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Chris Givens had a nagging ankle injury in 2013
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 1:14pm

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Rams WR Chris Givens has taken a lot of steps to get his game back on track since the 2013 finale against Seattle when he didn’t have a single catch. He decided that he had to make changes in his life and make football his No. 1 priority.

“When I was young, I felt like I was trying to do too much, please too many people,” he said. “Saying ‘yes’ too much. Being afraid to let my light shine because of how it made someone else feel. So I humbled myself and made football my job. Made it a priority. And I just started writing goals and doing a lot of things.”

In Arizona he worked with longtime fitness and martial arts instructor Mack Newton. Givens described him as “this 68-year-old trainer. ... Old school. No weight-lifting. He works on building you up from the inside-out. Before every class, we’d sit down and talk for like an hour, just about spiritual things, and having the proper self-esteem.”

By now, Givens has put the frustration of last season behind him, a season that included a shoulder injury and an especially nagging ankle injury. Givens didn’t miss any games but said the ankle injury required a lot of maintenance and bothered him most of the year.

“My goals right now are to be really involved with the team, and to really embrace the whole concept of team,” Givens said. “And just to be a leader. Be a finisher. Be a catalyst. To do everything I need to do to put my body in the best position to start (training) camp.”

Fantasy Impact:

Givens is a candidate for a bounce-back season after a very disappointing sophomore campaign. A renewed focus on football will help, but so should the return of QB Sam Bradford, who missed much of the season with a torn ACL.

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Fisher: Sam Bradford is 'way ahead of schedule'
Monday, April 21, 2014, 11:00am

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With today’s start of the Rams’ offseason conditioning program, quarterback Sam Bradford will be limited along with a few other players coming off injuries.

“Sam’s in a very good place considering what happened last year,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “I thought he was off to a great start. Had he stayed healthy his projected numbers could’ve been quite impressive. He’s worked hard through the process, and I would expect him at some point to be throwing in OTAs.”

“You’re not gonna hear a head coach say he has a player on his team that’s not ahead of schedule coming off an ACL. Everybody says they’re all ahead of schedule. But he is realistically way ahead of schedule."

Fantasy Impact:

Through the first seven games of the season, Bradford averaged 16.9 FP and was the #11 QB before injuring his knee late in a game against the Panthers. Fantasy-wise, he may have turned a corner, but he's going to have to put together a full, productive season to get a sizable extension from the Rams. He'll be a QBBC type in 2014.

Rams sign Kenny Britt
Monday, March 31, 2014, 8:22pm

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The St. Louis Rams have signed former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt to a one-year, $1.4M deal, including $550,000 guaranteed, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The maximum value of the deal is $2.9 million, the source said.

Drafted 30th overall in the 2009 draft, Britt wowed the Titans with his ability to get off the press at the line of scrimmage. He caught 42 passes in each of his first two seasons, with nine touchdown catches in 2010.

But he's spiraled downward from there, suffering a torn ACL early in 2010. He has also caused the Titans headaches with multiple off-field incidents that drew police attention.

He looked primed for a big contract year with a solid training camp in 2013, but with early drops and penalty issues he became a non-factor, playing little once he lost his confidence and not dressing for three of the final four games.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a deal that's been rumored for a while. Britt has fantasy sleeper potential this season, but most owners have likely grown tired of waiting for that by now. Still, he could very well lead the Ram WRs this year if things work out. As the story points out, since 2010 he suffered a torn ACL, had multiple off-field incidents that drew police attention and last year had early drops and penalty issues which eventually moved him down the Titans depth chart.

Monday, March 31, 2014, 12:46pm

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Rams HC Jeff Fisher expressed confidence WR Tavon Austin would take the next step in 2014 and the team would have a better idea of ways to best use him.

“We’re not disappointed in what his production was last year at all," Fisher said. "One of the things that was misleading was he had two or three returns called back -- one against Dallas --and then he got hurt. I think another year in the program, in the offense, OTAs, training camp, you’ll see more production. I think we’ll do a better job of using him now that we know what he’s capable of doing. Kind of looking forward to see him improve from year one to year two.’’

Fantasy Impact:

For the most part, Austin was a fantasy disappointment outside of a couple of games. He broke 50 receiving yards just one time last year, and that was his two-catch, 138 yard, 2 TD performance against the Colts. He had a rushing TD for 65 yards and another rush for 56 yards that didn't go for a TD, plus one kick return for a touchdown. He has a good chance to build on that this year assuming Fisher is correct about realizing how to use him.

Friday, March 28, 2014, 10:56am

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The Atlanta Falcons, they made their big pickup last offseason by signing Steven Jackson to a three-year, $12 million deal. Jackson had eight-consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons with the St. Louis Rams before joining the Falcons.

