Ramblin’ Fans’ Tuesday Morning Links


Happy day-after-Memorial Day! Hope everyone had a wonderful four-day weekend, filled with family, friends, and memories. The weekend was a bit bare in terms of NFL news, with a plethora of other major sporting events vying for time on ESPN. So, Ramblin’ Fan has put together this sampler platter of articles for your enjoyment to begin the week.

St. Louis Rams OTAs: Latest Player Reports and Analysis

Bleacher Report does a great job of nailing down some of the key “watch points” of the offseason. The most important of those areas of interest is Sam Bradford, and his new outlook on the team. Included within the article is a post-practice interview; a must-watch…

Rams’ Saffold improving at right tackle

I once heard an interview with a player who equivocated switching tackle spots with trying to switch from being right handed to being left handed. Rodger Saffold was undoubtedly, and deservedly, scorned by the forced switch to right tackle with the acquisition of Jake Long. However, this piece by Jim Thomas shows that the fourth-year bookend is picking up his new role quickly, and with the right attitude.

Stacking the box against a loaded question

Rams’ fans for years have relied on the “stacking-the-box” phenomenon as one of the main excuses for the lack of production in the offense. ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down runners from last season, and shows just how much this occurred and who was the most successful…

Isaiah Pead in ‘wide open’ St. Louis Rams RB battle

NFL.com joins the parade of journalists debating the backfield battle in St. Louis. Naturally, the former 2nd rounder, Isaiah Pead, is getting the attention, but most seem to forget that Daryl Richardson was the man in charge last season. Zac Stacy and Terrance Ganaway also should have a solid opportunity to take the reins in, what is likely, a truly “wide open” battle for first-team reps. Who will come out on top?

Rams DE Chris Long does not like the 18-game season idea

If you do not already follow Chris Long on Twitter (@JOEL9ONE), you are sorely, sorely missing out. Long is one of the few players that will still communicate openly and honestly with his followers. That typically includes a handful of “gems,” much like this one, detailing his thoughts on the NFL’s potential switch to an 18-game season.