The regular season officially starts tomorrow night, with the defending Super Bowl champs taking on the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football. Pinch me! However, the year begins Sunday evening for the Rams, starting off against their NFC West rivals, the Arizona Cardinals. Naturally, there has been some amazing content over the last couple of days, especially with a handful of “breaking” stories from camp. So, without wasting anymore time…
Obviously, the biggest story of the last week came yesterday, when the St. Louis Rams surprisingly released Jo-Lonn Dunbar. The second-year Ram figured to play a large role in this defense this season, having put up phenomenal numbers both as a pass rusher and run stopper in 2012. However, the move may not have been so surprising after all, with Fisher making some strong comments about the linebacker’s actions.
In spite of the Dunbar news, the headlines around Rams Camp have not all been bad. Les Snead and the St. Louis front office made another “under the radar” signing on the defensive line, extending the contract of rotational defensive end, Eugene Sims, through 2015. They say that consistency is one of the keys to success. Let’s hope that is the case here!
The Rams’ “new” official depth chart is riddled with… no surprises. For the most part, everyone is fitting exactly where they were expected to be since the 53-man roster was announced this weekend; aside from a handful of technicalities (i.e. Tavon Austin not being listed as a “starter” due playing in the slot). The only real news on the depth chart may be Benny Cunningham, who is listed as the starting kick returner, in place of the suspended Isaiah Pead. If he can perform well in the season opener, the job will likely be his to keep, and Pead could, once again, find himself struggling to make it only to the field.
Going through this offseason in St. Louis, it is obvious to see why some continue to back the idea of the 4-game preseason schedule. Young rosters, like the Rams, need as many snaps as they can to help whittle down and reform the roster. Prior to the start of the offseason, few would have been able to predict some of the major takeaways we have seen over the last couple of weeks. Jamal Collier, of Bleacher Report, breaks down eight of those…
Last year, the St. Louis Rams tied as the league leaders in sacks, finishing the season with 52.0 through 16 regular season games. With the Denver Broncos losing Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller (for six games), the Rams are certainly the “favorite” to repeat as the sack champions this season. Rant Sports breaks down why that is a definite possibility, and what the goal might be for the season.
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