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Rams Denied Request from NFL to Wear More Throwbacks in 2018

The Rams have asked the NFL if they could wear their throwback uniforms more in 2018, and the NFL has stated they will not let them, a major letdown to many old school Los Angeles Rams fans everywhere.

Reloaded Rams Announce Joint Preseason Practices with the Baltimore Ravens

The Los Angeles Rams are a team that many eyes are going to be on as they get ready for the 2018 season and ready for training camp in about 90 days.

If you check out NetBet Sport the Rams are the favorites to repeat as the NFC West Divisional Champions in 2018, and many think after a wild card loss to the Atlanta Falcons in January this upcoming season will be the one where they take the next step forward.

The Rams had a successful offseason with adding some solid players in free agency and trades, including in the mix are defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, wide receiver Brandin Cooks, safety Marcus Peters and cornerback Aqib Talib.

In the draft a few weeks back, the team added TCU offensive tackle Joe Noteboom with their first pick in the third round, and in the fourth round grabbed two players, center Brian Allen from Michigan State and defensive end John Franklin-Myers from Stephen F. Austin.

All these players should give this team a great shot to be a top contender in the NFC this upcoming season.

They will have an early chance to see how good they are in camp, as today the Rams announced they are going to have joint training camp practices with the AFC North’s Baltimore Ravens, a team that barley missed the playoffs last season with a week 17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at home.

The practices will be hosted by the Ravens and will take place on Monday, August 6th and on Tuesday, the 7th of August.

This will lead up to the teams playing each other in Week 1 of the preseason, a game that will take place on Thursday, August 9th at M&T Bank Stadium.

“The schedule worked out in our favor where we could schedule these two practices with the Ravens,” Rams Head Coach Sean McVay said on Tuesday.

“Opportunities like this are always beneficial and it helps us evaluate our players going into the preseason.”

Times, dates, and specific location of the practices will be released to media at a later date.

It is always good to get a look at live competition early in camp, and with going up against the Ravens, it will be fun to see how the Rams match up with one of the teams in the AFC that always seem to play a very physical brand of football.

Rams Earn an ‘B-‘ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a good grade is that of the Rams, who according to Kiper got an ‘B-‘ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

It’s tough to grade this Rams draft because they only had one pick on the first two days. Their first-round pick (No. 23) is essentially wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who is already a productive NFL player but will be looking at a massive contract next offseason. If Rams GM Les Snead and coach Sean McVay gave up a first-rounder for Cooks, they better be prepared to pay up to keep him, or else that’s a bad trade. Still, consider that Cooks is just 24 years old, and no wide receivers were taken ahead of that No. 23 slot. It’s certainly possible that they got the best wide receiver available. They gave up this year’s second-round pick (No. 56) in the trade for Sammy Watkins, who they lost in free agency. That trade looks worse than the Cooks addition. The Rams spent heavily to try to upgrade their receiving corps, but there’s better value in Round 2 of the draft. Receivers James Washington and D.J. Chark were still on the board at that pick.

We also have to factor in the additions of cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, who cost late picks in this draft. They’re good players — for 2018, at least.

Joe Noteboom (pick 89), who started 40 games at TCU, at both left and right tackle, is a good developmental player for a team with an aging offensive line — left tackle Andrew Whitworth turns 37 during the season. Brian Allen (111) gives them center depth, where John Sullivan turns 33 before Week 1. I like Obo Okoronkwo (160), and Wade Phillips is going to set him loose off the edge in his 3-4. Micah Kiser (147) and Justin Lawler (244) were two more that stood out on a busy Day 3.

Snead has clearly placed an emphasis on finding underrated talent in Rounds 4-7, and he could have some finds here. I just don’t know how many of them will be able to contribute as rookies.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
3/89 Joe Noteboom OT TCU
4/111 Brian Allen C MICHIGAN STATE
4/135 John Franklin-Myers DE STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
5/147 Micah Kiser ILB VIRGINIA
5/160 Obo Okoronkwo OLB OKLAHOMA
6/176 John Kelly RB TENNESSEE
6/192 Jamil Demby OT MAINE
6/195 Sebastian Joseph DT RUTGERS
6/205 Trevon Young DE LOUISVILLE
7/231 Travin Howard OLB TCU
7/244 Justin Lawler DE SMU

Rams Four Preseason Games Announced

The NFL today announced the four preseason games for the Rams as well as the rest of the league, and below are the four games for the Rams, all of which to be played in August.

Game One – At Baltimore
Game Two – vs Oakland
Game Three – vs Houston
Game Four – at New Orleans

The NFL has announced its preseason schedule, and the Rams will have a strong slate of opponents for the four exhibition contests.

