Camp report from Nick Wagoner at ESPN - Want a lengthy yet positive view of the St. Louis Rams from a credible perspective? Then you've got it!
As the team prepares for its second season under this regime, emotions and expectations surrounding Rams Park are higher than they have been in years, perhaps nearly a decade. The Rams will (finally) begin the regular season with familiarity and continuity on both sides of the ball while creating more depth and a stronger supporting cast.
There is certainly much reason for optimism; unfortunately, with youth comes untested, unproven talent. Nearly a month still separates us from the actual product.
Fisher fires back at Kosar - Unless you've spent the last 72 hours tucked away from all things technological, then you've surely heard all about Bernie Kosar's egregious comments directed at the St. Louis Rams during last week's preseason opener. Now it's Jeff Fisher's turn to set things straight, but you don't need his expertise to know that his receiving corp is not "horrible."
More of "classic" Fisher's response (Video) - ESPN's Mike Sando understands there are two sides to every story, but he stands in Jeff Fisher's corner in this particular circumstance. The Rams have attitude now - deal with it - and snide comments at the team and organization's expense won't be brushed off the shoulder.
Daryl Richardson taking a step forward - It is now widely believed that the Rams' running back depth chart is all but set in stone. Daryl Richardson is the favorite by a large margin, while fellow second-year back Isaiah Pead continues to struggle and Zac Stacy still has yet to prove himself. How much of the workload should the former Division II standout expect in 2013?
Barksdale focusing on the right side - After signing late last season, Joe Barksdale immediately became backup to Rodger Saffold at left tackle. He now assumes a similar role, albeit on the other side of the line. With Saffold expected to be sidelined at least the next two weeks with a shoulder injury, coaches will get an extended look at Barksdale when he steps in with the starting offense.
Rams' rookie snap counts - Few in this year's draft class wowed fans in their first outing of the preseason. Those on defense seemed lost in their assignments as the playmakers on offense did little to move the chains. Only one - receiver Stedman Bailey, who also had the best day - played more than 30 total snaps.
Former Rams kicker blames himself for release - Josh Brown, a four-year Ram who was signed to be Jeff Wilkins' replacement, never lived up to the expectations of being the league's then highest paid kicker. He will now attempt to revitalize his career with the New York Giants and admits that he "wasn't woking hard enough" in the past. At least this happened while he was still in St. Louis. (Note: Bad language, yet flawless accuracy.)
The good, bad and ugly from Cardinals v. Packers - This weekend the Arizona Cardinals did what no other team will likely do in 2013 - shut out the Green Bay Packers. It wasn't a perfect performance, but the team did show promise. The offensive line held up well and Rookie Tyrann Mathieu continues to steal the show.
49ers' Offense arrow up, down - Defense arrow up, down - Find out who's rising and falling on perhaps the "NFL's best roster." Do the San Francisco 49ers feel comfortable with their personnel at receiver and cornerback?
Whether you missed the game or just can't get enough of seeing actual football being played, here is the good and bad from Thursday's game.
As always, go Rams!!!