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Random Ramsdom: July 16, 2013: St. Louis Rams And Around The NFL

The countdown is on! There are only five days until training camp begins! At TST, we've got you covered, with all the daily news, analysis, and highlights, from what promises to be the most exciting Rams training camp in many a year.




Former Bengals cheerleader wins lawsuit against website: Shutdown Corner

A cautionary tale for all of us who post and comment? According to Shutdown Corner, Sarah Jones has won $338,000 in a lawsuit against the website "The Dirty". The lawsuit was related to a story (and comments) from 2009, "The Dirty Bengals Cheerleader".

"The key issue in this case, however, is whether websites can be held liable for what their users write in comments."

2013 NFL Preview: NFC West:

Chris Burke gives us his take on the NFC West. Alec Ogletree will be the "Breakout Player" for the Rams this year, and vie for defensive ROY honors. In a division where Safety play is critical to success, every team except Seattle has question marks at the position going into the 2013 season. The Rams will be competitive, and stay in the race for a postseason berth right up until the end of the season. Who do YOU think will be the Rams "Breakout Player" this year?

Nixon's the one for Rams talks: Bryan Burwell - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bryan Burwell gives his thoughts regarding the stadium issue: the Rams are not moving, there will be a new stadium coming, and it is good news that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is "running point" on stadium talks with Rams owner Stan Kroenke.

On This Day In Sports History

July 16, 1941 - Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees hit safely in his 56th straight game. The last game of his hitting streak, it is a record that still stands.

Predicting Final 2013 Stats for Every Meaningful NFL Running Back: Bleacher Report

Darryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead are the Rams "meaningful" running backs for 2013, with one coming oh-so-close to 1000 yards rushing for the season. Given the expected committee approach, can a Rams running back reach 1000 yards rushing this year?

2014 NFL Mock Draft: WalterFootball

It's never too early to mock a draft. The Rams select a safety and defensive tackle with their 2 first round picks, completing a young, dominant defense. The second round pick envisions Rodger Saffold leaving the Rams via free agency.

Position Breakdown: Safety: Ramblin' Fan

Safety will be one of the more hotly contested positions in training camp, especially if the Rams decide to keep only 4 on the 53 man roster. One thing is certain: the Rams will have a completely different look in their deep secondary this season.

Stat Facts Of The Week: Points scored differential with 11-5 records or better

odds chart

Stats don't get any simpler than this. You outscore your win. The accompanying chart (from National Football Post) presents every team that's gone at least 11-5 over the last five seasons. The average - point differential - per game indicates how much each team outscored their opponent on average. The 2012 Indianapolis Colts were the only team outscored by their opponents in that 5 season span.


The Role of Age in the Success of the NFL Quarterback: Over The Cap

Sam Bradford turns 26 years of age on November 8th of this year. If he progresses as expected in 2013, should the Rams be looking to extend his contract sooner than later? This food-for-thought article might just convince you of the merits of doing so.

"In a perfect world teams should be extending their QB’s at the ages of 25 or 26 and setting up contracts with exit strategies in the early 30's."

St. Louis Rams Training Camp Profile: Ray Ray Armstrong: Rant Sports NFL

Will Ray Ray Armstrong crack the 53 man roster as an OLB and Special Teams player? Les Snead likes what he sees so far. Ray Ray will be one of the more intriguing players fighting for a spot on the roster during training camp.

Kicking back as franchise deadline nears: Mike Sando - ESPN

The deadline for signing NFL franchise players to long-term contracts passed at 4 pm ET Monday. As Sando notes, the deadline was of no consequence to any NFC West teams, as no team within the division applied the franchise tag to a player.

Rams Weekly "Re-Cap"

As of July 16, the Rams' Available Cap Space figure is $214,088, lowest in the NFL.


Comparing Stafford's new deal with other NFL Quarterback's: Detroit Free Press

Dave Birkett breaks down the contracts for the expected starting QB's for all 32 teams. Matthew Stafford's new 3 year contract extension moves Sam Bradford's old CBA rookie contract down to 10th in average-per-year. The Rams are still at a disadvantage with respect to the other teams in the NFC West. Bradford's average-per-year of 13.0 million is 3 million higher than the COMBINED average-per-year of Carson Palmer, Colin Kaepernick, and Russell Wilson.

5 St. Louis Rams Players Who Will Surprise In Training Camp: Bleacher Report

Three returning players and two rookies comprise the list, and all are on the offensive side of the football: Daryl Richardson, Austin Pettis, Brian Quick, Barrett Jones and Stedman Bailey. Please share your thoughts on who YOU believe will surprise in training camp.

Pressure high for NFC breakthrough players: The Sports Xchange

Being touted as a "breakthrough player" comes with enough pressure all on its own. Being in your rookie year at the same time just heightens the pressure. Tavon Austin has given every indication that he is well-suited to handling (and rising above) all of the conjecture.

Blast From The Past - Classic Rock Tuesday

Led Zeppelin - Over The Hills And Far Away - Madison Square Garden 1973 - HD (via tokairock, You Tube)

Please have a great Tuesday and a Ramtastic week!!