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Random Ramsdom: March 21: Los Angeles Rams - All Quiet On The NFC Western Front

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With the Free Agent frenzy nearly over with (and nearly 6 weeks to go before the draft), the Rams are in the midst of collectively catching their breaths, if only for the briefest of moments.

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Twitter Talk

He's made plenty of money over the years. It's now time to go after the ring:

Here's to a healthy and productive 2016 for Rodger Saffold:

We can only hope that Quinton Coples is one very hungry man:

Higher taxes will impact Rams employees in move to Los Angeles: Sports Illustrated

Moving the Rams to Los Angeles is one thing. The higher state taxes and increased cost of living expenses are quite another. The impact will be felt throughout the Rams organization.

2016 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football

Walt updates his 5 round mock draft. The Rams take WR Laquon Treadwell in the first round, TE Hunter Henry and LB/SS Su'a Cravens in the second round, QB Christian Hackenberg in the third round and CB Kevon Seymour in the fourth round. Notwithstanding the QB pick, I like this draft for the Rams.

Rams still must address needs on offense: ESPN NFL Nation

Will the Rams go into the 2016 regular season with the three-headed monster at the QB position? Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Brian Quick and Stedman Bailey (if he doesn't retire) are all Free Agents after the 2016 season. The Rams would do well to double-down on the position in the upcoming draft. Notwithstanding the re-signing of Cory Harkey, the Rams still have a glaring hole on the depth chart at Tight End. Are Tim Barnes and Demetrius Rhaney truly the answer at center? Make no mistake, there's plenty to sort out with this Rams offense.

PFF Draft Board 2.0: Pro Football Focus

PFF updates their top 100 NFL prospects draft board. More and more this draft is looking very strong on the defensive side of the ball and so-so on the offensive side. Not a good thing when most of the Rams' needs center on the offense.

Stedman Bailey seen working out at Rams Park: USA Today

I admire Bailey's courage and tenacity in working towards returning to the football field. Is it really in his long-term interests (health-wise) to do so? I'd hate to see him suffer a terrible concussion in a game and jeopardize his overall health as a result.

Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: LB/SS - Su'a Cravens - USC

2016 NFL Draft Position Rankings 2.0: NFL.com

Respected analyst Mike Mayock releases his updated positional rankings for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Rams aim to be out of St. Louis by end of next week: ESPN NFL Nation
It will take 30 tractor trailers to get Rams to LA: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

660,000 pounds of furniture, equipment, files, weights, footballs etc....plus one Lombardi trophy, are being loaded up and we will be headed out west by the end of next week.

Free Agency Grades: NFC West: NFL.com

Chris Wesseling doesn't think too highly of the Rams' moves in Free Agency to-date. In my estimation, he's being a little too harsh and doesn't know the team.

Can Sean Mannion be "next guy up" for the Rams?: Cover 32 Rams

Mannion is a bit of the mystery man on the Rams' depth chart. How does the team feel about Mannion's abilities heading into his second season in the league? Could he challenge for the starting role in 2016? Will the Rams draft another quarterback, muddying the picture even further?

