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Random Ramsdom 10/30: Rams Make Roster Moves In Preparation for 49ers

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A banged up Rams squad prepares for battle against the 49ers, who’ve utilized their Week 8 bye to heal and prepare. Here are Thursday's news and notes...

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Thursday Night Football Moves from CBS to NFL Network |

Unlike the first eight Thursdays of the season, this day before Friday will be different. This Thursday, the Carolina Panthers face the New Orleans Saints in a battle for NFC South supremacy, and it can be seen on only one network -- NFL Network.

Rams Sign WR Damian Williams |  ESPN

In the continued and seemingly endless roster shuffling at Rams Park, the St. Louis Rams made a few more tweaks to the roster on Wednesday afternoon.

The NFL Won’t Let Jeff Fisher Prep for the 49ers |  SB Nation

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has done an excellent job finding various bogeymen to blame for his team's 2-5 record. This week, he's letting the NFL know about its "responsibility" to let him know whether or not the 49ers will have Aldon Smith in uniform when they host Fisher's Rams on Sunday afternoon.

Rams vs. 49ers Betting Odds, Analysis, & Pick |  Bleacher Report

The San Francisco 49ers are 15-0-1 straight up in their last 16 NFC West home games, and the St. Louis Rams are 2-16-1 SU in their last 19 NFC West road games. Longtime rivals meet for the 131st time when the 4-3 'Niners host the 2-5 Rams Sunday afternoon in Santa Clara.

NFL Head Coach Rankings |  Yahoo! Sports

There are so many ingredients to consider when compiling a midseason power ranking of NFL head coaches: How much do you weigh past success versus current reality? How much credence do you give longevity? Does postseason failure completely make sustained regular-season success meaningless?

One on One With the Rams Newest Safety [VIDEO] |  St. Louis Rams Official Site

The newest member of the Rams’ secondary arrived at Rams Park on Wednesday.  Casey Phillips touches base with their newest safety, Mark Barron, inside the Rams’ locker room.

What Barron Brings to the Rams |  ESPN

As NFL trade deadline deals go, the swap between the St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers qualifies as the closest thing to a blockbuster that took place on Tuesday afternoon.

Analysis Notebook Week 8 |  Pro Football Focus

There is little doubt that Aaron Donald is special. From the outset the Rams rookie was different to most defensive tackles – because he is vastly smaller than average at the position – but he has always made up for that with devastating quickness and fantastic hands.

And With the 5th Pick in the 2015 NFL Draft... |  Rant Sports

In this pick by pick series, the Rams are on the clock.  Off the board already are Leonard Williams (DE/DT, Southern Cal) who went first overall to Oakland.  The New York Jets took Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) second, the Jacksonville Jaguars picked Cedric Ogbuehi (OT, Texas A&M) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama).

PFF’s Top [Rams] Performers for Week 8 |  Ramblin’ Fan

Another week, another loss on the St. Louis Rams schedule. However, instead of ripping out the hearts of fans by blowing a massive first half lead, the team opted to merely keep it close through two quarters, then get utterly destroyed in all facets of the game in the second half. With such a lopsided performance, it is difficult to find many team silver linings, let alone individual performances that could be considered "good," by an reasonable person.

Rams Rookie Review, Week 8 |  ESPN

A look at the playing time and production of each of the St. Louis Rams' drafted rookies and a quick glimpse at the undrafted rookie class in Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Rams Add Blake, Cunningham, Bond to Practice Squad |  Arch Authority

After promoting linebacker Korey Toomer, offensive lineman Brandon Washington, and defensive back Jemea Thomas to the active roster within the past few days, losing offensive lineman Mike Remmers to the Carolina Panthers, and releasing rookie quarterback Garrett Gilbert, the St. Louis Rams had an incredible five vacancies on their practice squad. After adding tackle Steven Baker to the group on Tuesday night, the Rams added three more players on Wednesday afternoon, adding wide receiver Emory Blake, tight end Justice Cunningham, and offensive lineman Travis Bond. All three players were in training camp with the Rams this year.

St. Louis Rams Second Half "To Do" List |  Cover 32 Rams

As the Rams prepare for a trip to San Francisco this Sunday, the league is in full midseason swing. The Rams, as it stands, are looking up at the rest of the NFC West with a record of 2-5 and about $43 million worth of cap money on injured reserve.

Today’s piece offers some commentary on what the Rams should hope to accomplish with the second half of their season.

Rams 2014 Midseason Grade |  Rant Sports

The St. Louis Rams haven’t had a winning season since 2003, when they went 12-4. They did go 8-8 in 2004 and 2006 and won a playoff game in 2004, but it’s been a pretty dreadful 11-year stretch.

Rams Make Multiple Moves to Fill Holes |  Belleville News Democrat

The often-invoked cliche "next man up" is really getting put to the test for the sliding, injury-plagued St. Louis Rams.

Wounded Rams Take It Easy Wednesday |  ESPN

With so many injuries and a familiar opponent waiting on Sunday, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher took it easy on his team Wednesday.

Janoris Jenkins is X-Factor in Rams Matchup vs. 49ers |  Rant Sports

The St. Louis Rams were without their two starting cornerbacks when they were slaughtered by the Kansas City Chiefs 34-7 last week. It is looking like they will get Janoris Jenkins back this week. He will be the x-factor in this week’s matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.

Is it that time already?  Mock Draft Time? |  Walter Football

You’d be hard-pressed to find a Rams’ fan who doesn’t prioritize the quarterback position as one of the top needs in the 2015 NFL draft.  And with Mariota and Winston off the board at 5, the Rams go...


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