Random Ramsdom, 7/23: Training camp gears up

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Training camp kicks into full gear, with the veterans reporting to camp this week. To follow the daily action, TST is the place to be. We've got you covered: with stories, highlights, and reports from Rams Park. Enjoy what promises to be an exciting training camp and preseason!

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Do you think Michael Brockers is excited about getting down to business at training camp?

Rams Report: TE Kendricks, DT Cudjo, and S Daniels will open camp on the PUP list: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A player who is unable to take part in training camp practices (as a result of football related injuries), may be assigned to the preseason PUP list. Players on the list may be moved back to the active roster at any time. To qualify, a player must not have taken the field for a practice at training camp.

Rams Rookies Get To Work: Rams Official Website

32 rookies, and 4 players from last years practice squad, took part in the Rams first practice Monday.

Here's How the Rams Spread The Money Around: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

That Kevin Demoff is one smart football executive. Another example of the strategies used by the Rams to manage the salary cap:

As part of his salary cap management, executive vice president Kevin Demoff tries to avoid having too many core playersโ€™ contracts expire in any one year.

Breaking Down the Most Exciting Rookies to Watch in 2013 Training Camps: Bleacher Report

No surprise here. Tavon Austin may be the most exciting rookie to watch this summer........in any training camp.

Top 10 Most Overrated NFL Players For 2013: Walter Football

Two players from the Rams [Jake Long and Jared Cook] are featured on Walter's list. Both were signed by the Rams as free agents in the off season. Long makes the list due to ongoing injury concerns. In Cook's case, elite athleticism has overshadowed mediocre production and development. Will they be underrated by seasons end?

Franchise values could spark major changes to ownership structures: Pro Football Talk

NFL franchises are becoming more and more valuable. Will family/individual ownership become a thing of the past, replaced by corporate ownership and shareholders?

Big question is how much Rams change: Bernie Miklasz - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

How much change will occur in the Rams offense this season?

"The Rams are belatedly joining the modern age of offense.

The only remaining question is how far head coach Jeff Fisher and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer are prepared to go in transforming the Ramsโ€™ identity.

We could see a moderate change, a dramatic change or a radical change."

Rookie Highlight Reel: T.J. McDonald

Ultimate TJ McDonald Highlights | HD (via TheFootballman175)

2013 St. Louis Rams Training Camp Preview Guide: St. Louis Rams Football Team

In case you missed it on TST last week, here is the St. Louis Rams 2013 Training Camp Preview. It's chock-full of information, schedules, previews, statistics, and player notes. A handy guide for following the Rams throughout training camp.

Nixon: Ball's in Kroenke's court on Dome talks: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is willing to play ball with Rams owner Stan Kroenke regarding the future of the Edward Jones Dome...............and letting Kroenke throw the "first pitch".

Green Bay Packers Record Profit Of $54.3 million, Up 26 Percent: Sports Business Daily

The Packers are the only team in the NFL that is not privately owned. Shareholders own the team, and financial results are made public once yearly. The Packers profitability is indicative of the substantial returns NFL owners are benefiting from, since the new CBA was implemented in 2011.

CBA not as bad as advertised for NFLPA and players: Pro Football Talk

Many think the NFL (and the owners) won, by a landslide, in labor negotiations that resulted in the 2011 CBA. Mike Florio presents 10 reasons, from the perspective of the NFLPA, that argues the players did better than the conventional wisdom suggests.

Stat Facts Of The Week: Ten Plus Wins - Sporting Charts

Season

10+ Win Teams

% of Teams

1990

9

32.1%

1991

12

42.9%

1992

11

39.3%

1993

8

28.6%

1994

8

28.6%

1995

8

26.7%

1996

9

30.0%

1997

9

30.0%

1998

10

33.3%

1999

8

25.8%

2000

12

38.7%

2001

11

35.5%

2002

9

28.1%

2003

13

40.6%

2004

9

28.1%

2005

13

40.6%

2006

8

25.0%

2007

11

34.4%

2008

10

31.3%

2009

10

31.3%

2010

13

40.6%

2011

9

28.1%

2012

13

40.6%

Total

233

33.0%

Average

10.13

The accompanying chart presents the number of teams who have achieved at least 10 wins in the last 23 seasons. An average of 10 teams - per season have won at least 10 games during that span of time. Given the 12 team playoff format, a 10 win season is a good benchmark for teams that have playoff aspirations. Last season, all 12 teams who made the playoffs had records with at least 10 wins. Can the Rams win 10 games this year? Will 10 wins be enough to secure a playoff berth?

Rams Weekly "Re-Cap"

As of July 23, the Rams' Available Cap Space figure is $214,088, lowest in the NFL. The Rams need to create close to 2.6 million in cap space before the season begins. (please click on link)

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More Wins Will Require More Points: Bernie Miklasz - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

You score more points than your opponent.....you win. Seems simple enough. Miklasz offers 6 ways the Rams can narrow the points-scored gap in 2013.

Rams Training Camp Roster: Jim Thomas - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jim Thomas presents the updated 90 man training camp roster. Only 14 players on the current roster were with the Rams before the hiring of Jeff Fisher.

3 Reasons Why the St. Louis Rams Could Win the NFC West: Rams 101

The Quarterbacks, Running Backs, and Turnover Margins of the 4 NFC West teams are what could allow the Rams to win the NFC West.

Are Tavon Austin's Expectations Being Set Too High?: Ramblin' Fan

Between 600-850 yards receiving, 1,000 all-purpose yards, and 6 touchdowns should be considered a success for the first year playmaker, according to Ramblin' Fan. Are those projected numbers too low? Realistic? Please share your thoughts on what we should expect from Tavon Austin this year.

On This Day In Sports History

1925 - Lou Gehrig, of the New York Yankees, hit the 1st grand slam home run of his career. His 23 career grand slams are tied for the most in major league baseball history.

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The Complete St. Louis Rams Training Camp Guide: Bleacher Report

Steven Gerwel offers up his version of the Rams 2013 training camp guide.

St. Louis Rams' 5 Most Irreplaceable Players: Rant Sports NFL

Sam Bradford, Jake Long, Tavon Austin, James Laurinaitis, and Chris Long make the list of players that could not be replaced on the Rams roster. The most difficult to replace? My vote: Sam Bradford.

2013 Jaws QB ranking: West against best: ESPN NFC West

Mike Sando takes a look at how quarterbacks from the NFC West fared against the QB's listed above them in Ron Jaworski's 2013 Quarterback Rankings.

Super Bowl Rings and the Overpricing of the Quarterback: Over The Cap

Joe Flacco may be the best example of a team "overpaying" their quarterback, once they helped their team to a Super Bowl victory. A food-for-thought article that might have implications for the Rams - in re-signing Sam Bradford at some point in the not-too-distant future.

NFC West Preseason Capsules: The Associated Press

A brief look at the four teams in the NFC West: important additions and losses, camp needs, and expectations.

Every player in every camp will provide blood sample HGH population study: Pro Football Talk

"The sample will be used to "determine the proper decision limit for a positive test" for HGH, and the study will be supervised by Dr. Alan Rogol, M.D., Ph.D, who has been jointly hired by the NFLPA and NFL."

How many players in the NFL still use Human Growth Hormone? Are we about to find out how many? And who they are?

Blast From The Past - Classic Rock Tuesday - Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin - Kashmir (Live Video) (via RhinoEntertainment)

Please have a great Tuesday and a Ramtastic week!


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