Random Ramsdom, 4/17: St. Louis Rams Have Fourth-Toughest 2012 Schedule

The St. Louis Rams will get no breaks from the NFL schedule makers this season.

Clear off your calendar for the morning, no, the whole day. Hell, you better just cancel as much as much as you can until the week after next. The 2012 NFL Draft is slightly more than a week away, and the information is rolling in nonstop. This afternoon, the NFL has an appetizer planned with the release of the 2012 schedule, which already looks like a rough one for the Rams. "Voluntary" offseason workouts start today at Rams Park as well, and we'll have news and reaction from there.

A smattering of links for your clicking pleasure this morning. Dig in. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @TurfShowTimes and don't forget to hit us up on Facebook as well.

2012 NFL schedule - Rams have it tough - The NF L will release the 2012 schedule this afternoon. Teams already know who they will play at home and on the road, and the Rams have a really tough schedule this year. In fact, according to John Clayton, they have the fourth-toughest schedule in the league this year. Nothing's easy.

2012 simple requests - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Mike Sando grapples with the best, and worst, possible scenarios for the Rams' 2012 schedule. Avoiding Buffalo and Chicago in December would be one nice break. They could get their bye week following the London game, if precedent holds.

Nevada MLB James-Michael Johnson visits the Rams

Another linebacker was in town recently, visiting the Rams ahead of the 2012 NFL Draft. Known as a run-stuffer, the 6'1" 241 lbs Johnson wowed scouts at his school pro day. He profiles as a third- or fourth-round pick.

Gregg Williams in right place, right time to help tornado victim - Gregg Williams, suspended indefinitely by the NFL, has been vilified for his role in the Saints' "bounty" program. Off the field, though, he is being hailed for helping out a community hard-hit by a tornado.

Rams start "voluntary" workouts Tuesday - Jeff Fisher gets to see his new team in action for the first time today. The players will be on the field in shorts and helmets for a round of voluntary workouts, with coaches allowed to be there with them. Under terms of the new CBA, offseason work was reduced dramatically. This will be the first on-field exposure players get for the new playbooks on offense and defense.

Rich Saul, LA Rams center who reached 6 Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl, dies - Rich Saul, a six-time Pro Bowl center who played on the only Los Angeles Rams team to reach the Super Bowl, died on Monday. Saul was the man who snapped the ball to Vince Ferragamo, and a the centerpiece of one of the league's best offensive lines of the era.

Draft team needs: St. Louis Rams - Pete Prisco at CBS takes a look at the Rams team needs. Guess what? The Rams need everything, except a starting quarterback, a middle linebacker and two top pass rushers.

Vontaze Burfict has no meetings with NFL teams - The fall of the house of Burfict continues. The troubled Arizona State linebacker was once considered a first-round pick, a viable option for teams in search of the next tough as nails middle linebacker. Now, he doesn't even have any pre-draft visits scheduled with NFL teams, and could go undrafted.

'Before the Beginning' with Chris Polk - Chris Polk's first carry as a running back came at age 6, when he broke loose for a touchdown. Athlete Interactive chronicles the record-setting Washington Husky, who has been running toward his dream of playing in the NFL ever since.

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