Jerry Jones Excited About The Return Of Football To Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles Rams’ return to the NFL has been met with a lot of excitement, especially for people who live in the southern California city, where they haven’t had a football team for decades. Someone else that is excited about the return of the NFL to Los Angeles is Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, whose team won its first Super Bowl under Jones at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Despite the Rams return to Los Angeles, NFL betting odds don’t have the team making the playoffs this season.

In October 1992, Jones got to watch his Cowboys defeat the Rams in a game that showcased Emmitt Smith as one of the best young running backs in the league. Smith finished the game with 152 yards and 3 touchdowns on 29 carries.

Fittingly, the first team to play the Rams after their most recent relocation back to Los Angeles is none other than the Dallas Cowboys. For Jones, playing the Rams will be special because of the role Jones played in bringing the team back to Los Angeles.

Jones, who will be sitting next to Rams owner Stan Kroenke during the game, told reporters that when owners were discussing the team’s relocation, they were thinking about what was best for the team and the NFL. Jones said Kroenke had proved his commitment to the sport and the league by spending a lot of his money to make the relocation happen and also build a new stadium in Los Angeles. The fact that the Rams also have a great history and Los Angeles being the center of the entertainment world helped with the decision-making process.

Jones said having the Rams back in Los Angeles makes it a special time for the city and the league.

Interestingly, the last time the Cowboys played the Rams, 24 players on the Cowboys roster weren’t born yet. Head coach Jason Garrett was on the team’s practice squad that season.

The Cowboys got a little taste of what it will be like when the Cowboys play the Rams on Saturday after seeing the crowds that came to watch the teams practice. Even though the practices were marred by a few fights, the crowds were large and very vocal about supporting their team.

Things are going to be even louder when the first preseason game kicks off on Saturday. The team announced the amount of the ticket that has been sold (70,000 season tickets) and made some more available for the first preseason game, which could bring the attendance up to 91,000 people which are quite impressive for a preseason game.

Garrett told reporters he doesn’t know what the atmosphere is going to be like, but he knows that everyone in Southern California is excited to have the Rams back. Garrett said he anticipates that a lot of the people will be cheering for the Rams, but he also made sure to mention that the Cowboys have been training in Oxnard, California for a while, and have their own following in California as well.

New Cowboys running back Alfred Morris said the game will be electrifying despite just being a preseason game because the fans are excited to have their team back.

Rams Plan To Use Tavon Austin More This Season

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Tavon Austin is one of the fastest and most electrifying returners in the NFL, so it makes sense that the Los Angeles Rams will try to use him in a variety of ways that can help the team win games. Even though NFL football odds don’t have the Rams making the playoffs, the coaches and players believe they have a very talented team that is capable of making a postseason run.

In addition to being the team’s best returner, the 5 feet 8 inches tall Austin was also the team’s leading receiver last season. Austin finished the year with 52 receptions and 5 touchdowns, which is quite impressive for someone his size, but it also shows that the Rams need some more help at the receiver position.

Head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that he loves the way Austin plays the game. The coach said Austin is a high energy player that is very smart, fast, explosive and a great competitor that loves the game.

After the success Austin had last year, the Rams are looking for ways to get him more involved in the offense. Last season, they occasionally put Austin in the backfield, which was effective, but the team would like to use him in more ways this year, which is something Austin is very receptive about.

Austin told reporters he is very appreciative of the coaches trying to get him more involved in the offense and is looking forward to seeing the packages they come up with. Austin also said he is all about winning games and hopes that he can do something to help the team win anytime they put the ball in his hands.

Last season, Austin averaged 9.1 yards per reception, which isn’t mind-blowing for a receiver, but considering how bad the Rams offense was last season, he could only do so much. However, Austin doesn’t consider himself a possession receiver, which is a label a lot of people have used to describe him in the past.

Austin said he doesn’t fit the definition of a possession receiver because they are used to pick up first downs. Whereas, anytime Austin gets the ball, he said his mentality is to take it in for a touchdown.

Austin, who is entering his fourth season in the league told reporters that he has always been underestimated, especially because of his small size, but he uses it to motivate himself, which in turn motivates his teammates.

Due to his size, Austin said he can’t just be on the field talking trash, he always tries to back it up just to let opponents know that size doesn’t matter, it is a player’s heart that determines how good he is.

Jeff Fisher said he is expecting Austin to take on a leadership role on the team since he is now one of the veterans on the team. Austin echoed his coach’s thoughts and added that his teammates look to him to provide a spark for the team offensively.

Even though he is only 25-year-old, Austin is one of the oldest players on the team, and he knows the younger guys will be looking up to him to help them assimilate the playbook and how to conduct themselves professionally.

Rams Coach Fisher Wants to See More of Rookie Goff with First-Team Offense

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Rams prized rookie Jared Goff had something less than an auspicious NFL debut Saturday, completing 4 of 9 passes for 38 yards and an interception in two first-half series against the Dallas Cowboys.

But coach Jeff Fisher was encouraged, so much so that it’s likely the No. 1 overall pick will get his first reps with the starters this Saturday against the Chiefs, Steve Dilbeck of ESPN.com reports.

