Rams | Sean McVay sings DeSean Jackson's praises Fri Jul 30, 12:45 AM
Los Angeles Rams WR DeSean Jackson is a 'special player' and 'definitely looks like the same DeSean that I've seen,' according to head coach Sean McVay.
|Footballguys view: Jackson won't create fantasy value of his own, but if he can stay healthy on limited snaps, he could be an important element to stretch the field and create room for others to operate along with landing kill shots in the play action passing game. He's another reason to be optimistic about Matthew Stafford this year.|
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Rams | Cam Akers placed on NFI list Wed Jul 28, 08:03 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers (Achilles) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 28.
|Footballguys view: Akers is going to miss the entire 2021 season. The Rams now turn to Darrell Henderson as their starter. Guys like Xavier Jones and Jake Funk will compete to establish a pecking order behind Henderson. At this time, the Rams have no interest in adding a back via trade or free agency.|
Rams | LAR signs Kyle Markway Mon Jul 26, 06:32 PM
Free-agent TE Kyle Markway (Browns) signed with the Los Angeles Rams Monday, July 26. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Rams | Tutu Atwell lands on COVID list Mon Jul 26, 04:07 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Tutu Atwell was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday, July 26.
|Footballguys view: Atwell is a gadget player the Rams felt strongly about and selected him in the second round of the 2021 NFL draft. He was going to compete for the no.3 job but this will set him back, at least early in camp and perhaps the regular season too. DeSean Jackson and Van Jefferson will compete for that no.3 spot behind Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.|
Rams | Darrell Henderson receives modest praise Mon Jul 26, 03:12 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson is an 'every-down back,' according to comments made by head coach Sean McVay on Monday, July 26. Per McVay, it has never been an 'ability' question but 'how do we keep him available?' To that end, Henderson is not expected to play at all during the preseason.
|Footballguys view: Henderson has always had talent, he was just going to serve as the no.2 running back for the Rams before Cam Akers was lost for the season. Now, Henderson is the lead back and certainly has a fantasy relevant role - likely in the RB2 range. Henderson has struggled with injuries over two seasons, so the Rams need to manage things to keep him fresh. Xavier Jones and Jake Funk are late-round fliers for Fantasy GMs in deeper leagues.|
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Rams | LA Rams add former writer to staff Sun Jul 25, 10:09 PM
Former Sports Illustrated writer Andy Benoit was hired as an assistant to head coach Sean McVay on Sunday, July 25. Benoit is expected to work on special projects as well as serve as a regular sounding board and researcher for McVay, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.Link to story
Rams | Ernest Jones agrees to deal Thu Jul 22, 04:20 PM
Los Angeles Rams third-round draft choice LB Ernest C. Jones agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Rams Thursday, July 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Jones could win a starting job in a thin Rams inside linebacker group, but he's unlikely to be in on passing downs because of he's more of an early down specialist at this point in his career.|
Rams | LA Rams in no hurry to sign veteran RB Tue Jul 20, 04:40 PM
Los Angeles Rams RBs Darrell Henderson, Raymond Calais, Xavier Jones and Jake Funk each figure to get a long look in camp, based on comments from head coach Sean McVay following the season-ending injury to Cam Akers (Achilles) recently.'I don't know that veteran route is something we'll rule out, but it's not something we're looking at right now,' McVay said.
|Footballguys view: Henderson will likely lead the backfield in touches, but the team isn't going to give him the huge workloads they were giving Cam Akers late last year. They should give Jones and others a full opportunity to prove they deserve more work in training camp before looking at adding a veteran. They could also give the young backfield a few weeks to see what they can do against Chicago, Indianapolis, and Tampa Bay before making any decisions about adding to the depth chart.|
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Rams | Nsimba Webster shown the door Tue Jul 20, 01:18 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Nsimba Webster was waived Tuesday, July 20.
