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Random Ramsdom 8/22: For Los Angeles Rams, Easley does it, hopefully.

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Position changes, lines, and rankings.

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Dominique Easley may have a little more space to operate from the outside linebacker position.
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Easley is back, but where is he? I Los Angeles Rams’ Official Site

In a surprise experiment, the Rams have decided to give the recently activated Dominique Easley a shot at playing outside linebacker; citing that the less physical nature of playing outside might be beneficial to the oft-injured Easley. Perhaps it speaks to the current state of that edge opposite Samson Ebukam, that the Rams are still exploring their options going into their all-important third preseason game. Also of note, they recently entertained the idea of bringing in Junior Gallette to man the position.

Ndamukong clowns the ‘Phins with a gut shot & starters get to play I Los Angeles Times

Ndamukong Suh had a little fun at his ex-team’s expense, after watching Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey gash them for a 71-yard scamper, “right up the gut.” Of course, Suh would likely have been occupying “the gut” had the Dolphins retained his services.

Also, it sounds like we’ll finally get to see the starters, albeit in limited action this Saturday as the Rams entertain the Houston Texans at the Coliseum. The Texans are expected to field all available starters as well.

Barron back and looking for a Week 1 return I USA Today (Rams Wire)

Mark Barron returned to practice following shoulder and Achilles injuries suffered last year. Most likely we won’t see Barron until the Rams week one clash with Oakland. Barron will be the team’s only returning starting linebacker, and will be looked to as a leader in that group in 2018.

Gambling is a disease, and here are the Week 1 lines! I Bleacher Report

Of course, no Turf Showers are interested in the Week 1 lines, but just in case, here are the lines. Look like the Rams will open the season as 3 point favorites in the there Monday Night clash in Oakland, with the over/under set at 49.5.

Note: The Rams won by 52 points last time they played the Raiders. Never forget.

Tyrann Mathieu set to make his Texans debut against the Rams I USA Today (Texans Wire)

This week, we’ll get our first glimpse of the “Honey Badger” Tyrann Mathieu as a Houston Texan, when the Texans travel to L.A. this Saturday. Of course, as a former NFC Wester, he’s already a familiar face, and one that will be nice to see less of, now that he’s in the AFC.

The Rams top Bleacher Report’s Power Rankings I Bleacher Report

The Rams are atop the Bleacher Report Power Rankings this week after a solid effort by their backups to hold off the Raiders backups last Saturday at the Coliseum. Some would call the offense vanilla, but after such a gutty victory, it should be obvious that the they are now superior to the Eagles, Vikings, and Patriots.

Thank you B/R.