Random Ramsdom: August 6: St. Louis Rams.....Preseason Football Begins

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Rams play their first preseason game Thursday against the Cleveland Browns. The dog days of summer will soon be over...........33 days till the Rams home opener! TST has got you covered, right through to the opening kickoff.

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Talk about paying attention to detail...............

Bill Belichick appears to be softening his stance towards the media........................

"Reporter: Without being too specific and getting too personal —

Belichick: I don't think you need to worry about that, but I appreciate the warning."

Top 25 Players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Bleacher Report

This past weekend, the Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomed it's 2013 class. Of the players already enshrined, BR names a sack master as the top player in the Hall - Mr. David "Deacon" Jones.

5 St. Louis Rams Players With Something To Prove In 2013 NFL Season: Rant Sports NFL

Sam Bradford, Alec Ogletree, Janoris Jenkins, Robert Quinn and Jake Long all make the list.........and all for different reasons.

The Tree Of Thompson: Grantland

Bill Barnwell believes Packers GM Ted Thompson has created the blueprint for rebuilding an NFL franchise. Looks like Jeff Fisher and Les Snead have designed a completely different blueprint. Can the Rams' "blueprint" lead to a Super Bowl berth in the coming seasons?

Pay Cut or Be Cut: The Reality of August Football: Over The Cap

As 90 man rosters pare down in August, many mid-tier NFL veterans will feel the crunch - of teams managing the salary cap for opening day.

"There is only one answer most players can give to the question "Either you will take this pay cut or you will be cut".

Stat Facts Of The Week - Scoreability

Rank


Team


Yds


Pts


SCOR


1

New England

6846

557

12.29

2

Chicago

4962

375

13.23

3

Denver

6366

481

13.23

4

N.Y. Giants

5687

429

13.26

5

Green Bay

5751

433

13.28

6

San Diego

4756

350

13.59

7

Cincinnati

5323

391

13.61

8

Seattle

5610

412

13.62

9

Washington

6131

436

14.06

10

Atlanta

5906

419

14.10

11

Baltimore

5640

398

14.17

12

Minnesota

5385

379

14.21

13

New Orleans

6576

461

14.26

14

Houston

5941

416

14.28

15

San Francisco

5791

397

14.59

16

Tampa Bay

5820

389

14.96

17

Tennessee

5010

330

15.18

18

Pittsburgh

5326

336

15.85

19

Dallas

5994

376

15.94

20

Buffalo

5486

344

15.95

21

Carolina

5771

357

16.17

22

Indianapolis

5799

357

16.24

23

Cleveland

5028

302

16.65

24

Arizona

4209

250

16.84

25

N.Y. Jets

4787

281

17.04

26

Miami

4984

288

17.31

27

Detroit

6540

372

17.58

28

St. Louis

5264

299

17.61

29

Jacksonville

4788

255

18.78

30

Oakland

5504

290

18.98

31

Philadelphia

5667

280

20.24

32

Kansas City

5108

211

24.21

Scoreability measures an entire teams ability to turn yards into points, with a simple equation: Offensive Yards/Total Points Scored = Yards Per Point Scored (YPPS). The lower the YPPS, the more efficiently a team scores points. The Rams ranked 28th in the league last year in this statistical index.

[The chart is courtesy of ColdHardFootballFacts.com]

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Canada's 10 Strangest, Crudest, and Rudest Town Names: Reader's Digest

Up here in Canada, we take great pride in the naming of our towns..............take a peek and see for yourself!

Best And Worst Contracts: St. Louis Rams: Over The Cap

Part of a series on all 32 NFL teams - Over The Cap identified, and analyzed, the best and worst contracts on each team. The Rams' best? Jake Long. The worst? Jared Cook.

"In the last few years the Rams have become a team of over spenders, both on their own players and outside players. To some extent I think this is a calculated risk that the Rams are taking."

Will injuries change the NFC West?: SB Nation

TST's Ryan Van Bibber takes a look at how injuries to significant players - on both the 49'ers and Seahawks - may impact the NFC West divisional title race. Can the Rams make things interesting by scoring over 20 points a game?

St. Louis Rams are building a contender in the tough NFC West: NFL.com

Ian Rapoport spent a day with the Rams this past week, and offers his thoughts on the emerging, youthful team. Watch out for the defensive front seven, and get ready to hear a lot of players names for the Rams' offense.

Rookie Highlight Reel: Alec Ogletree

Alec Ogletree Official UGA Highlight Tape (via Sean Tigallo)

On This Day In Sports History

1890 - Denton "Cy" Young pitches and wins his 1st major league baseball game.

Cardinals have big plans for Patrick Peterson on offense: Pro Football Talk

There is no denying the versatility of Tavon Austin - and the Rams plan to use him in multiple ways. St. Louis plays Arizona twice this season. The Rams will see a lot of versatility in Patrick Peterson - playing cornerback, returning punts, catching passes, and rushing the football.

Percy Harvin injury hurts, but Seattle Seahawks still elite: Shutdown Corner

Know your enemy. The Rams are in the toughest division in the NFL - and Seattle may be the biggest hurdle to overcome in the quest for a playoff spot.

Rams can fly, but will they block?: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jeff Gordon shares his observations from Saturday's Fan Fest Session. The Rams have shown how fast they can fly across the field, and the offense looks like it will have playmaking ability. The big question:

"Can the Rams block consistently enough to take a big step forward?"

NFC West Preview: Bold 2013 Predictions: ESPN NFC West

Both Meril Hoge and Herm Edwards of ESPN pick Seattle to win the division. The key to the Rams challenging for the division title? A better record at home (4-4 in 2012).