|Footballguys view: We will be watching every Rams roster move to see if they are preparing to sign another running back to replace Cam Akers. Webster was the team's primary kick and punt returner last year. Raymond Calais can return kicks and Cooper Kupp can return punts, but the team could open the competition to include other players, especially for punt returner so they don't risk Kupp's health too often.|
Rams | Cam Akers out for season Tue Jul 20, 11:23 AM
Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' while training Monday, July 19, and he'll miss the entire 2021 season.
|Footballguys view: Darrell Henderson becomes the starter, and 2020 UDFA Xavier Jones the backup. Raymond Calais, a 2020 seventh-round pick of the Bucs, and Jake Funk, the Rams 2021 seventh-round pick, both have a better chance of making the roster now, but the team will certainly look into signing a veteran eventually with so little experience on the roster. The team could also become more pass heavy without Akers. Akers will test the proposition of whether a running back can come all the way back from an achilles tear. It hasn't happened yet, with Marlon Mack being the latest to try this season.|
Rams | John Wolford locked in as backup Fri Jul 9, 10:11 PM
Los Angeles Rams QB John Wolford will serve as the backup quarterback in 2021.
|Footballguys view: He's going to be the backup to Matthew Stafford this year, but Rams head coach Sean McVay likes Wolford's game. McVay appreciates the way Wolford has the athleticism to keep plays alive with his feet and can launch passes down the field. He's an intriguing player in dynasty formats.|
Rams | Taylor Rapp back from knee injury Fri Jul 9, 10:07 PM
Los Angeles Rams S Taylor Rapp (knee) was a full participant in June minicamp.Link to story
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Rams | DeSean Jackson top option for No. 3 WR job Wed Jul 7, 07:56 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR DeSean Jackson is considered the leading candidate for the No. 3 receiver job entering training camp.
|Footballguys view: That sounds about right. Jackson is still a deep threat and will take the top off the defense for QB Matthew Stafford. From a fantasy perspective, there's value in his role but it's more of a 'what the heck' flex on a weekly basis just hoping for a big play or two. He's not getting drafted right now, so keep Jackson on your waiver wire speed dial to begin the season.|
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Rams | Darrell Henderson bothered by injury Wed Jul 7, 07:44 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson (undisclosed) was limited during offseason workouts because an undisclosed injury but should be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Sean McVay.
|Footballguys view: Henderson will be ready to go next month, and he's competing as the primary backup to Cam Akers. He's a handcuff for Akers if you have the roster space as Henderson would get a bulk of the work if Akers has to miss time. Recently, McVay said there were "no limitations" on what Akers can do...and that means he could get a heavy workload in 2021. While Akers is going off the board as a top-12 fantasy back, Henderson has a current ADP of RB52 (11.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Rams | Cam Akers more comfortable with offense Wed Jul 7, 07:35 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers said he has a better understanding of the offense and the pass protection schemes entering this season.
|Footballguys view: Rams head coach Sean McVay said there are no "limitations" on how the team can use Akers. It sounds like Akers is going to get a heavy workload after the way he surged at the end of the 2020 season. Projecting Akers for 270-plus carries sounds about right, making him a borderline RB1 for Fantasy GMs. Akers has a current ADP of RB11 (2.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Rams | Van Jefferson making a leap? Fri Jul 2, 09:41 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Van Jefferson has been a 'major bright spot' during offseason activities, according to head coach Sean McVay. 'He's come back establishing himself as a legitimate dude, a guy that we're counting on for big things and I think the future is so bright,' McVay said.
