Roger Goodell Pleased with St. Louis Stadium Progress –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — While the two proposed Los Angeles-area stadiums look to be well ahead of the curve in their potential of becoming reality, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear Wednesday in San Francisco that of the three home markets looking to keep their teams, St. Louis is the furthest along in its pursuit of a stadium.

With each passing week, the St. Louis stadium task force has checked off box after box and though there is still some significant work to do, namely in securing the public piece of the financing, San Diego and Oakland don’t appear to be anywhere close to St. Louis when it comes to putting together an actionable plan. San Diego just presented a financing plan that doesn’t look agreeable for the Chargers and Oakland has yet to do as much as put a proposal together.

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For Most Part, Greg Zuerlein Should be Unfazed by Extra Point Changes –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — One of the pieces of business that was taken care of at the owners meetings this week in San Francisco was the league’s decision to officially change the extra-point procedure.

Under the new rules, extra-point kicks will now be tried with a line of scrimmage at the 15-yard line. That means that the extra point will now be the equivalent of a 32 or 33-yard field goal instead of the 19 or 20 yards it was in the past. That’s still a pretty easy kick but it does make for a little more drama and it could really change things in cold-weather, outdoor stadiums late in the season.

It shouldn’t, however, have much of an impact on the performance of St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein. Zuerlein has had struggles in his career on grass but with the advantage of eight home games in the Edward Jones Dome and his own consistency inside 40 yards, Zuerlein should be just fine when the Rams opt to attempt extra points moving forward.

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Morning Ram-blings: Rams Get Varied Offseason Grades –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — The ESPN NFL Insider group handed out grades Wednesday for every team for their work this offseason. With Organized Team Activities underway, most of the roster -uilding phase is over, which provides a golden opportunity for our experts to break it down.

The offseason grade for the St. Louis Rams from our panel, which includes Matt Williamson, Louis Riddick, Field Yates and Bill Polian, comes out to a solid ‘B.’ It’s not the highest grade — that went to the New York Jets — or the lowest; that honor went to the San Francisco 49ers.

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