So, is everyone else still trying to get that peculiar taste out of your mouth that festered all last week? First Sam Bradford is likened to a "bad quarterback," then we learn that Jason Smith seems set to reaffirm his starting role. Not even to mention that two of the most recognizable and highly paid Ram stars kick back with an ice cold Natty Light. Where does it end?
You may take solace in the fact that Justin King had a try out with the Indianapolis Colts on Friday. Good for him. Well, that's about it unless you want some awesome, new Rams chatter. Oh, you do? Then hop to the links, after the jump...
Can we take the Rams lease hysteria down a notch, please? That is Bernie's one request as speculation over the future of the team reaches an all time high. For fans, rationality and patience are important virtues to have as this matter plays itself out, but there are several bureaucratic issues that the city of St. Louis and the CVC must overcome, as well. Unfortunately, all leverage belongs to the Rams, largely due to an escape clause made in 1995 that was "incomprehensibly stupid."
As of May 7, nearly 260 UDFA's were signed to contracts by NFL teams. Grading round eight of the NFL draft less than a month after the fact is impossible; however, that didn't stop NFL.com's Gil Brandt, who ranks the St. Louis Rams' class as the best in the league. Evidently, rookie free agents are more attracted to opportunities where they have a chance to play.
Wide receiver, Danario Alexander just can't catch a break. At Wednesday's OTA's, he again was sidelined with leg troubles, specifically his hamstring. Softli calls DX a "starter and heavy contributor when healthy," but it will take actual, immediate results to win over Jeff Fisher and Les Snead.
The only position as open for the taking as outside linebacker is offensive left guard. No one knows who will start opposite of RG Harvey Dahl, but Jeff Fisher says that player is already on the team. Candidates include holdover Bryan Mattison, free agency addition, Quinn Ojinnaka and rookie Rokevious Watkins.
Sando points out that the Rams have gotten much younger on both sides of the ball - cutting ties with many seasoned veterans. In fact, they may be the youngest team in the league after all the cuts are made.
Even with the Rams stadium situation currently stuck in limbo, it's still necessary to consider what both renovations/upgrades and a brand new home would cost. New York, Indianapolis and Dallas have all rebuilt within the last three years, while Minnesota has a plan in place to do so. The current average cost of a new NFL stadium is more than three time that of the Edward Jones Dome in 1995.
ESPN's NFC West blogger offers three potential second-year players whose production may take a nosedive 2012. Each one excelled in their rookie year, but teams will now be keying in on them. The good news? None of them play for the Rams..
The PostDispatch's Jim Thomas stops in to chat about what's going on with the Rams. Topics include just about everything that you can think of, including Jeff Fisher, position battles and the Dome situation.
What's better than a good old fashioned rap battle? How about one featuring two of the most highly coveted running backs in this past draft class? Watch the Giants' David Wilson and the Rams' Isaiah Pead take their talents to the microphone at NFLPA's Rookie Premiere. Maybe I'm impartial, but I feel like Pead had something going there.