“I’d like to get Jared some snaps with the ones at some point, and it quite likely would be this week against Kansas City,” Fisher said.

Goff is No. 2 on the Rams’ quarterback depth chart behind Case Keenum. Goff took his first reps with the starters in practice last week.

Fisher had planned to also play Goff in the third quarter against the Cowboys, but his non-throwing shoulder was sore after taking a hit, so Fisher shut him down.

“He’ll be fine,” Fisher said Sunday. “He’ll be practicing this week. There are no concerns whatsoever. There’s nothing to report as far as AC separation or things like that. He’s just a little banged up and sore, but was doing well this morning when I saw him in the training room.”

Fisher said the focus was on what Goff failed to do, with little credit given for what he did accomplish. He said a pass over the middle to Pharoh Cooper might have gone for a touchdown if the rookie receiver had held on to the ball.

“Nobody said anything about the throw,” Fisher said. “Step up in the pocket and make a great throw against a coverage which is tough to fit the ball in, and he did that. So from a coach’s standpoint, we see things differently than everybody else. And we’re seeing progress.

“You have no idea what he did on the line of scrimmage. How he checked in and out of things, changed protection. We saw a lot of good things there. The huddle, the tempo, the timing was all there. It’s just progression and that’s what we’re looking for.”

Jeff Fisher’s Mom Not Happy About Son’s Language on ‘Hard Knocks’

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Rams coach Jeff Fisher learned that after the first episode of the HBO “Hard Knocks” documentary series aired Tuesday night, capturing him using some R-rated language, Steve Dilbeck of ESPN.com reports. The next day, a phone call came.

“I got one of these yesterday, ‘Jeffrey!'” Fisher said Thursday. “This is from Mom. So I said, ‘Sorry, Mom. That’s our world. I’ll try to do better.'”

“When I hear ‘Jeffrey!’ It’s uh-oh. Something went wrong.”

The segment in question captured Fisher addressing the Rams in a morning meeting before the second day of practice. In the opening practice, star receiver Tavon Austin had been carted off when he cramped up after eating only two bananas at lunch. Then he cut receiver Deon Long for having a female guest in his room.

“Little things are important, you follow me?” Fisher said. “I am not f—ing going 7-9 or 8-8 or 9-7, OK? Or 10-6 for that matter. This team is too talented. I am not going to settle for that, OK? I know what I am doing. We had some 7-9 bulls— this morning. Now, Deon’s gone. That is 7-9 bulls—. We don’t need it.”

The Rams went 7-9 last season. Some wondered just how far he would continue his countdown, how high his expectations for this team.

“Part of the whole process is inviting them in to the meeting rooms,” Fisher said Thursday. “But there are spontaneous things that come up, that, as coaches, you have to go and address. So I addressed something that took place in the morning and wanted to get my point across. People can read into whatever they want. But that was me talking to the team as if the cameras weren’t there. I was OK with what I said.

“I stopped at that point. I could have gone on. You don’t know that I didn’t go on because there’s an edit guy there. So there’s a lot of stuff that takes place that is edited.”

Former Rams Ticket Holders Not Happy About Email Promoting New LA Rams Hats

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Former season ticket holders of the St.Louis Rams were not to happy today when they found an email containing an ad to purchase the one thing that no one in St.Louis probably wants – a Los Angeles Rams hat.

Yes, it didn’t take long for fans to get on the line with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, ticked off that they are being asked to buy the hat of a team they use to root for and attend games too.

“When I got this email, I thought at first someone was playing a sick joke on me,” one recipient wrote. “When I realized it was from the Rams, I was shocked.”

The Rams claim the emails were from an old database, one at this point they should make sure to delete and never contact again.

Rams Planning On Having QB Foles at Camp Unless They Can Find Trade Partner

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After the Rams traded up in the NFL Draft to select Jared Goff, Nick Foles was a no-show at offseason workouts.

It’s been no secret the Rams want to trade Foles but can’t find a taker.

Vinny Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News reports that barring a last-second trade, the team plans to bring him to camp and wait out a QB vacancy/trade of trade partner. It is highly unlikely though unless another team’s starter or backup goes down with an injury.

Rams RB Gurley Loving What He Sees from First Pick QB Goff

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Rams running back Todd Gurley likes what he sees in the team’s No. 1 overall pick quarterback Jared Goff, Tyler Dragon of NFL.com reports.

Gurley made an appearance on Friday’s edition of NFL Total Access and spoke highly of Goff.

“Great kid. Couldn’t ask for a better QB. We are just excited to have him (here),” Gurley said. “He’s definitely learning. He’s getting better. Just excited to play the upcoming season with him.”

Last season Gurley was one of the few bright spots for the team on offense. As a rookie he rushed for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns on his way to winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Gurley’s production last year was even more impressive because he did it despite an abysmal Rams passing attack that ranked last in the league in total yards (2,805).

Video: See a Sneak Peek at the Rams on ‘Hard Knocks’ as the NFL Returns to Los Angeles

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The Rams are the featured team on ‘Hard Knocks’ in 2016 – and here’s a quick sneak peek of what to expect for the upcoming season!