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Random Ramsdom: Thoughts from Episode 4 of ‘Hard Knocks’

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There’s not many other words to describe last night’s opening scene of Hard Knocks other than “powerful” and “emotional.”

The show’s opening scene depicted head coach Sean McVay viewing the viral video of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin for the first time along with Artis Twyman, the Rams’ Senior Director of Communications.

His reaction is raw and organic. His face was the epitome of “shock-and-awe.”

It set the tone of for an episode that was equally enjoyable and painful to watch at times.

On top of the social issues, the Rams also showed McVay and GM Les Snead making cuts for the first time on the show. Episode one showed the Chargers cutting a handful of players to begin camp, which got a little “colorful” in terms of language, but the two cuts shown last night went a bit smoother. In fact, it went about as well as they could have. Still hurts to watch, nonetheless.

The highlights of rookie WR Van Jefferson and his accomplishments thus far in training camp was also very positive to see. That kid’s looking more and more like a polished veteran with each new day,

But now I’ll turn this over to you guys. What are everyone’s thoughts on the latest episode of Hard Knocks?

And here are today’s links.

Rams News:

Check out the latest comments from the podium by Sean McVay, Leonard Floyd, and Gerald Everett (

Stu Jackson brings you 10 observations from Monday’s practice (

Cameron DaSilva highlights Leonard Floyd’s confidence in the Rams defense (The Rams Wire)

Bret Stuter gives his thoughts on how productive Rams practice drills are (Ramblin’ Fan)

NFL News:

Turron Davenport highlights the evolving relationship of WRs A.J. Brown and DK. Metcalf (ESPN)

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins on the coronavirus, “If I die, I die.” (ESPN)

Josh Edwards ranks the top-10 candidates fro Offensive Rookie of the Year honors (CBS Sports)

Cody Benjamin continues his power rankings following episode four of Hard Knocks (CBS Sports)

Crissy Froyd and others detail their run-ins with sexual harassment within their own journey through sports media (Pro Football Network)

Mike Florio tries to make sense of the recent Alvin Kamara craziness (Pro Football Talk)