Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley is expected to start training camp on Non-Football Injury list, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports via Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
Rapoport notes that this was the team’s plan when the drafted him, and they can take him off the list whenever he is fully ready.
There have been no reports about a setback with Gurley’s knee throughout the offseason. The team was noncommittal about Gurley being ready for camp, but coach Jeff Fisher did say in “you could probably assume” Gurley will play sooner than you think.
A couple of great kick start quotes from ESPN’s Nick Wagoner:
@nwagoner: One of the most obvious things during organized team activities (OTAs) was how much further along the Rams were defensively than they were a year ago. It’s imperative for them to get off to a fast start and be more consistent but it doesn’t seem like there’s going to be as many growing pains this time out. In fact, Williams made it a point to say near the end of OTAs that he’s been able to both weed out things he doesn’t feel work and add things he think will work. Big things are expected of this defense this year and with good reason. But once again, it’s their job to finally deliver on a consistent basis.
@nwagoner:Nothing is set in stone right now, especially at center but the Rams seem to like the idea of something like this (from left to right): Greg Robinson, Rodger Saffold, Barrett Jones, Jamon Brown and Rob Havenstein. Jones still has a lot of learning to do; Tim Barnes could get the nod because of experience and it’d be unwise to rule out Demetrius Rhaney. That competition will play out through training camp and the preseason. At right guard, don’t be surprised if Garrett Reynolds gets a chance should Brown have any miscues. Reynolds worked at left guard with Saffold sitting out team portions of OTAs and offers a veteran solution if Brown takes a little while to develop.
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
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
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!!!
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.”