TE Cook Says The Rams Made the Right Decision Trading for QB Foles

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Tight end Jared Cook believes the Rams have found their franchise quarterback in Nick Foles, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports.

Cook is encouraged that Foles can help him enjoy that breakthrough season. Along with his impressive arm strength, Cook praised Foles for “the leadership he brings, his swag when he enters the huddle and his positivity.”

“Hopefully, he can make all of us better,” said Cook, who finished with 52 catches for 634 yards and three touchdowns in 2014 as the Rams started unheralded backups Austin Davis and Shaun Hill in Bradford’s absence. “This is something we’ve needed the past few years — somebody to fill the mold, step in, grab the ram by the horns and say, ‘Let’s go, guys! This is our time

Reasons To Like Nick Foles

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The first few times I saw Foles play (2012 rookie year) I was pretty critical.  He looked really awkward and unathletic.  But something else stood out;  as unpolished as he was… he was making plays.  Some how the ball got into the receivers hands and some how first downs got made.  Usually, a guy like that disappears.  You might see him again as a third stringer on a losing team and then you never see him again.  But in 2013 he was back.  Game after game he got better and better.  Not being an Eagles fan, his situation there at Philly never really captured my attention, but now that he’s ours I wanted to check him out.  Here’s what I found:

  • He’s got solid college numbers.  During his Sr year at Arizona he ranked first in the Pacific-12 Conference and fifth among all NCAA Division I FBS players with an average of 352.58 yards of total offense per game.
  • He was the NFL 2013 passer rating leader
  • He was selected to the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl
  • After 3 years in the NFL he holds 3 records: 7 touchdown passes in a single-game (Tied), 27:2 TD-INT ratio, and a regular season 152.8 passer rating in a calendar month (November 2013)
  • In the last 2 years he has a record of 14-4

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  • At 6’6 245 he’s a big presence in that Rams back field

Foles has a lot to prove in St Louis, but I think this is a very positive move for the Rams.  Looking forward to 2015.  Go Rams!!!

Nick Foles: The Eagles Loss is the Rams Gain!

Highlights of the new man in town.  Enjoy!

Britt Says He Feels He’s Let Himself Down the Last Six Seasons

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Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt led the team in receiving yards in 2014 and became the first Rams wideout to surpass 700 receiving yards since Torry Holt in 2008 but to hear Britt tell it, however, it was just the latest in a series of disappointing seasons, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Last week, Britt offered glowing praise for new quarterback Nick Foles and made it clear that the receivers are building a strong rapport with him. But even if that takes shape, if the Rams’ running game takes off how they envision, there simply might not be much leeway for Britt to improve upon his 2014 production.

“There’s definitely more I feel like I can give because there’s more that I want to give and there’s more that I want to do in my career,” Britt said. “I’m going into my seventh year, I feel I let myself down the last six years. I have a chip on my shoulder this year and I’ve got a lot to prove.”

Although Britt is entering his seventh season in the league, he’s only 26, which means there could be more room for growth. He also seems to be as healthy as he has been in years, playing in all 16 games last year for the first time since his rookie season in 2009.

“I think every year I have more,” Britt said. “I always say I have more. I don’t want to leave this season saying I left something out there on the field.”

Rams Love What They See From New QB Foles So Far

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Quarterback Nick Foles is getting to know his new Rams teammates and they are getting to know him better too.

“We love him,” wide receiver Kenny Britt said Thursday after the second OTA session and first open to reporters. “Great deep ball, he puts it on the money every time.

“He can throw every pass in the book.”

Coach Jeff Fisher said Foles had a good grasp of the offense, which is important right now since he’s going against a front that was much improved last season.

Foles was 14-5 as a starter in Philadelphia and is recovered from a broken collarbone that sidelined him the last eight games of 2014.

“He’s got his hands full because we’ve got great defensive team speed and they’re doing a lot of things over there right now,” Fisher said. “We’ve just really been pleased.”

Reviewing Rams 2015 Draft Picks

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The Rams have been trying to build their offensive line for years.  They’ve thrown a ton of money into this pursuit, but with little success (Recent examples: Scott Wells and Jake Long).  So there’s little surprise that Fisher spent a majority of the Rams’ 2015 draft picks on offensive linemen.  Question is…  did he do a better job this year?