|Footballguys view: A second-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft, Jefferson was underwhelming as a rookie. That could all change this year with better play at the quarterback position (thank you Matthew Stafford!) and more chances to showcase his talent. Jefferson has more opportunity with Josh Reynolds and Gerald Everett gone (142 vacated targets) and minimal competition (only DeSean Jackson) on the no.3/no.4 WR spectrum of the depth chart. Jefferson is currently a player you can take a late-round flier on.|
Rams | Andrew Whitworth entering final season? Tue Jun 29, 03:27 PM
Los Angeles Rams OT Andrew Whitworth hinted that 2021 will be his final season during a recent appearance on Chris Long's Green Light podcast.'I was like, if I get through this (recovering from the patella injury he suffered in 2013), I want to try to play until 40. And that was just like - I didn't think that was realistic or that it'd ever happen. But I was like, I want to try to do that,' Whitworth said. 'So this year, to me, it feels like this is it. This is like, I've put everything into trying to play this season and play at the level I want to. I feel like this will probably be the end, but I mean, all my closest friends would tell you that I've said that for about seven straight years. So I don't know how believable that is, but it feels like it is,' Whitworth said.Link to story
Rams | Jacob Harris busy at practices Sat Jun 26, 09:26 PM
Los Angeles Rams TE Jacob Harris saw 'significant reps' during OTAs and minicamp and will compete to be the primary option behind TE Tyler Higbee, according to Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com.
|Footballguys view: Gerald Everett signing with Seattle in free agency has left a spot for a second receiving option. The Rams drafted Brycen Hopkins in the fourth round last year in anticipation of Everett being too expensive to retain, but Harris being available in the fourth was too good to pass up this year. Harris is an elite athlete and both Sean McVay and tight end coach/passing game coordinator Wes Phillips have made him an emphasis of coaching this spring. He has a very high ceiling as a tight end and should be on a roster in all tight end premium dynasty leagues, if not all dynasty leagues period.|
Rams | Otis Anderson joins LA Rams Wed Jun 23, 04:45 PM
Undrafted rookie free-agent RB Otis Anderson (Central Florida) signed an undisclosed contract with the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday, June 23.
|Footballguys view: The Rams have a talent-rich backfield, but Anderson could make the team as a scatback for the offense and a return man on special teams. Anderson is small (179 pounds) but he's shifty and can change direction on a dime. He's proven as a receiver out of the backfield (91 career catches) and can contribute as a change-of-pace back. He's a long shot for the 53-man roster but we'll monitor him in crazy deep dynasty formats.|
Rams | Jalen Ramsey smothered WRs Sat Jun 19, 10:16 PM
Los Angeles Rams CB Jalen Ramsey allowed a total of 32 receptions in 2020 and gave up fewer than 25 receiving yards 11 times.
|Footballguys view: Ramsey is still a shutdown corner and we should generally expect #1 receivers to underperform expectations any time they face the Rams. Ramsey will likely draw the assignment on Allen Robinson in Week 1. He held Robinson to four catches for 70 yards in their matchup last year.|
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Rams | Jacob Harris working at TE Wed Jun 9, 11:13 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Jacob Harris has been been making an impact as a tight end during OTAs. 'Jacob Harris is a guy that's definitely stood out,' said head coach Sean McVay. 'Just his overall speed and athleticism, you kind of feel him on the field.'
|Footballguys view: Is Harris a tight end or a wide receiver? This was a debate raging in Draft Twitter before the draft. The UCF wide receiver can play tight end is need be as he's got good size for the position. He was a slot receiver in Josh Heupel's system at UCF but didn't catch a pass in his football career until his junior season. He showed a nose for the endzone in 2020 (8 touchdowns) and 74.1 percent of his college catches went for a first down. We'll monitor Harris in deep dynasty formats just to see how he translates at the position.|
Rams | Early role for Tutu Atwell? Sun Jun 6, 09:21 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Tutu Atwell will likely be behind WR DeSean Jackson on the depth chart but should make an 'early impact on short routes and jet sweeps,' according to ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.
|Footballguys view: Atwell is a gadget player who will work his way onto the field to give defenses another thing to think about. He will work his way into the rotation as a reserve receiver behind Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Van Jefferson. Many expect the rookie second-round pick from Louisville to also be a return man as well despite having limited experience in that department.|
Rams | Jacob Harris signs rookie deal Fri Jun 4, 01:53 PM
Los Angeles Rams TE Jacob Harris on Friday, June 4, signed his four-year rookie contract, the team announced.
