Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 1:09pm
During an appearance on 101 ESPN in January, when Brandon Lloyd was asked how much credit Rams OC Josh McDaniels should receive for his phenomenal numbers in 2010, he said, "All of it. He provided the right environment for me to thrive in. He gave me confidence and most importantly he gave me opportunity. With this offense, it allowed Kyle (Orton) to be able to throw the ball like he could throw the ball and have the confidence to do it. Josh was the sole provider of that confidence and opportunity for both of us."
We're expecting good things from Lloyd as he joins the Rams. He's familiar with the offense and has an OC that is willing to use him. He also had a good QB throwing him the ball. The question will be how quickly can Sam Bradford and Lloyd develop the timing and rapport that is so crucial to QB/WR success.
The Cowboys are #10 in fewest Adjusted FP allowed to QBs this year, so this is not a great matchup for Bradford even though he should have the services of newly-acquired Brandon Lloyd at his disposal.
Monday, October 17, 2011, 6:07pm
Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Bradford had a noticeable limp when he reported for a team meeting Monday afternoon.
It was widely reported last week the Broncos were open to dealing Lloyd and shopped around ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline. The Rams, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots were all known to be in discussions with the Broncos, sources told The Denver Post.
Lloyd, 30, is scheduled to make $1.395 million this season. He led the league last season with 1,448 yards on 77 receptions and scored 11 touchdowns.
Lloyd has 19 catches for 283 yards and no touchdowns this season.
The Rams offense has struggled getting off the ground, and Josh McDaniels is obviously familiar with Brandon Lloyd from his time in Denver. Lloyd should step in as the WR1, but we don't see a mid-season change of scenery as a huge boost to his fantasy value. Danario Alexander will likely be the two with Brandon Gibson taking a back seat and Mike Sims-Walker (healthy scratch) possibly being released. Mark Clayton doesn't look to be a factor at this point. This could help Sam Bradford, but could take some time. One thing the Rams do have going for them is an easier schedule moving forward. This is good news for Eric Decker in Denver, and also could be a signal that 2nd year WR Demaryius Thomas is ready to make an impact.
Monday, October 17, 2011, 10:46am
Quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a sprained left ankle on the Rams' last offensive play of the game — a 7-yard sack. But X-rays were negative, and Bradford said: "It's fine. I think they're just being a little cautious."
Thursday, October 13, 2011, 4:12pm
As for improving the Rams’ pass protection, Bradford said the onus is on the entire offense, including him.
"I think there are areas we all can get better in," Bradford said. "Pass protection isn’t just our linemen. It’s me getting the ball out quicker, finding check downs. It’s our receivers getting open. I think we all understand."
Bradford has had a tough schedule thus far, so he and the Rams offense have a chance to bounce back after the bye.
Friday, September 30, 2011, 7:33pm
Thursday, September 29, 2011, 7:01pm
Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 7:05pm
Rams QB Sam Bradford (toe) took full practice reps Wednesday. He sprained his toe against the Ravens, but based on his activity at practice, it doesn't appear to be bothering him. He should play in Week 4.
Friday, September 23, 2011, 9:59am
He said Thursday that he feels fine. He has to manage his knee, but he is hoping for more playing time in Sunday's home game against Baltimore (1-1).
"Yeah, I would love to be out there for more plays," said Alexander. "I'll just keep pushing forward. I don't have any pain. I manage it and the coaches are always watching. I want to stay fresh for the game."
Alexander has earned more playing time, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said.
"Danario had a great game and he's had a good week in practice," McDaniels said. "He's earned the right to be out there more certainly. We're excited about what he can do."
Coach Steve Spagnuolo acknowledged Alexander brings a different dimension to the offense.
"He's a big-play guy, a big, tall receiver," Spagnuolo said. "I think Sam likes throwing to him. He's done some productive things. We'll get him in there more and more. We all know what he's battling.
"I watch him all day. It's amazing what he does from a physical standpoint with the injury he has. He'll never tell you he has anything wrong but he does have to manage it."
The fact that Alexander was inactive for W1 underscores his injury history. He's a big play guy, so don't be surprised if he has a goose egg now and then if he and Sam Bradford fail to hook up on a deep pass.
Saturday, September 17, 2011, 4:17pm
Saturday, September 17, 2011, 3:58pm
Greg Salas will be Sam Bradford's slot receiver with Amendola out.
Friday, September 16, 2011, 6:58pm
Thursday, September 15, 2011, 6:55pm
Thursday, September 15, 2011, 12:06pm
A special glove designed to increase blood flow to the injury and reduce swelling may have helped get him back on the field quickly.
Bradford said although there was some soreness, the finger felt “10 times better’’ than it did on Monday, the day after the Rams’ opening 31-13 loss to the Eagles. The original plan didn’t call for him to do any throwing before today, and Bradford hadn’t been that optimistic.
“I couldn’t tell a bit,’’ wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker said. “He looked great to me.’’