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Random Ramsdom 8/4: Los Angeles Rams news and notes for Saturday

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As they approach their very first preseason game of 2018, there’s no shortage of noteworthy tidbits for the Los Angeles Rams

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Rams ready to unleash even more of McVay’s offensive system | CBS Sports

In his second season as head coach, Sean McVay will be adding to the offensive playbook

Gurley’s motivation continues to rise with extension | Rams’ official site

During his press conference earlier this week, quarterback Jared Goff remarked that running back Todd Gurley has been “quite happy” since signing his four-year contract extension at the beginning of training camp.

Suh: “I always mark the calendar for Sam Bradford” | NFL Network

It’s not that Ndamukong Suh wants to hurt Sam Bradford. He simply has a message he’s been sending since the St. Louis Rams opted for the Oklahoma quarterback at No. 1 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Talib ready to work against Crabtree in joint practice | Pro Football Talk

When the Broncos played the Raiders last season, Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree got into a fight that resulted in both players being ejected and suspended.

NFC West preview, projections, win/loss totals | Pro Football Focus

The NFC West has evolved rapidly in recent seasons, from a division where the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals where heads and shoulders above the quarterback- and coaching-deficient Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers, to today, where the latter two teams are, in many’s eyes, the favorites to represent the division in the NFC playoffs.

(WATCH) The Rams front office discuss AD99’s contract (sorta) | Caption Generator

No, you won’t really be watching the Rams’ front office discuss the matter. But this is hilarious. Kudos to my man Tony for throwing it together.

Mannion again figures to get minimal playing time | LA Times

During an NFL career that is moving into its fourth season, Rams quarterback Sean Mannion has received limited opportunities to produce on-the-field highlights.

Goff: Brandin Cooks “sets the bar” for Rams’ receivers | Clutch Points

The Los Angeles Rams made some serious power moves this offseason. Needless to say, quarterback Jared Goff has quickly taken notice of one addition in particular.

PFF gives Rams slight edge to win the NFC West | Rams Wire

The Los Angeles Rams have been viewed by most media outlets as the clear favorites to win the NFC West. While the 49ers, Seahawks, and Cardinals are all formidable, both the oddsmakers in Las Vegas and the vast majority of publications expect the Rams to repeat as division champions.

Dickerson labels Gurley as NFL’s Top running back | Ramblin Fan

Los Angeles Rams fans always love to hear Eric Dickerson chime in every once in a while, especially when he has great things to say about the team.

Talib is all good with new helmet rule | Ramblin Fan

Los Angeles Rams defensive back Aqib Talib is running counter to the conventional wisdom regarding the NFL’s new helmet rule.

(WATCH) Kupp on being 1st time dad and impact of Cooks | Mighty 1090

Mighty 1090’s Marty Caswell speaks to Rams’ wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who weighs in on life as a first time dad, and how much of an impact Brandin Cooks provides for the offense.

Elsewhere around the league

Sherman suffers hamstring injury in practice | Yard Barker

Unfortunately for the 30-year-old corner and his new team, Sherman went down with a hamstring injury during practice Friday in Santa Clara. He was immediately removed from the field.

Bucannon has hyperextended knee | Cardinals’ official site

There was a scary moment toward the end of Thursday afternoon’s training camp practice, when linebacker Deone Bucannon’s left knee collided with wideout Brice Butler’s helmet.

Thomas to Seahawks: Pay me or trade me | Oregon Live

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas wants the team to give him a contract extension or trade him as he continued his holdout during training camp.

Austin lining up everywhere but the backfield | NFL Network

When the Dallas Cowboys acquired Tavon Austin in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams, the immediate discussion was about the receiver being used as a “web-back.”

Which NFL team boasts the best secondary in 2018? | NFL Network

The honor of the league’s top secondary is up for grabs heading into 2018. So, which team boasts the best defensive backfield?

OOOOOHHHH CANADA

Manziel:First CFL start was football gods humbling me | Pro Football Talk

And you wanted the Rams to sign him. Smh, silly TSTers. Smh...