|Footballguys view: Harris is a size/speed threat and the fact that he was announced as a tight end at the draft shows that the Rams want to develop him in the Gerald Everett role. Tight end has a much lower bar for fantasy relevance, so he should be of interest in deep dynasty leagues and tight end premium dynasty leagues.|
Rams | Bobby Brown under contract Thu Jun 3, 05:31 PM
Los Angeles Rams fourth-round draft choice DT Bobby Brown III signed a four-year contract with the Rams Thursday, June 3. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Brown could be an instant contributor in the defensive line rotation. He's massive, but more explosive than you'd expect for a player of his size and stood out in the SEC last year enough to earn all-SEC first team honors along with Christian Barmore, who went to the Patriots with the 38th pick.|
Rams | Cooper Kupp says he's doing well Thu Jun 3, 12:36 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp said Wednesday, June 2, that it was a Morel-Lavalle'e lesion -- in which skin and tissue separate from underlying tissue -- in his knee which kept him out of the team's NFC divisional round playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers in January. Kupp added, though, that he has had no issues afterward, and is 'feeling great' as he participates in the team's offseason workouts.
|Footballguys view: Kupp is set for another strong season with the Rams and should become a favorite target of QB Matthew Stafford quickly. He saw his touchdown numbers drop from 10 in 2019 to just three touchdowns in 2020. If he grabs 90-plus passes again, for about 1,000 yards and gets a few more touchdowns (projecting 5-7 sounds about right) Kupp should play up to his current ADP of WR21 (5.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Rams | Robert Rochell inks rookie deal Tue Jun 1, 09:55 PM
Los Angeles Rams fourth-round pick Robert Rochell (Central Arkansas) signed a four-year contract Tuesday, June 1. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.Link to story
Rams | Dayan Lake catches on with LA Rams Tue Jun 1, 03:26 PM
Free-agent DB Dayan Lake (Patriots) signed an undisclosed contract with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, June 1.Link to story
Rams | Travin Howard feeling good Sun May 30, 04:17 PM
Los Angeles Rams LB Travin Howard (knee) appears to be a full participant during offseason workouts and said he is feeling good. Howard is not wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee.Link to story
Rams | LAR check in on Julio Jones Sun May 30, 12:47 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has received trade interest from the Los Angeles Rams but no deal is imminent, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
|Footballguys view: The Falcons should be moving on from Jones in the near future. Where he goes is anybody's guess. About half the league should have interest in him but at what cost? There has been rumblings the Falcons have received at least one offer that includes a first-round pick. However, most are speculating a team like the Titans could wind up with Jones for a second-rounder. Stay tuned.|
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Rams | Tutu Atwell could work as punt returner Wed May 26, 04:59 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Tutu Atwell appears to be in line to serve as the primary punt returner in 2021, according to Greg Beacham of The Associated Press.Link to story
Rams | Kareem Orr catches on with LA Rams Wed May 26, 04:54 PM
Free-agent CB Kareem Orr (Titans) signed an undisclosed contract with the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday, May 26.Link to story
Rams | Matthew Stafford not limited Mon May 24, 04:48 PM
Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford (thumb) said he is a full participant in offseason workouts even though he had a procedure on his thumb earlier this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Good news for Stafford here. The Rams are expecting Stafford to unlock their offense in ways that former starter Jared Goff could not. Fantasy GMs are taking Stafford off the board at QB13 (8.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Rams | Four draft picks signed by LAR Sun May 16, 08:57 AM
The Los Angeles Rams announced the signings of RB Jake Funk, WR Ben Skowronek, DE Earnest Brown and LB Chris Garrett to rookie contracts Sunday, May 16. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Funk is a hard-charging running back with some burst to break off chunk plays. He suffered an ACL injury to the same knee in 2018 and 2019 so durability is a concern. Funk will work primarily as a special teams player but if given the opportunity there is some natural skill that could be used on offense.|
