Los Angeles Rams Wiretap

Sammy Watkins Quickly Impressing Teammates With Rams

Aug 17, 2017 9:30 AM

Sammy Watkins is already making his presence felt in practice with the Los Angeles Rams.

Watkins was acquired to be the team's No. 1 receiver and has already made head-turning catches on the practice field.

"I did a little bit," Jared Goff said when asked if he noticed Watkins' first highlight catch. "You try not to, but I did kind of turn around, like, 'Everyone see that? All right.' It was a good catch and hopefully something that won't be quite a surprise any more."

Watkins is a former first-round pick.

"When the ball is in his hands you can feel his speed and his juice down the field," coach Sean McVay said. "I thought it was good to get him out here. We were comfortable with the things we were asking him to do, so it was great to have Sammy out there and get him in the mix."

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Rams Acquire Sammy Watkins From Bills

Aug 11, 2017 2:43 PM

The Los Angeles Rams have acquired Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills for E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second round pick. The Rams will also acquire a sixth round pick from the Bills.

The Bills' decision to trade their top receiver and top cornerback for future draft picks signals that first-year general manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott view the Bills as a long-term rebuilding project.

Buffalo now owns two selections in the first, second and third rounds of the 2018 draft. 

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Rams Lead NFL In Miles Traveled (32,600), Steelers Fewest (6,694)

Aug 9, 2017 1:57 PM

The Los Angeles Rams will have the most miles traveled in the NFL this season at 32,600.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will have the fewest at 6,694.

The Rams have road dates at Jacksonville, Dallas, New York, Minnesota and Tennessee in addition to their NFC West opponents.

The Steelers only travel as far as west as Kansas City.

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Rams Lose Dominique Easley For 2017 With Torn ACL

Aug 2, 2017 1:36 PM

Dominique Easley will miss the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL.

Easley suffered torn ligaments in both knees while playing in college at Florida. He also suffered a knee injury during his rookie season with the New England Patriots, who selected him in the first round of the 2014 draft.

The Los Angeles Rams are already dealing with the absence of Early due to a contract dispute. The loss of Easley will make their defensive line even thinner. 

Easley was listed as a projected starter in the team’s training camp media release. 

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Relocation Fees To Cost Rams, Chargers $645M

Jul 13, 2017 7:50 AM

The 29 NFL teams that are staying put will receive a gross sum of $55.2 million over a period of up to 11 years from the relocation fees associated with the moves of the Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders, according to sources.

The Rams and Chargers will each pay $645 million beginning in December 2019 and ending in December 2028.

The Raiders will pay $378 million over 10 years beginning in the year they move to Las Vegas.

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Todd Gurley: It Can't Get Any Worse Than Last Year

Jul 12, 2017 8:10 AM

Todd Gurley is optimistic that next season will be better than the last for the Los Angeles Rams.

Gurley likes the offense under new head coach Sean McVay as well as the growth of Jared Goff.

"Oh, he's been getting better," Gurley said. "Obviously, he didn't go No. 1 for no reason. He has the talent, and he's just been getting better. He definitely had a great OTAs, great minicamp. Coaches have been doing a good job with him. Just his preparation, him being there all day, he's been great so far, man, so I'm definitely looking forward to it ... It can't get any worse than it did last year."

Gurley rushed for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns (4.8 YPC) as a rookie, but was limited to 885 yards and six scores (3.2 YPC) in 2016.

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Todd Gurley Encouraged By Sean McVay's Offense

Jul 9, 2017 4:32 PM

Todd Gurley has been encouraged by what he's seen so far from Sean McVay's offense.

Gurley averaged 3.2 yards per carry last season as he ran behind an ineffective offensive line.

Gurley added that he has "definitely been loving" McVay's style of offense, which for now has the back focusing on daily preparation and being a "situational master."

During minicamp, the Rams were moving Gurley all around the offensive formation.

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Trumaine Johnson Won't Sign Long-Term Deal With Rams By Deadline

Jun 27, 2017 12:00 PM

Trumaine Johnson will not reach agreement with the Los Angeles Rams on a long-term contract by the July 17 deadline.

Johnson will play under the franchise tender for the second straight season.

Johnson signed his franchise tender with the Rams on March 6, guaranteeing himself a 2017 salary of $16.742 million that will make him the NFL's highest-paid cornerback.

Johnson, a third-round pick out of Montana in 2012, is the first cornerback to be tagged in back-to-back years since Charles Woodson in 2004 and '05. Johnson made $13.952 million when he was tagged in 2016.

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Rams Trade Former No. 2 Pick Greg Robinson To Lions

Jun 15, 2017 10:15 AM

The Los Angeles Rams have traded Greg Robinson to the Detroit Lions for a 2018 second round pick.

Robinson was the second overall pick in the 2014 draft but was demoted. Robinson played in 44 career games with the Rams, starting 40 of them. Los Angeles had tried moving him to guard and right tackle before eventually deciding to trade him to Detroit with one year left on his rookie contract.

