams split their series, each beating the other on the road. The Rams handed the Cardinals one of their three regular-season defeats by beating them in Arizona, 24-22, in Week 4. Cardinals rookie David Johnson fumbled the opening kickoff, and the Rams converted that turnover into a touchdown. Despite the Cardinals outgaining the Rams, 447 yards to 328, St. Louis had a 3-0 turnover advantage. In Week 13, the Cardinals avenged that loss with a 27-3 victory at St. Louis as Carson Palmer threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson, making his first career start, ran for 99 yards and had a receiving touchdown.

WHAT’S CHANGED: Very little has changed on the offensive side for the Cardinals, who return every player who either gained a yard or scored a point for their top-ranked offense last season. (All 23 of their coaches returned, too.) Needing to beef up its pass rush, Arizona traded for New England outside linebacker Chandler Jones, and used a first-round pick on defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche.

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Rams secondary has some ground to make up

By Joe Curley

IRVINE — Halfway through the preseason schedule may be too early to sound the alarm about the Los Angeles Rams secondary.

But that hasn’t stopped coaches and players from expressing disappointment about how the top half of the positional group has fared this month.

Cornerback E.J. Gaines, after seeing his first on-field action in more than a year, explained this week that the secondary needs to be “a million times better than we’ve shown in the preseason right now.”

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Case Keenum, from two-star HS prospect to Rams starting QB

By Jake Ellenbogen

Imagine growing up in one state, going to college in that same state and then playing football in the NFL for that state. Not common right? Well, that would be Case Keenum’s football life in a nutshell.
Keenum was born in Brownwood, Texas. He stayed there as long as he could. He attended Wylie high school in Abilene, Texas. He started 42 games at Wylie and accumulated 6,783 yards and 48 touchdowns passing, On top of those lofty statistics he also racked up the rushing y…

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Practice Report 8/25: Quinn to Make Preseason Debut at Denver

By Myles Simmons

Defensive end Robert Quinn is not used accustomed to life on the bench.

Last year’s Week 9 contest at Minnesota was the first time he’d ever missed an NFL game due to injury. It was the first Rams’ game he didn’t start since 2012. And after he tried to be effective in a pass-rushing role against the Bears in Week 10, the Rams shut Quinn down as he underwent season-ending back surgery.

“It sucked,” Quinn said after Thursday’s practice. “But I mean, it’s just an unfortunate accident. It happened, you just have to overcome it. It’s in the past, leave it in the past and try to make something happen this year.”

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Why Hard Knocks’ perception of Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff can be deceiving?

By Brendan Abban 
The Los Angeles Rams are being featured in this season of HBO’s Hard Knocks‘ which has proven to be quite popular. Hard Knocks does one thing well that helps garner so many viewers and that is utilize/manipulate storylines.

Whether it is William Hayes and his mermaids. Eric Kush with his love for tank tops. Rookie Austin Hill and his loving family, there is always something. Obviously the biggest storyline throughout the Rams’ offseason and preseason has been the one at the quarterback position.

Rookie quarterback Jared Goff has been the center of attention ever since the NFL draft ended. The impending decision of whether or not Goff will sit or start at the beginning of the regular season, has loomed over Los Angeles and the rest of the football world.

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Rams News Daily Summary: August 24th

Rams Practice Report 8/24: Setting the Tone

Rams hoping Pharoh Cooper can jolt receiving corps

On ‘Hard Knocks,’ Jeff Fisher demands that Todd Gurley not be tackled

Rams deep at running back, even without Tre Mason

Pass Game is the X-Factor for Your 2016 LA Rams

Pharoh Cooper bounces back from dropped pass

Rams teammates get a real dose of chemistry in UCI demos

Rams land three players in #NFLRank Top 100

‘Tempers flare’ at Rams camp; Todd Gurley involved

Malcolm Brown has a case for the No. 2 RB spot

Not surprisingly, E.J. Gaines is working as a first-team cornerback

McDonald on Gurley: He’s a competitor
Rams safety T.J. McDonald joins Mason and Ireland to discuss the team’s chemistry, expectations for the season, Gurley’s skill set and upcoming game against the Broncos.
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Inside Training Camp: Timeout
Go inside the LA Rams training camp with Rams insider Myles Simmons as he recaps a practice where we saw some tempers flare. Simmons also spoke with LB Alec Ogletree’s about his determination to set a tone early against Denver.
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The official unofficial ‘Hard Knocks’ after show
The “Good Morning Football” crew talks about episode 3 of “Hard Knocks” and hands out awards for performances.
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Rams Camp One-On-One with Temarrick Hemingway
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Rams Camp One-On-One with E.J. Gaines
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Jeff Fisher Rams Camp Presser – 8/24
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William Hayes Rams Camp Presser – 8/24
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Alec Ogletree Rams Camp Presser – 8/24
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Rams Practice Report 8/24: Setting the Tone

 

By Myles Simmons

If you’ve been keeping up with HBO’s Hard Knocks this season, you likely know how much can be gleaned about the team from the hour-long episodes. Whether it’s seeing players in the meeting room, coaches going over logistics, or sideline footage on gameday — there’s clearly a lot that goes on over the course of a week in training camp.

One standout scene from Tuesday’s episode came from the second preseason game against Kansas City. After the first defensive series, middle linebacker Alec Ogletree was demostrably upset the first unit had surrendered a touchdown to begin the game. So much so, that defensive end Robert Quinn — who was not playing — was shown calming down the Georgia product on the sideline.

The scene came up with Ogletree on Wednesday afternoon after the linebacker had been asked about what he would like to improve defensively against Denver.

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