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Random Ramsdom 7/2: Nick Foles Receiving Praise...and Doubt. What Version Have the Rams Received?

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Five Offenses Built With the Future In Mind |  ESPN

Aaron Schatz, of Football Outsiders, takes a look at five NFL teams with a very bright future.  Using "snap weighted age," as opposed to average age, FO measures the average age of the players on a team based on which players actually played that season.  How’s it looking for the Rams?

If you don’t have In$ider, the Rams are the first team on Schatz’s list:

The Rams already had a young offense, but the wholesale rebuild of their offensive line means they're likely to be the youngest in the league next season. Every position up front is getting younger except left guard, still handled by Rodger Saffold (27). The overhaul started midway through 2014 when Greg Robinson (23) replaced Jake Long(30) at left tackle. After the season, the Rams declined to bring back both Scott Wells (34) and Davin Joseph (32). They will be replaced by some combination of third-round rookie Jamon Brown (22), veteran backup Tim Barnes (27) and Barrett Jones (25), a 2013 fourth-round pick who has yet to start an NFL game. And at right tackle, second-rounder Rob Havenstein (23) fills Joseph Barksdale's (26) old starting post.
I wrote above that "getting older doesn't necessarily make an offense better or worse," but there are clear trends when it comes to an offensive line this young and inexperienced. Since 2001, there have been 18 offensive lines with an average age of 25 or younger. On average, these teams finished just 20th in Football Outsiders' offensive ratings -- and even that average is propped up by the 2011 Packers who had a young offensive line but the league's best offense with Aaron Rodgers at the helm.

Rams Not Interested in Former Eagle |  Pro Football Rumors

Despite buzz around the league to the contrary, a Rams source tells Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (on Twitter) that St. Louis has no interest in offensive lineman Evan Mathis. Instead, the Rams would prefer to allow their young players – including their young offensive line – to grow together.

Foles Ready to Lead Dynamic Offense |  Fox Sports

The St. Louis Rams have been slowly rebuilding their team over the last couple of seasons, and they are very happy with where they are at heading into the 2015 season. They were able to add two very important pieces to their offense this offseason, and to say that the Rams have a chance to be dynamic would be an understatement.

Gurley:  "My Biggest Goal Is Getting Back On The Field" |  St. Louis Rams’ Official Site

St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley discusses his rehab progress and the possibility of returning to the field in time for training camp.

Rams Report: June Recap [VIDEO]|  St. Louis Rams’ Official Site

Join Dani Klupenger and Myles Simmons in recapping the Rams month of June 2015.

Why Raiders/Chargers Have Lead Over Rams In Move to LA |  Business Insider

The NFL's return to the Los Angeles appears to be inevitable at this point but it is still not clear which teams will make the leap or when it will happen. However, based on what we know so far, it looks like the Raiders and the Chargers have a strong advantage over the Rams.

NFL Coach Power Rankings |  NFL.com

I think we can all agree that NFL power rankings are of the utmost importance.  They are can’t-miss, must-read articles that truly highlight how good a coach has been, and how he’ll be in the current year.  You’ve probably already ravenously clicked the link, so I’ll leave you to it...

Six Players Likely to Disappoint In 2015 |  NFL.com

This one’s a couple days old, but it slipped by me.  Perhaps the same happened to you.  Check out numero uno on Marc Sessler’s All-Disappointment prognostications for 2015...

Which Version of Foles Will Rams’ Fans Receive? |  Cover 32 Rams

After years and years of disappointing play from their offense, this offseason, St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher decided to take a stand. He disposed of his injury prone quarterback and picked up the one and only Nick Foles, hoping that by upgrading the position he could return this franchise to its glory days and once again be known as "The Greatest Show on Turf".

Five Training Camp Battles to Watch |  Rant Sports

The St. Louis Rams are anticipating a strong 2015 season and have the talent to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004. The team added key players in the Free Agency and NFL Draft, but lost key players along the way. With the new additions to the team, the Rams have a couple crucial roles to fill during the 2015 training camp. Here are the five Rams training camp battles to watch in 2015.

Even With LA Questions Lingering, Cook Working to Help STL |  Pro Football Talk

Rams tight end Jared Cook knows there’s a good chance his employer won’t be in St. Louis this time next year.

Jared Cook On L.A. Rumors and High Praise For Nike Foles

McLeod Says This Is The Breakout Year