Pick #2, Round #2 – T Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin – stiff knees so he comes off the line tall, but otherwise a big dude with a lot of ability.  Havenstein wasn’t expected to be drafted until the 3rd or 4th round so Rams have high expectations for him.

Pick #3, Round #2 – OL Jamon Brown, Louisville – he’s also a big powerful guy with a lot of upside, but he’s an average athlete and can wear down late in the season.  Also expected to go much later in the draft.

Pick #5, Round #4, OL Andrew Donnal, Iowa – Not known for having strong legs and might not be able to provide the kind of push the Rams are going to need to develop a strong rushing game.

Pick #7, Round #6, G Cody Wichmann, Fresno State – thought to be able to help in the run game, but his experience at Fresno State was in a passing offense (???).  Said to be an average athlete.

It’s hard to tell if Fisher et all did good work.  As always there’s a lot of potential here, but only time will tell.  Below is a list of the Rams remaining draft picks and a short comment:

RB Todd Gurley, Georgia – elite first-round running back, but has ACL history.

QB Sean Mannion, Oregon State – set 18 school passing records, but had tons of interceptions.  He also fumbled a lot.  Arm strength said to be below pro starter level.

WR Bud Sasser, Missouri – had a great senior year, but much less productive previously.  Average athlete and does not have elite speed.

LB Bryce Hager, Baylor – solid linebacker at Baylor (thumbs up pick!!)

DE Martin Ifedi, Memphis – played well at a small college.  Should make a solid backup TE.

With the draft picks in, all that’s left is to prepare for the regular season. Hipmunk.com has St. Louis flights that can get Rams’ fans to games at home or on the road. Rams’ fans outside the area can use Hipmunk to book hotels near the Edward Jones Dome starting from $55, including five other options less than $100 per night.

Rams Send Unhappy RB Stacy to Jets For Draft Pick

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The Rams made a deal Saturday, sending unhappy running back Zac Stacy to the New York Jets.

The deal was made in exchange for the 224th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Stacy requested a trade after the Rams drafted Georgia’s Todd Gurley in the first round on Thursday night.

Stacy last season saw the bench due to increased playing time for Tre Mason. On the year Stacy ran for 293 yards, this after going for 973 yards two seasons ago.

The Rams selected Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager with the seventh-round pick acquired in the Stacy deal.

Todd Gurley the Rams Choice in Round One of the NFL Draft

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The Rams have a new running back to give the ball to, as in the first round in the NFL Draft, the team took the best running back in the draft, taking Todd Gurley.

There’s great hope for Gurley if he can stay healthy, and that’s a big if based on the backs history.

Here’s a scouting report on Gurley.

If it weren’t for the knee injury, Todd Gurley would be my first- or second-ranked player in the 2015 NFL Draft with Jameis Winston being the only other player I would consider ranking ahead of Gurley. In speaking with sources, they agree that those two are the most talented football players in the 2015 NFL Draft. Gurley could be even more physically gifted and rare, but the importance of a quarterback would lean toward Winston being ranked No. 1. In my opinion. Gurley is the best running back to enter the NFL since Adrian Peterson in 2007.

Gurley burst onto the scene in the SEC during 2012. He had a superb debut to lead the Bulldogs’ ground game as he averaged 6.2 yards per carry for 1,385 yards with 17 touchdowns. In the SEC Championship, the freshman ran for 122 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns against Alabama’s tough defense that won the National Championship.

Gurley was awesome when healthy in 2013. The sophomore averaged six yards per carry for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had 30 receptions for 344 yards and five touchdowns.

In 2014, Gurley started the season well by destroying a very good Clemson defense. He finished that game with 198 yards on 15 carries with three touchdowns rushing to go along with a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown. Gurley was later suspended for four games for signing autographs. Sources with multiple teams told WalterFootball.com that the suspension won’t hurt Gurley’s draft stock. They say that this is more tyrannical NCAA nonsense. League contacts say their character reports on Gurley are strong. They say he’s a good kid who loves football.

Gurley’s 2014 season ended early in his return to the field against Auburn, which had seen him quickly pick up where he left off. The junior ran for 128 yards on 29 carries with a touchdown. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown, but it was called back on a penalty. Even though Georgia was up 27-7 with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Gurley was still in the game running between the tackles and while being tackled, he tore an ACL. In 2014, Gurley averaged 7.4 yards for 911 yards with nine touchdowns. He had 12 receptions for 57 yards.