"Since we drafted Greg, he has been committed to our organization, his teammates and community outreach," Rams general manager Les Snead said in a statement. "We appreciate his dedication and the effort he's put forth over the past three seasons. We wish him the best as he embarks on this new chapter."

The Lions have a need at offensive tackle with Taylor Decker out several months.

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Super Bowl LV Moved To Tampa; L.A. To Host SB LVI

May 24, 2017 8:11 AM

The NFL is delaying the Super Bowl's return to Los Angeles.

League owners voted unanimously Tuesday to relocate the site of Super Bowl LV in 2021 from L.A. to Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. The vote was held days after it was revealed the opening of the Rams and Chargers' joint stadium would be delayed by a year.

Owners voted for the yet-to-be completed stadium to host Super Bowl LVI in 2022.

"From our standpoint, we felt this was an appropriate thing to do," Roger Goodell said. "We were fortunate that Tampa had a very competitive presentation when they bid on the Super Bowl earlier [in 2016]. So this was a solution the membership got on very quickly."

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Rain Delays Chargers-Rams Stadium To 2020
Heavy rainfall in Los Angeles has delayed the highly anticipated, $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood by a year.

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round
John Ross went ninth overall, one of three wide receivers selected in the top-9.

RealGM Staff Report

Rams, Chargers To Play Three Home Games On Same Day At Same Time
The Rams and Chargers will eventually play in the same stadium in Inglewood.

Sam Farmer/Los Angeles Times

8 NFL Owners Contributed 6.7 Percent Of Money For Trump's Inauguration
Robert Kraft (Patriots), Jerry Jones (Cowboys), Woody Johnson (Jets), Bob McNair (Texans), Shahid Khan (Jaguars), Stan Kroenke (Rams) and Dan Snyder (Washington) each contributed $1 million.

Lachlan Markay/The Daily Beast

St. Louis Sues Rams, All 31 Other Teams Over Relocation
The suit says the Rams made intentional false claims that only enriched themselves and damaged the plaintiffs.

Kevin Spain/USA Today

NFL Relocation Fees Won't Be Shared With Players
The Raiders, Rams and Chargers will spend anywhere from $1.43 billion to $1.68 billion, or a distribution of approximately $46 million to $54 million per team.

Dom Cosentino/Deadspin

Rams Open To Extension For Trumaine Johnson
The Rams haven't ruled out a trade, but they are also open to a contract extension with Trumaine Johnson.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Melvin Gordon Doesn't Want Rivalry With Todd Gurley
Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley will share Los Angeles beginning this coming season, but the pair of running backs don't want to stoke a rivalry.

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T.J. McDonald Suspended 8 Games
Free agent safety T.J. McDonald has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the 2017 regular season.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Jerry Jones' Legends To Profit Immensely Due To NFL Relocations
Jerry Jones is a large shareholder of Legends, a hospitality-marketing company that will now sell the suites, concessions and sponsorships for the Las Vegas stadium for the Raiders.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Rams Add Kayvon Webster On Two-Year Deal
The Rams have added cornerback depth by agreeing to a two-year deal with Kayvon Webster, according to a source.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Robert Woods Agrees Upon Five-Year, $39M Deal With Rams
The contract for Robert Woods includes $15 million in guaranteed money.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Kenny Britt Agrees To Four-Year, $32.5M Deal With Browns
Kenny Britt's eighth season in the NFL was his most productive, as he finished 2016 with career highs in receptions (68) and receiving yards (1,002).

Adam Caplan/ESPN

Rams Actively Looking To Trade Trumaine Johnson
The Rams are actively looking to trade Trumaine Johnson, who they recently placed their franchise tag on.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Trumaine Johnson Signs One-Year, $16.7M Tender With Rams
The Rams took Trumaine Johnson out of Montana with a third-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Michael David Smith/ProFootballTalk

Tony Romo Covets Texans, Chiefs, Broncos With 49ers, Rams Interested
Tony Romo would like to join a playoff contender as Peyton Manning did with the Broncos.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Rams Want Todd Gurley To Improve Pass Blocking
Todd Gurley struggled in 2016, watching his yards per carry drop from 4.8 as a rookie to 3.2 as a second-year player, but the Rams want him to improve elsewhere.

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Rams To Hire Matt LaFleur As Offensive Coordinator
Sean McVay views Matt LaFleur as capable of helping him implement his offense and teaching former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff how to excel in the NFL game.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Marshall Faulk Maintains The Patriots Filmed The Rams' Practice
Marshall Faulk still believes that the Patriots filmed the Rams' final practice before the Super Bowl in 2002 despite no evidence that anything illegal ever took place.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Todd Gurley: 2016 Season 'Like A Nightmare'
Todd Gurley had a yards-per-carry average of just 3.2 in his second NFL season with the Rams.

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