Random Ramsdom: The NFL Schedule Is Released. No Breaks For The Rams

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 NFL schedules were released on Wednesday. The Rams didn’t catch any breaks...but hey, what’s new?

The St. Louis Rams, along with the remainder of the NFL, were provided with their regular season schedules for the upcoming season.  Their schedule poses some very serious ups and downs, as the team will have to start strong, hold fast, and finish fierce.  It’s going to be a tough going in terms of strength of schedule, but the Rams should be used to that by now...

The Preseason Slate of Games...

And the Matchups You’ve All Been Waiting For...

Rams Have a Shot at a Good Start:  Pro Football Talk

For the Rams, a 3-0 record headed into their Week Four bye isn’t an impossible dream. To begin their season, the Rams have home games against Minnesota (Week One) and Dallas (Week Three) and a road trip to Tampa Bay (Week Two). These opponents aren’t pushovers, but they are teams the Rams can defeat on their best.

Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Has Yet to Meet With Rams:  NFL.com

There’s probably no single player who’s been mocked to the Rams at No. 13 overall than Alabama Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.  He’s met with - or will meet with - nine NFL teams...but the Rams aren’t one of them.

Clinton-Dix to the Rams makes a lot of sense. The biggest reason: The Rams' projected starting free safety right now probably would be Rodney McLeod. If you said, "Who?" when you heard that name, you wouldn't be alone.

Kiper Says Rams Could Draft Taylor Lewan at No. 2:  Detroit News

Despite being considered a step below Greg Robinson of Auburn, the upside pick, and Jake Matthews of Texas A&M, the safe pick, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said there’s a chance Lewan could be the second overall pick by the St. Louis Rams on May 8.

"In terms of going two, it’s not out of the question because if (the Rams) do take a tackle, he’s right there with Robinson," Kiper said on a conference call Wednesday. "You could make an argument he’s better than Robinson because right now he is. Robinson may have better upside, but I think Taylor Lewan right now really benefited from going back for his senior year."

Two Primetime Games in 2014:  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Rams open at home against Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings and close for the fourth time in five years at Seattle in the House of Horrors known as CenturyLink Field. They have an early bye week (Sept. 28). And once again they get two primetime games, both at home against NFC West rivals.

Rams Must Re-Assess Work With Wide Receivers:  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The most important pre-draft scouting Rams do this spring might occur right there in their own practice facility.

Do the coaches believe their enigmatic assortment of receivers and tight ends can blossom into impact performers? Or must the Rams use that second overall draft pick onSammy Watkins?

Pre-Draft Offensive Line Overview:  Ramblin’ Fan

The NFL Draft is a little more than two weeks away, and to get you guys ready for it we have been taking a look at every position on the Rams roster. Today we are going to wrap up the offensive side of the ball and discuss the offensive line. We will dicuss what the Rams have at each position, what the Rams need at each position, if they should draft somebody at each position, and lastly a group grade.

Rams’ Draft Primer:  Newsday

Click here for a quick recap of the offseason’s acquisitions, departures, and how the Rams could potentially use both of their first round picks [No. 2 and 13].

Laurinaitis Amped as Workouts Begin:  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

With the start of the offseason conditioning program Monday at Rams Park, veteran linebacker James Laurinaitis said the sense of urgency already is there for 2014.
Rock Gullickson made a good point in the weight room today.  For a lot of us that have been here for a while — myself, Sam (Bradford), Chris Long — it’s enough of, ‘Hey in the future we’re gonna be good.’

The Best Under-25 Team in the NFL:  CBS Sports

Pete Prisco put together the best NFL squad featuring nothing but players under the age of 25.  Two Rams get the nod, and it’s probably not difficult to guess who they are...

A Case for a QB in the First Round:  Ramblin’ Fan

Thanks to some vague comments from unnamed "personnel circles," the media has magically jumped on a "Johnny Manziel to St. Louis" bandwagon. With the A&M prospect projected to fit somewhere in the Top 10, the Rams would likely have to use their first first round selection, if they wanted to the services of the college phenom. Is that realistic? Doubtful. But, it does bring up an interesting topic.

Nick Wagoner’s Thoughts on the State of the Rams’ Secondary Heading Into the Draft...

Quinn, Witherspoon Aid Youth On Eight-Day Trip to Africa:  St. Louis Rams’ Official Site

Joining forces with Pros Strike for Africa and the Starkey Foundation, Quinn and teammate Will Witherspoon recently spent eight days visiting a multitude of African villages, where they fitted children with hearing aids and experienced the culture.

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