Playing the AFC West during the regular season, Los Angeles doubled up with only one Pacific time zone team for its preseason slate. The Rams will travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens in Week 1, square off against the Raiders at the Coliseum in Week 2, take on the Texans in Los Angeles for Week 3, then finish the preseason slate against the Saints in Louisiana.

Los Angeles will also face Oakland and New Orleans during the regular season. Last year, the Rams only faced one preseason opponent in the regular season in the Cowboys.

All games may be seen on KCBS and Univision/UniMas, and may be heard across the Rams Radio Network on ESPN LA 710 AM plus the simulcast on 93.1 JACK FM

Ndamukong Suh Says Rams Were Best Fit for Him in Search for New Team

Ndamukong Suh, a five-time Pro Bowl player, is excited about joining a Rams team that won the NFC West last season and, after several notable offseason moves, is regarded as a Super Bowl contender, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

“I would say we’re in pretty good shape on paper,” Suh said, “but we have a lot of things to prove, including myself.

“I always play with a chip on my shoulder. And that’s really kind of my focus, is to come in here and put in a lot of work and make sure that I prove my worth and kind of go from there.”

Suh, 31, joins a defense that includes tackle Aaron Donald — the reigning NFL defensive player of the year — and recently acquired Pro Bowl cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, among others.

Suh, who grew up in Portland, Ore., visited the Rams, the New Orleans Saints and the Tennessee Titans during a free-agent tour. He reportedly received overtures from the Seattle Seahawks and an offer from the New York Jets that was rescinded.

But the opportunity to be close to his family, to play under Phillips and McVay, and to be reunited with strength and conditioning coach Ted Rath — a former member of staffs in Detroit and Miami — tilted him toward the Rams, Suh said.

“I don’t think any decision of this magnitude is easy,” he said. “There’s a lot of other great teams that I had offers from and had an opportunity to join but I think this was the best fit for me.”

Rams Release CB Kayvon Webster

The Rams have released veteran cornerback Kayvon Webster according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The move saves the team approximately $3 million in cap space, which they need to negotiate longterm deals with wide receiver Brandin Cooks and defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Originally a third-round pick by the Denver Broncos out of South Florida in 2013, Webster drew eleven starts for the Rams in 2017 but ruptured his Achilles tendon late in the season. Webster became expendable after the Rams acquired Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs and Aqib Talib from the Denver Broncos.

Now 27 years old, Webster will have little trouble finding work elsewhere but is still rehabbing from his injury and may not be ready for the start of training camp.

Rams Grab Wide Out Brandin Cooks From the Patriots For the 23rd Pick in the Draft

The very active offseason for the Rams continued on Tuesday as the team acquired wide out Brandin Cooks from the New England Patriots for the 23rd pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

The Pats also sent a fourth-round pick (No. 136 overall) to Los Angeles and received a sixth-round pick (No. 198 overall) from the Rams.

The Rams — who had explored a trade for Odell Beckham Jr. but liked the Cooks option better — were seeking a vertical threat for second-year coach Sean McVay’s dynamic offense after Sammy Watkins joined the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency.
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The speedy Cooks, who totaled 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns for the Patriots last season, fills that void alongside Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. Cooks had 16 receptions on passes thrown 20-plus yards downfield last season, tied with DeAndre Hopkins for most in the NFL.

Cooks adds another dimension to the Rams offense, one that already is one of the most high-powered in the NFL, and looks like it’s only getting better with the offseason additions.

Rams RB Todd Gurley Excited About the Prospect of Bringing WR Odell Beckham Jr. to Los Angeles

Odell Beckham Jr., Giants star receiver, has been linked to the Rams since news broke this week that the Giants were shopping — or at least testing the market — for a playmaker seeking a mega-extension as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.

Rams running back Todd Gurley knows Beckham and would be excited, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

“Oh yeah, that’s my guy,” Gurley said at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, where he took part in an event hosted by Roc Nation, his representation firm.

Like coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead, Gurley appeared wary of saying too much about a player on another team.

But when told that McVay spoke this week about how Beckham, hypothetically, might fit into a high-powered offense that features Gurley and quarterback Jared Goff, Gurley agreed with McVay’s assessment that there are always enough snaps to keep everyone happy.

“There’s always enough snaps,” Gurley, speaking hypothetically, said with a broad grin. “There’s always enough snaps.

“If we had him, man, it would be awesome. I’d be happy, Goff will be happy, coach McVay will be happy, [owner Stan] Kroenke, the whole team would be.”

Asked whether Beckham has expressed interest to him about coming to L.A., Gurley smiled.

“Hmm, I don’t want to say all that,” he said. “That’s my boy.”