Stat Facts Of The Week: Big Play Differential

Team Big Plays Statistics
Rank Team Plays Big Plays Rush Pass Big Play % BPA +/-
3 Seattle Seahawks 1,035 93 61 32 8.99% 51 42
4 Carolina Panthers 1,060 95 64 31 8.96% 61 34
1 Buffalo Bills 1,016 102 70 32 10.04% 73 29
13 Cincinnati Bengals 1,004 77 46 31 7.67% 52 25
2 Minnesota Vikings 973 91 64 27 9.35% 72 19
5 Pittsburgh Steelers 1,011 90 47 43 8.9% 71 19
22 Denver Broncos 1,056 73 46 27 6.91% 59 14
16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1,017 76 50 26 7.47% 64 12
6 Kansas City Chiefs 955 85 53 32 8.9% 74 11
10 Arizona Cardinals 1,041 85 50 35 8.17% 74 11
12 New York Jets 1,074 85 56 29 7.91% 74 11
15 New England Patriots 1,050 79 40 39 7.52% 73 6
26 Baltimore Ravens 1,083 70 38 32 6.46% 64 6
7 Green Bay Packers 1,056 92 53 39 8.71% 88 4
9 Jacksonville Jaguars 1,012 83 44 39 8.2% 80 3
8 St. Louis Rams 920 79 56 23 8.59% 78 1
20 Atlanta Falcons 1,073 75 48 27 6.99% 75 0
11 San Francisco 49ers 969 79 42 37 8.15% 81 -2
29 Houston Texans 1,127 71 43 28 6.3% 73 -2
23 Philadelphia Eagles 1,102 76 47 29 6.9% 84 -8
18 Chicago Bears 1,025 75 44 31 7.32% 84 -9
17 Dallas Cowboys 969 72 51 21 7.43% 82 -10
24 Oakland Raiders 1,008 67 33 34 6.65% 77 -10
21 New York Giants 1,053 73 39 34 6.93% 86 -13
14 Miami Dolphins 977 74 41 33 7.57% 93 -19
28 Detroit Lions 1,030 65 36 29 6.31% 85 -20
31 Tennessee Titans 976 59 33 26 6.05% 80 -21
25 Indianapolis Colts 1,052 70 37 33 6.65% 93 -23
19 New Orleans Saints 1,096 80 43 37 7.3% 104 -24
27 Cleveland Browns 1,042 66 40 26 6.33% 90 -24
30 Washington Redskins 1,011 63 32 31 6.23% 93 -30
32 San Diego Chargers 1,100 58 28 30 5.27% 90 -32

Big Play Differential is the difference between the number of big plays - running plays of 10+ yards plus passing plays of 25+ yards - an offense creates, and the number of big plays a defense allows. How important are big plays to a teams offense/defense? Last season, NFL teams averaged 0.8 points per drive without a big play, and 3.9 points per drive with at least one of them. The higher the big play +/- the better, as this shows the team more often generates big plays than gives them up.

For the 2015 regular season, the Rams ranked 16th in the league in Big Play Differential (+1), mostly thanks to the efforts of RB Todd Gurley, WR Tavon Austin and a stingy defense. The Rams were 7-2 in games with a positive Big Play Differential and 0-7 in games with a negative or even Big Play Differential. The Rams ran the fewest offensive plays in the NFL (920) and ranked 8th in the league in Big Play percentage (8.59%).

Rams lease office space in Agoura Hills: USA Today - Ramswire

The Rams have decided to temporarily set up headquarters in Agoura Hills, an hour plus drive from downtown Los Angeles. The logistics of the move are staggering, with over 25,000 items ticketed and on computerized lists.

Players who need to step it up: CBS Sports

Rams cornerback E. J. Gaines missed the entire 2015 season with a Lisfranc foot injury. Entering his third season with the Rams, Gaines will be counted on to replace the departed Janoris Jenkins.

Flipping Tables Podcast: Scout.com - LA Rams Report

Turf Show Times' Joe McAtee joins Cam Worrell and Josh Webb to talk about the Rams, the upcoming NFL Draft and the quarterback situation.

What needs to happen to ensure a playoff berth in 2016: isportsweb

The author suggests heavy use of Todd Gurley, playing with more consistency and taking more shots downfield are the keys to a winning season for the 2016 Los Angeles Rams.

L.A. Rams have no big holes on defensive line ahead of the NFL draft: Los Angeles Times

Just a hunch, but I envision the Rams drafting a defensive tackle with one of their top three picks in the upcoming draft.

On This Day In Sports History

1946 - Kenny Washington signs with the Rams, as the 1st African-American player in the NFL since 1933.

1961 - Art Modell purchases the Cleveland Browns for a then-record $3.925 million.

