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Random Ramsdom 07/30: The Pads Come Out At Rams Training Camp

Monday's training camp workout was the first full-squad practice in pads. Now the real fun begins, as the intensity turns up and the positional battles begin in earnest. Let the hitting begin!!!

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Ray Ray Armstrong at linebacker? Sammy Brown at defensive end? Who is playing where?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sammy Brown of the Rams is working as a defensive end not a linebacker. That has been the case since late least season. Was a DE in OTAs.</p>&mdash; Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) <a href="">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Rams' Austin ready to stake claim to return job: Jim Thomas - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tavon Austin returning punts? Nothing more than a game of "throw up tackle" for him.

St. Louis Rams Training Camp Battles: Safety: Rams 101

T.J. McDonald, Darian Stewart, Matt Giordano, and Rodney McLeod are looking like the "lead horses" in this highly anticipated training camp battle. Matt Daniels isn't far behind.

Do NFC West Injuries Make St. Louis Rams Potential Division Favorites?: Rant Sports NFL

The losses of Michael Crabtree (S.F.) and Percy Harvin (Seattle) might just be enough to vault the Rams to the division title. Especially with the new offensive weapons the Rams now have in place. Can the Rams win the division?

Photo Gallery: Rams Training Camp: TST - Daniel Doelling

In case you missed it Sunday on TST, an excellent montage of photos, from our own Daniel Doelling. Many thanks to Daniel for sharing them, with those of us who can't be there at training camp.



On This Day In Sports History

1960 - In the first AFL preseason game, the Boston Patriots defeated the Bills, in Buffalo (28-7).

NFL Canada - Produced in Ontario:

A proud Canadian [born, raised and still living in Ontario], it was a stirring moment for me, seeing devote an article to my little corner of the world. For those who go back that far.............please don't hold Mike Schad against us!!

The NFL's Knowledge Gap: S.I. - MMQB

The read-option has left many NFL teams scrambling to find answers on how to defend it. Judging from last seasons results, the Rams have it figured well as any team in the NFL. In the NFC West, that knowledge couldn't be more critical.

Veteran free agents cope with increasingly unkind market: Sporting News

The new CBA has made it a difficult marketplace for older, established, free agent veterans. The NFL "middle class" is becoming smaller every year. Contracts are also becoming smaller, as demand for these players wanes.

"it does seem like players are being squeezed at the beginning and at the end, on the way in and on the way out."

St. Louis Rams Players On The Hot Seat: Ramblin' Fan

Four players make the list of players fighting for their jobs and/or playing time: Brian Quick, Isaiah Pead, Sammy Brown and Matt Daniels. Pead and Quick would seem to be least for this season.

Stat Facts Of The Week: Career Receiving Yards Leaders

Career Receiving Yards Leaders

· 1. Jerry Rice 22,895

· 2. Terrell Owens 15,934

· 3. Randy Moss 15,292

· 4. Isaac Bruce 15,208

· 5. Tim Brown 14,934

· 6. Marvin Harrison 14,580

· 7. Tony Gonzalez 14,268

· 8. James Lofton 14,004

· 9. Cris Carter 13,899

· 10. Henry Ellard 13,777

Two Rams make the career receiving yards leaders list: Isaac Bruce at #4, and Henry Ellard at #10. They are in good company, among some of the all-time greats.



St. Louis Rams Would Be Crazy To Have Tavon Austin Return Kicks And Punts In 2013: Rant Sports NFL

Does the risk of having Austin return kicks outweigh the potential rewards? Jeff Fisher has stated that the Rams will use Austin in many ways. Will returning kicks be one of them?

How to Define a Franchise Quarterback in Today's NFL: Bleacher Report

What characteristics define a "franchise quarterback"? Production, winning, a dynamic skill set, decision making, leadership and marketability are the six most important, in this thought-provoking report. Does Sam Bradford fit the definition?

Five Reasons to a Perfect Seahawks Season: Week 8 and a Ram-a-lama ding dong: SB Nation: Field Gulls

The Rams meet Seattle in Week 8 of the regular season. Kenneth Arthur provides an interesting take on who will win that game, the Rams roster, and "realistic" expectations.

Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein hoping to bounce back: Belleville News-Democrat

As a rookie, Zuerlein converted his first 15 field goal attempts. He became less consistent as the season wore on. The reason: fatigue. The solution: 3 months of rest (January through March) prescribed by special teams coordinator John Fassel.

Rookie Highlight Reel - Zac Stacy

Ultimate Zac Stacy Highlights (NFL Draft 2013 - 160th Pick // St. Louis Rams) (via TheVikingsworld2011)

If RG3 is healthy, sky is the limit for Washington Redskins: Shutdown Corner

It's never a bad idea to keep an eye on how another team looks going into the 2013 season, especially if you possess that teams first round draft pick in 2014.

Tipsheet: Young Rams rank in middle of NFL pack: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jeff Gordon takes a look at the Rams' pre-camp power rankings produced by various media outlets. I took a look at the Rams power ranking in an article published yesterday on TST. (link)

Barrett Jones cleared to practice: Rotoworld

Barrett Jones passed a physical and was activated from the PUP list. Good news for Rams fans!

Fantasy Football Preview 2013: Quarterback Rankings: Grantland

Sam Bradford is ranked #18, the same as his 2012 NFL ranking.

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Give him Tavon Austin and you feed him for a lifetime."

Rams Weekly "Re-Cap"

As of July 30, the Rams Available Cap Space figure is 139,088, the lowest in the league. The release of Rokevious Watkins left the Rams with 143,475 in dead money, from signing bonuses in his contract.


Jared Cook in the Community: Rams Gab

Cook has been making his presence felt in the St. Louis community, working with "Push for Pencils". This organization helps to ensure St. Louis area children have school supplies. Nice work Jared!

Rams' Success Will Depend Upon Veterans In Offensive Line: Fox Sports

Scott Wells, Harvey Dahl, Rodger Saffold, and Jake Long. Veterans all. A lot of the Rams success this season will depend on their play and their health.

Playmaker's 3 Day Camp Recap: Rams News Now

An eyewitness report of the first three days of training camp. Interesting observations and a couple of surprises.

NFL Draft Profile: Illinois C Graham Pocic: SB Nation

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Rams add Graham Pocic, rookie OL (6-7, 310) from the University of Illinois. Roster now at the 90-man limit.</p>&mdash; Jim Thomas (@jthom1) <a href="">July 29, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Pocic is a player I had mocked to the Rams many times before the draft. He could surprise, at least as a strong candidate for the practice squad.


Bradford knows it's time to take leadership role: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"I realized that the minute I knew that ‘Jack’ was gone," Bradford said. "And I think it’s the perfect time for me, going into Year 4 (overall), going into Year 2 of this offense, feeling comfortable. I think it’s part of my evolution and part of my position that I need to step up and be the leader of this offense."

Hall Of Fame 50th Anniversary Team:

Picking the best from the best of all time is never an easy task. Deacon Jones and Dick "Night Train" Lane are the Rams who make the starting line-up. Both are worthy selections.

Ryan Williams and NFC West's future RB's: Mike Sando - ESPN NFC West

The Rams are not the only team in the NFC West stockpiling young running backs for the future. All four teams are positioning themselves for the next few seasons.

Has the RB position become devalued in the NFL?: National Football Post

The 2013 NFL Draft was the first in 49 years where a running back was not selected in the first round. Is this a sign of things to come? Or a one year aberration?

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 2014 Preview: Walter Football

Keep an eye on this safety from Alabama. If the Rams continue to have trouble at the safety position this season, Clinton-Dix might come into the discussion as a first round pick for the Rams.

Ha'Sean Clinton Dix Alabama Sophmore Highlights (via John Tate)

Rams Put On The Pads: St. Louis Rams Website

Nick Wagoner recaps Monday practice at the Rams training camp.

Rams complete first practice in full pads: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The speedy Rams slowed down just a touch, getting used to being in full pads.

Blast From The Past - Classic Rock Tuesday - Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin - Going To California (via xxmusicheadxx)

Please have a great Tuesday and a Ramtastic week!!