Rams | Tutu Atwell agrees to terms Fri May 14, 06:32 PM
Los Angeles Rams second-round draft choice WR Tutu Atwell agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Rams Friday, May 14. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Atwell is explosive and can take short passes and turn them into long gains. He's incredibly small (165 pounds) but not many defenders get a chance to get a big hit on him. Atwell relies on his speed and explosiveness and lacks nuance as a route runner. Most of his snaps were from the slot, and over the last two years about 25 percent of his passes were behind the line of scrimmage. He's a gadget player but working with Sean McVay makes Atwell a player to watch.|
Rams | Brontae Harris joins Rams Thu May 13, 06:25 PM
Undrafted free-agent CB Brontae Harris (Alabama-Birmingham) signed with the Los Angeles Rams Thursday, May 13. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Rams | Colin Holba sent packing Wed May 12, 05:06 PM
Los Angeles Rams LS Colin Holba was waived Wednesday, May 12.Link to story
Rams | Matthew Orzech awarded to LA Rams Tue May 11, 04:39 PM
Free-agent LS Matthew Orzech (Titans) was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, May 11.Link to story
Rams | John Daka catches on with LA Rams Tue May 4, 04:48 PM
Free-agent DE John Daka (Jets) was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, May 4.Link to story
Rams | Max Pircher awarded to LA Rams Tue May 4, 02:23 PM
Free-agent OL Max Pircher (Italy) has been allocated to the Los Angeles Rams through the NFL's International Player Pathway Program.Link to story
Rams | Eight undrafted players joining Rams Sun May 2, 02:20 PM
Undrafted free-agent OT Alaric Jackson (Iowa), S Paris Ford (Pittsburgh), S Jovan Grant (Merrimack), WR Jeremiah Haydel (Texas State), OG Jordan Meredith (Western Kentucky), LB Max Roberts (Boston College), DT George Silvanic (Air Force) and S Troy Warner (Brigham Young) agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Rams Saturday, May 1. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.Link to story
Rams | Landen Akers signing with Rams Sat May 1, 08:28 PM
Undrafted free-agent WR Landen Akers (Iowa State) agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Rams Saturday, May 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Rams | Tutu Atwell selected by LA Rams Fri Apr 30, 09:02 PM
Louisville WR Tutu Atwell was selected by the Los Angeles Rams with the 57th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.Link to story
Rams | Rams have internal options for center void Tue Apr 27, 06:59 PM
Los Angeles Rams Cs Brian Allen and Coleman Shelton are candidates to take over at center in 2021, according to head coach Sean McVay Tuesday, April 27. McVay also said the team has some guards capable of flexing positions.Link to story
Rams | Darrell Henderson to play second fiddle? Fri Apr 23, 10:02 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson will have a 'complementary' role in the backfield behind RB Cam Akers this season, according to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic.
|Footballguys view: Akers should be a RB2 with upside for Fantasy GMs in 2021. Henderson is a high-value handcuff who can get some part-time work as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. Akers has a current ADP of RB15 (2.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Rams | Darious Williams inks RFA tender Wed Apr 21, 04:42 PM
Los Angeles Rams CB Darious Williams signed a one-year contract worth $4.766 million to remain with the team Wednesday, April 21.Link to story
Rams | LA Rams ink Corey Bojorquez Tue Apr 20, 03:10 PM
Free-agent P Corey Bojorquez (Bills) signed an undisclosed contract with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, April 20.Link to story
Rams | Tyrique McGhee let go Mon Apr 19, 05:23 PM
Los Angeles Rams S Tyrique McGhee was waived Monday, April 19.Link to story
Rams | Terrell Burgess targeting Week 1 Sat Apr 17, 09:33 PM
Los Angeles Rams DB Terrell Burgess (ankle) said he will 'for sure' be ready for Week 1 of the 2021 season.Link to story
Rams | Coleman Shelton signs tender Thu Apr 8, 04:07 PM
Los Angeles Rams exclusive rights free-agent C Coleman Shelton signed his one-year tender offer Wednesday, April 7. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Rams | Coleman Shelton let go Wed Apr 7, 05:30 PM
Los Angeles Rams exclusive rights free-agent G Coleman Shelton had his tender terminated Wednesday, April 7, and is now a free agent.Link to story