Should Rams truly be sold on Case Keenum: Ramblin' Fan

"While drafting a guy that can truly be the future of the franchise at the quarterback position would be an exciting move, is the decision to "settle" for the status quo in the short-term dooming the Rams to more seasons of mediocrity?"

Quinton Coples should have chance to reach his potential with Rams: ESPN NFL Nation

Nick Wagoner goes through his weekly Twitter mailbag on all things related to the Rams. I like the Coples signing. It's relatively low-risk, with the potential to pay decent dividends for the Rams, much like the Nick Fairley signing did last year.

Los Angeles Rams mock draft update: Ramblin' Fan

Speculation runs rampant at this time of the year in relation to what the Rams will do in the first round of the upcoming draft. The myriad of mock drafts run the gamut of possibilities for the Rams, everything from a MLB (Reggie Ragland) right through to trading up to Number 1 overall (and selecting a QB in the process). I'll be unleashing my 5th Rams mock draft later this week, with the Rams trading down into the early 20's. Stay tuned!

NFL Power Rankings: NFL.com

Elliot Harrison Shares his post-Free Agency Power Rankings. The Rams are way down at Number 27 in the rankings. In my estimation, that's about 7-8 places too low. Let's see how the draft and remainder of the offseason unfold before jumping to definitive conclusions.

NFL takes aim at sportsmanship issue: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"...there were 75 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties this past season league-wide. That’s significantly up from the average of 50 such penalties a year over the previous five NFL seasons."

If the new rule is passed, a player who receives two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a game will be automatically ejected.

4 suggestions for the new LA Rams: LA Observed

Going with throwback uniforms is easily the best suggestion of the four. No to Hard Knocks, RG3 and different London opponents.

On Ejections And Receptions: MMQB

Peter King takes us through the week that was (and the week coming up) in the NFL.

Quote Of The Week

From Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports:

"It's fairly telling that with winning teams like the Jets and Broncos without a starting quarterback right now, there is literally no buzz whatsoever about Nick Foles. It's like his play and that contract have made him toxic. You hear more rumbling about guys like Mike Glennon and Brian Hoyer than you do Foles."

Los Angeles Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"

I haven't finalized the figures for the Rams' recent signing of DE Quinton Coples; nonetheless, the Rams have approximately $5.1 million in available salary cap space remaining to spend (with all additional 2016 financial obligations taken into consideration) as of 11:00 pm, Sunday March 20. I'll be publishing a complete salary cap update later in the week.

Los Angeles Rams Current Roster & Depth Chart

C Tim Barnes Demetrius Rhaney Eric Kush
RG Jamon Brown Cody Wichmann Brian Folkerts
LG Rodger Saffold Garrett Reynolds David Arkin
RT Rob Havenstein Andrew Donnal
LT Greg Robinson Darrell Williams Isaiah Battle
TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey Justice Cunningham
WR Tavon Austin Stedman Bailey Kain Colter
WR Kenny Britt Nick Toon Isiah Ferguson
WR Brian Quick Bradley Marquez Deon Long
RB Tre Mason Trey Watts Malcolm Brown
RB Todd Gurley Benny Cunningham Zach Laskey
QB Case Keenum Nick Foles Sean Mannion
PK
P John Hekker
LS Jake McQuaide
DT Aaron Donald Doug Worthington Louis Trinca-Pasat
DT Michael Brockers Ethan Westbrooks
DE William Hayes Eugene Sims
DE Robert Quinn Quinton Coples Matt Longacre
MLB Alec Ogletree Bryce Hager
OLB Mark Barron Zack Hodges Matthew Wells
OLB Akeem Ayers Cameron Lynch
CB E.J. Gaines Coty Sensabaugh Marcus Roberson
CB Trumaine Johnson Lamarcus Joyner Eric Patterson Troy Hill
SS Tim McDonald Jr. Maurice Alexander
FS Cody Davis Christian Bryant
65 Players Total

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