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Random Ramsdom 8/29: Rams Fall to Broncos, Tavon Gets Paid, & Preseason Wk 3 Highlights, Interviews

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Rams Sign Austin To 4-year Contract Extension | L.A. Times

The Rams have signed receiver Tavon Austin to a four-year contract extension, the team announcedSaturday, a few hours before playing the Denver Broncos in their third preseason game.

Austin Make WR1 Money Without WR1 Production | ESPN

Perhaps it wouldn’t be fair to compare him to the elite receivers in the NFL, even though the four-year, $42 million extension Tavon Austin signed with the Rams on Saturday puts him in the neighborhood of that earnings bracket.

Five Takeaways: Rams at Broncos | Rams’ Official Site

The Rams could not recapture their second-half magic in the mile-high city, falling to the Broncos, 17-9. But as is the case with all exhibition matchups, the final score rarely tells the whole story.

What We Learned From Rams Loss to Broncos | L.A. Times

Hours after announcing a four-year contract extension for Tavon Austin, the wide receiver was all but invisible again. He was targeted once and did not have a reception.

Rams Sticking to Depth Chart, With Goff Backing Up Keenum | ESPN

After the third of four preseason games was finished Saturday night, Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher was asked if he has seen anything that would make him want to alter his depth chart at quarterback, which continues to have Case Keenum as the starter and No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff as the backup.

Fisher Has a "Pretty Good Idea" of Who Starts in Week 1 | CBS Sports

The Los Angeles Rams have played two preseason games. In each game, Case Keenum started before being relieved of duties by No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff.

Rams Get Scare When Keenum Takes Hard Hit | L.A. Times

The Rams held their collective breath as quarterback Case Keenum dashed toward the far sideline at Sports Authority Field.

Goff Rides Highs and Lows in Rams’ First Loss of Preseason | ESPN

The Rams’ first-team defense played well, but the entire offense was limited to only three field goals after going 7-for-7 in red-zone situations through the first two games.

Rams vs. Broncos Player Grades | Pro Football Focus

Welp...there goes Sean Mannion having the highest grade amongst Rams’ QB’s. %Controversy

Rams Fail to Find End Zone in Loss to Broncos | O.C. Register

Jared Goff’s awkward samba toward the Rams’ starting quarterback job, a dance that might not end soon, had a couple deft steps Saturday, along with some two-left-feet stumbles.

Rams’ Defense Shows Up for First Time in Preseason | L.A. Daily News

It wasn’t like there was all-out panic going on, but it would be disingenuous to suggest there wasn’t some concern about the Rams’ defensive performance the first two weeks of the preseason.

Rams, Broncos Not Rushing Rookies Into Action | L.A. Times

While it’s an exaggeration to say Denver’s NFL team has gone from Super Bowl to Superfund site, the Broncos unquestionably are a franchise under construction. They will be the first team in 15 years to switch starting quarterbacks in the immediate aftermath of winning a Lombardi Trophy.

Ogletree Makes No Apologies For Blowing Gasket | O.C. Register

The on-field to-do list for Rams middle linebacker Alec Ogletree begins the moment the last play ends. And you’d probably be shocked if you knew exactly how little of it is devoted to himself .

VIDEOS (via Rams’ Official Site)