He averaged a career-low 3.5 yards per carry in his first season with Atlanta as a hamstring injury limited him to 12 games and poor offensive line play hampered his effectiveness.

But Falcons head coach Mike Smith expressed faith in Jackson moving forward, although Jackson turns 31 before the 2014 season.

"Unfortunately, Steven was injured last year and we didn't really get a chance to see what he was capable of doing until the last four or five games," Smith said. "But you've got to have a big back when you have to get the two or three yards. Especially late in the season, you've got to be able to run the football."

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson injured his hamstring in a Week 2 win over his former team, the Rams. He missed four games and couldn't get into a rhythm immediately. He finished the 2013 season with six touchdowns in the last six games, the story points out. But, he's clearly on the decline and many think the Falcons will address the position in the draft.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 2:12pm

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QB Shaun Hill has agreed to terms on free-agent deal with Rams.

Fisher: Zac Stacy 'probably that 70-percent guy'
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 1:59pm

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Rams coach Jeff Fisher, on RB Zac Stacy's evolving role with Rams: "I think over time, he'll probably be that 70-percent of the carries guy."

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams rushed 426 times last year, which means Stacy would get 298 of those carries if the numbers are similar next season. That would have put him third in the league in 2013 behind just LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch, and just ahead of Matt Forte, Ryan Mathews and Eddie Lacy ... so the company is pretty good.

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:45pm

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The Chargers agreed to terms with QB Kellen Clemens, former Rams backup.

Pats open to trading Danny Amendola
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 12:34pm

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NFL teams say the name of Danny Amendola has been floated in trade talks. The Patriots signed the wide receiver to a five-year, $28.5 million contract last offseason, but Amendola struggled to stay healthy and did not have the kind of impact the team envisioned him having. Amendola caught 54 passes for 633 yards with Tom Brady throwing to him. He had two better seasons when he played in St. Louis with Sam Bradford throwing to him. There has been speculation the Patriots could cut Amendola if a deal cannot be worked out.

Fantasy Impact:

If the Patriots are able to move Amendola, or choose to cut him, it would boost the chances that the team would re-sign Julian Edelman, who was the superior receiver in 2013.

Zac Stacy may see increased workload in 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 12:37pm

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Rams GM Les Snead indicated Zac Stacy's workload will only go up.

Fantasy Impact:

After toying around with Daryl Richardson for a few weeks, the Rams turned to Stacy in Week 5, and he never looked back, posting #8 RB numbers the rest of the way. He scored eight TDs in his final 10 games and will enter the 2014 season as the Rams’ bellcow back.

Fisher: Sam Bradford is our quarterback
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 10:56am

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Two questions facing the Rams this offseason are whether Sam Bradford is the right man to be the franchise quarterback, and whether the Rams and Bradford will agree to a new contract. Rams coach Jeff Fisher says he doesn’t know the answer to the latter question, but the answer to the former is an emphatic yes.

Fisher said on Mike and Mike in the Morning that Bradford is making good progress in recovery from the torn ACL that cut short his 2013 season, and will be the starting quarterback for the Rams when the season starts.

“Sam’s doing great with the rehab,” Fisher said. “He’s really excited. He took on a leadership role last year and he’s maintained that and he’s our quarterback, and we’ve said that.”

Fantasy Impact:

In seven games, Bradford averaged 16.9 FP, which was the 15th-highest average among QBs. Fantasy-wise, he may have turned a corner, but he's going to have to put together a full, productive season to get a sizable extension from the Rams.

Rams hire Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator
Thursday, January 30, 2014, 10:55am

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The Rams fired DC Tim Walton and hired Gregg Williams.

Fantasy Impact:

This should be an upgrade for the Rams defense. Williams was slated to be the Rams' DC in 2013 but was suspended due to the bounty scandal in New Orleans. After finishing as the #6 fantasy defense in 2013, the Rams may be even better next season.

Friday, January 17, 2014, 11:36am

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Last Monday marked eight weeks since Sam Bradford underwent left knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. And the Rams’ quarterback couldn’t be feeling better.

The knee is pain free, the rehab process is going well and accelerating. Prior to the surgery, Bradford wouldn’t offer a prediction on when he’d be able to return. But on Thursday he said there was no reason why he shouldn’t be ready to go by the start of training camp in late July.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford will be somewhere in the QB2 mix by the time 2014 draft season begins.

Sunday, December 29, 2013, 3:34pm

Rams Inactives
Tavon Austin WR
Sammy Brown LB
Matt Conrath DT
Harvey Dahl G
Mike Person T
Quinton Pointer CB
Daryl Richardson RB

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