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The Pressers

Jeff Fisher Press Conference - July 31

Jeff Fisher Press Conference - August 1

Jeff Fisher Press Conference - August 2

Jeff Fisher Press Conference - August 3

Sam Bradford Press Conference - August 3

Jeff Fisher Press Conference - August 5

All press conference links are courtesy of the Rams Official Website - stlouisrams.com

Inside The Huddle - Jeff Fisher, Rams HC: ESPN (Radio)

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher talks about Sam Bradford and what to expect this season.

Tavon Austin Helmet Cam Video: Rams Official Website

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St. Louis Rams Weekly "Re-Cap"

The Rams Available Cap Space remains at $139,088, lowest in the NFL. They will have some maneuvering to do in the coming weeks, to create enough cap space to navigate through the regular season.

Rams Preview: Don't Say We Didn't Warn You: S.I. Monday Morning Quarterback

MMQB previews the Rams, letting everyone know that.............

"The mission of this report is to prevent people from saying in December that "nobody saw the Rams coming."

Camp Confidential: San Francisco 49ers: Mike Sando - ESPN

Know your enemy [part 2]. Mike Sando spent two days at the 49ers camp this past week. While still a formidable opponent, the mounting injury toll raises some doubts about the 49ers ability to defend their NFC West crown.

Rams Fan Fest 2013: The Wraps Come Off Tavon Austin And the Offense: RamsHerd

RamsHerd provides some interesting observations from the just concluded Fan Fest.

"Tavon Austin does the classic Top Gun move... Puts on the brakes, TJ McDonald as the MiG flies right by."

How Les Snead Built a Contender out of the St. Louis Rams: Bleacher Report

The Rams sent the #2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft to the Washington Redskins. Here is what Les Snead has done with the resulting picks [with a first round pick in 2014 yet to come]:

Year Round Player Position Team
2012 First Michael Brockers Defensive Tackle Louisiana State
2012 Second Janoris Jenkins Cornerback Northern Alabama
2012 Second Isaiah Pead Running Back Vanderbilt
2012 Fifth Rokevious Watkins Offensive Tackle South Carolina
2013 First Alec Ogletree Linebacker Georgia
2013 Third Stedman Bailey Wide Receiver West Virginia
2013 Sixth Zac Stacy Running Back Vanderbilt

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The St. Louis Rams Other Dynamic Rookie: Ramblin' Fan

Tavon Austin is the Rams' most dynamic rookie.........but Alec Ogletree is not far behind. Look for both to have an immediate impact on the field for the Rams.

Young Rams generating buzz: ESPN

John Clayton visited the Rams training camp, learning that the defense is the "real deal", how the Rams are "managing" Jake Long, and that the Rams can "fly".

With preseason looming, much to sort through for Rams: Jim Thomas - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Most of the starting jobs are already settled for the Rams. There are, however, question marks in many of the units that will need to be addressed in the next three weeks.

Nobody Does Details Like Jeff Fisher: Rams 101

Is Jeff Fisher a "throw back" head coach? One thing is for sure - the Rams will be well-prepared for every game this coming season.

"Luck is where preparation meets opportunity."

2014 St. Louis Rams 3 Round Mock Draft - Ramfan 1313 - With Links

1A - Kyle Van Noy - OLB - BYU

1B - David Yankey - OT/G - Stanford

2 - Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix - S - Alabama

3 - Tim Jernigan - DT - Florida St.

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Rams notebook: Second-year safety McLeod is working to move up the depth chart......: St .Louis Post-Dispatch

Rodney McLeod has had an impressive offseason and training camp. Will it be enough to leapfrog T.J. McDonald and Darian Stewart for a starting role in the Rams' secondary?

5 Things We've Learned From Training Camp So Far: Bleacher Report

Janoris Jenkins and Jared Cook - they will be high-impact players this year. T.J. McDonald looks like a starter. Who is the Rams' top guy at running back? The learning process continues........

Rams reset after "phase one": Nick Wagoner - ESPN

There are 15 things we know about the Rams now that "phase one" of training camp is over. The rest will come pretty fast:

"Things are going to go fast," Fisher said. "And now we’ve got to get game ready, get the guys ready to play football."

Evening Rams' Practice Notes: Nick Wagoner - ESPN

Nick Wagoner was on the scene at Monday's practice, and shares his notes and observations on a team eager to get on the field for the first preseason game Thursday vs. Cleveland.

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In Other Sports News

Tiger Woods wins Bridgestone Invitational for eighth time: CBS Sports

In a prelude to this weeks PGA Championship, Tiger Woods blew away the field at the Bridgestone Invitational - by roaring to a 7 stroke victory. Tiger served notice that this may be the week his major championship drought ends.

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Holt Joins Bruce as Rams' Receivers Get Invaluable Guest Coaching: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bruce provides presence for young Rams: Nick Wagoner - ESPN

If you want to show the young receivers how to win and play the game......what better way than to bring in two icons from the famed GSOT days?

St. Louis Rams Offensive Identity Should Be Revealed This Week: Rams 101

With the playbook mostly installed, the Rams will be giving us a taste of what is to come during their first preseason game on Thursday. The new-look, "spread em' out" offense.

Coach O's Rams Training Camp Report - August 5: Rams News Now

Thoughts from Coach O on the Rams' August 5 practice.

Speed Kills: St. Louis Rams Quickly Becoming NFL's Fastest Team: Rant Sports NFL

The youngest team, the fastest team, the most exciting team..........and soon maybe the best team??

Blast From The Past - R&B Tuesday - Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness

Otis Redding 1967 - Try a little tenderness (via TheNumberonechannel)

Have a great Tuesday and a Ramtastic week!!

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