Don't think Scott Wells is in any trouble. Remember the Rams lost two guards to free agency in Chris Williams and Shelley Smith.
Yeah, I saw that last night. Fisher likes collecting ends. And he has kept five in the past. Trouble is, Chris Long, Robert Quinn, William Hayes, and Eugene Sims are all but locks. And you've got to keep an eye on Ethan Westbrooks, who could play end at this level. Long story short, it's not a slam dunk for Sam by any means.
Rams have kept nine in the past. We'll see what happens.
He looks like he has more upper-body strength. We'll see how he looks later this week when OTAs are open to the media.
No, usually ACLs, barring any complications can heal in eight or nine months. Long obviously won't be ready for OTAs, and probably will miss much of camp.
Hard Knocks is entertaining, there's no doubt. But Fisher seemed pretty convinced a couple of weeks ago that the team would not be on Hard Knocks. They've already got one potential distraction in Michael Sam. They don't need two.
I'm sure we will as training camp gets closer.
Interesting question. I've been off for a couple of weeks. I'll try to find out later this week. My guess, is recovery from offseason surgery.
I'm trying to think back to how the Rams handled Pettis. I believe Pettis got just as many reps, but not all were with the first unit. And when the preseason hit, I don't think any of the reps were with the 1s.
Yeah, I can see that too.
Two of what I would say are the top 3 or 4 teams in the league _ Seattle and San Francisco _ got by without strong passing games. That's the model Fisher is trying to emulate. That being said, you still need guys that can get open with some degree of consistency in the passing game, and the Rams are banking on their current crop of pass-catchers. It's a gamble, to be sure. I'm not saying Robinson is the net Orlando Pace. Pace, for one, was a pretty good pass blocker when he entered the league. Robinson is not. But I don't think Robinson's the next Jason Smith either.
I think he's got a decent chance. The Rams aren't very deep at the position.
Certainly is. And if Long's not ready for opening day in the regular season, signing Davin Joseph makes sense at guard because then you'd have to slide Robinson (or Saffold) out to tackle.
A lot of things in the passing game gave the Rams problems, particularly the deep ball and busted plays. I think to a large degree, those two things will be minimized under Williams. Williams also has a reputation for being good on third down. He has been a blitz-happy coordinator in the past; that may be minimized to a degree because of the Rams' strong front four.
None that I'm aware of. I think this is the time of year that you look at younger players at the position.
Those things are always cyclical. Now, I don't know about 11-5 in the AFC, but the NFC was clearly stronger than the AFC last season.
You can't believe everything you ready on the internet. From everything I've been told, the Rams are happy with Lankford. He played pretty well last year.
You've hit on one of the big unanswered questions coming out of the draft. Did the Rams do enough at free safety? (Especially with Lamarcus Joyner being slated for nickel back duty.) How much can Mo Alexander _ after just one year of college safety _ be expected to contribute as a rookie? Alexander was taken in the fourth round, by the way, a little better than "janitor" status.
With Donald, the Rams have a chance to elevate their d-line status from pretty good to great. The coaches estimate the team lost 10 sacks last season on plays when Quinn and/or Long got around the edge, and opposing QBs either scrambled up the middle to run for a first down or complete a pass. That will be harder to do with Donald on the roster. Even if he's the third man in the d-line rotation, he will play a lot, particularly in passing situations.
And that kind of strength means good natural level given Donald's short stature. As for bench press numbers, I'm not sure if the pro players do 225-pound bench presses as part of their training. Didn't Donald run a pretty fast 40 time at the combine as well.
Yeah, I know. I was the first one to report that.