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Random Ramsdom, 12/04: Rams’ Rookies Coming Up Big in 2014

The St. Louis Rams are prepping for the Washington Redskins in Week 14. Can they win back-to-back games and inch ever so close to a .500 season?

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Rams on the Cusp of Greatness After Decade of Disappointment |  InsideSTL

In a variety of ways this season, the St. Louis Rams (5-7) have exhibited signals that their lengthy journey back towards respectability and NFL relevance is nearing a successful completion.

Rams Still Sorting Through Cornerbacks |  ESPN

The St. Louis Rams have yet to have a week in which they have all of their cornerbacks healthy and ready to play.

Send DT Aaron Donald to the Pro Bowl |  SB Nation

You might have missed the Rams rookie defensive tackle, but soon enough you'll know all about Aaron Donald. Retired NFL defensive lineman Stephen White makes the case for Donald to be a household name.

The Ludicrousness Of Rams Players vs. STL Cops by Jon Stewart | Deadspin

Energetic Harkey Is Stalwart for Rams |  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

At the end of pregame warmups, before the Rams go into the locker room one last time before kickoff, the team huddles up en masse on the field.

One player — usually it’s James Laurinaitis or Chris Long — addresses the team inside the tight circle. It’s an ultimate sign of respect, and pardon the schmaltz, a place of honor for the guy in the middle.

Well, guess who was in there before Sunday’s 52-0 pummeling of Oakland at the Edward Jones Dome?

Long Makes Impact In Return |  St. Louis Rams Official Site

While there is plenty of praise to spread around in the aftermath of the Rams’ commanding 52-0 victory over the Raiders, one player who everyone was happy to see make an impact was Chris Long.

Rams Rank 21 In AP Pro32 Poll |  Associated Press

The AP Pro32 is determined by a simple points system based on how each voter ranks the NFL's 32 teams. A team receives 32 points for each first place vote, 31 for second place and so on through to the 32nd team, which receives one point. The rankings are set by listing the teams' point totals from highest to lowest.

NFL Week 14 Rookie Rankings |  Bleacher Report

Perhaps they’re hitting the "rookie wall," as the end of the season is often referred to for first-year players who are accustomed to playing shorter seasons than they do as professionals, but there weren’t many outstanding performances in Week 13 from players near the top of the NFL Rookie Rankings.

The Gregg Williams Defense Is Rolling |  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It took some time for the Rams’ defense, which has been one of the finest in the NFL over the past two seasons, to hit it’s stride.  But they’re rolling in the latter portion of the 2014 season...

Interviews With Rams’ Players:

*  Jared Cook On "Hands Up, Don’t Shoot"
*  Shaun Hill:  "We’re going to have to dialed in"
*  One-on-One with Shaun Hill
*  One-on-One with E.J. Gaines
*  T.J. McDonald:  "We Will Be Ready For Them"
*  Scott Wells:  "You Have To Move On To The Next Game"

Jeff Fisher Would Do RG3 Trade All Over Again |

In one of the more shocking developments during Wednesday's news cycle, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher admitted that he would probably do that whole Robert Griffin III trade all over again.

Vote Mason for Pepsi Rookie of the Week |

The St. Louis Rams' Tre Mason, Indianapolis Colts' Donte Moncrief, Jacksonville Jaguars' Aaron Colvin, Green Bay Packers' Davante Adams and Minnesota Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater were standout rookies in Week 13. Read up on this week's nominees and then cast your vote for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week.

What Does Rams Win Over Raiders Mean |  ESPN 101

Perception isn’t reality as much as our perception is our reality. Take that angry caller on Sunday: He was upset that Derek and I were giving the 5-7 Rams too much credit for beating the dumpster fire that is the Oakland Raiders. It didn’t matter that Tre Mason had tied the record for the second longest rush in Rams history by breaking off an 89-yard score, or that Stedman Bailey notched 100 receiving yards on five catches in the first quarter alone.

Draft Watch:  Rams Sitting at No. 12 |  ESPN

No, the St. Louis Rams haven't been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs yet so maybe we're jumping the gun a bit here. But at least we were able to wait until December before talking a little about the draft.

What Could the Rams Offer The Redskins For RG3? |  Cover 32 Rams

The honeymoon in Washington is over between the Redskins and their quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

The NFL’s All-Bargain Team |  Sporting News

Part of what makes an organization successful is finding hidden talent that comes at a bargain price. Whether it is done by locating a great late-round draft selection or finding the veteran in free agency who was misused by his former team, the end result leaves a team with excess salary cap dollars to spend on talent upgrades for their team. Here are our picks for the 2014 All-Bargain team, each having a salary cap figure under $1 million.

Rams Should Bolt For L.A. |  Rant Sports

The team hasn’t made the playoffs since 2004 so now, in the midst of an entire community controversy, may be the best time for the team to jump ship to a city that will welcome them with open arms. It’s safe to say that the L.A. Rams may soon be a thing of the past, the present and the future.

-- Yesterday at Turf Show Times --

*  Notes from the Jeff Fisher & Shaun Hill Press Conference
*  The Rams-Redskins Week 14 Injury Report
*  Redskins Coach [Gruden] & QB [McCoy] Provide Their Thoughts on the Rams
*  Sam Bradford, the Rams, the Rock and the Hard Place
*  The African American Police Dept. of St. Louis Supports the Rams
*  The Week 14 Game Map -- Can You Watch the Game?
*  The "Every Other Week" Time Is Here
*  Rams-Redskins Series History:  77 Years In the Making