Rams Fantasy News
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 7:03pm
“This is probably the best group since Alge (Crumpler) and Bo Scaife,” said Loggains, who’s been with the Titans for eight years. “I feel really good about having three guys that can do a lot of different things. Also all three of them can be in-line blockers, point-of-attack blockers, and all of them have good speed.”
Crumpler and Scaife played together in 2008 and 2009 for the Titans.
The article points out that none of those three have ever caught more than 30 passes in a season. Walker is ranked the highest of the three on our TE list at 31. At that spot, he's just a mid-range TE3 in a 12-team league. He'll likely be available very late in drafts.
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Sunday, June 16, 2013, 8:05pm
As the spring ended, Austin Pettis and Chris Givens were working as the starting outside wide receivers, with first-round draft pick Austin the starting slot receiver, and Brian Quick the No. 4. Not that Quick has had a disappointing spring; it’s just that Pettis has been that impressive.
“(Quick’s) doing a lot better,” Schottenheimer said. “He’s stepped up this year. He’s just much more comfortable.”
We'll see if Pettis is able to hold off the rawer yet more talented Quick when the pads go on in August.
Rams have "rerouted offense" through Sam Bradford
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 9:58am
With power back Steven Jackson gone to Atlanta, the Rams have rerouted their offense through QB Sam Bradford, loading up on speed at the skill positions and upgrading their line with tackle Jake Long's addition in free agency.
OC Brian Schottenheimer is back, marking the first time Bradford has had the same coordinator in successive NFL seasons, but so much else has changed.
"Totally different," Bradford said following practice Tuesday. "The speed that we have acquired and what we have on the outside now -- and even the inside -- it suits us more to spread it out and play more one-back this year."
The Rams added Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Jared Cook at receiver and the stability of Jeff Fisher certainly helps. Over his final eight games of 2012, he averaged 238 yards and 1.6 TDs. Bradford seems primed to build on his 22-TD season from a year ago, and is an interesting QB2 pick this summer. He's a good candidate for QBBC as well.
Rams expected to use a "committee approach" at RB
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 10:14am
Rookie running back Zac Stacy caught the ball well out of the backfield, including when he had to extend for passes outside his frame. Stacy is in position to get significant carries as a rookie fifth-round draft choice, but it's too early to know how the position will shake out. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer expects a committee approach. Pass protection is one initial concern because Stacy, Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson are so young.
That's likely because no one has emerged as the clear cut favorite and/or the Rams don't want to hand the job to one of their young backs. We think Daryl Richardson is in the lead due to his good performance last season (4.8 YPC), but the team likes Pead and Stacy as well. A full-blown RBBC is a distinct possibility.
Monday, June 10, 2013, 2:14pm
“That offense really didn’t suit me,’’ Rams TE Jared Cook said of Tennessee's offense. “It didn’t fit me. That’s just how it is. Every team a player goes to, the fit is not perfect. Some guys have to move around to two or three teams before they find the perfect fit.’’
But Cook, who was also pursued by the Miami Dolphins, likes what he has seen so far in St. Louis. “I think I’m on an elevator going up,” he said in his first meeting with the local media.
“What we’re getting from Jared out there is what we expected,’’ HC Jeff Fisher said. “The ball’s going around, we’re matching him up, we’re creating mismatches, he’s making plays.
“Whether or not (he was underutilized with Tennessee), we feel like he can add a dimension to our offense that we don’t have.’’
Cook had a breakout season after Jeff Fisher left Tennessee, which has us a bit leery about his prospects for 2013. But Fisher is a defensive mind, so it's up to OC Brian Schottenheimer to get Cook involved in the offense, and the Rams did make him their first priority in free agency. Consider him a TE2 with upside.
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 6:47pm
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 6:29pm
“I expect Chris to have a great year. He works extremely hard,’’ Bradford said. “Where last year he primarily played the ‘Z’ for us, now he’s also being asked to play inside. He’s being asked to go backside and play ‘X’. He’s a really, really smart football player; he understands our offense and I think by moving him to different spots in our offense, he’ll be able to run more routes.
“There’s only so many routes you can run from one position, but when you move him to two or three different spots, you can incorporate him in the whole offense.’’
Isaiah Pead suspended for Week 1
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 10:09am
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Pead will be suspended without pay for the first game of the 2013 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Rapoport reports the team knew about Pead's violation for months, deeming it "minor," and continues to have high expectations for the running back.
Monday, May 27, 2013, 2:10pm
It’s clear from watching that the Rams intend to be more high octane offensively. QB Sam Bradford discussed that possibility yesterday and it seemed it was very likely given the weapons that were added during the offseason.
Tavon Austin taking handoffs in practice
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 10:50am
Tavon Austin, chosen No. 8 overall in the recent NFL draft, took a few handoffs midway through practice. At West Virginia last fall, in addition to catching 114 passes for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns, Austin rushed 72 times for 643 yards and three scores.
Sam Bradford and Jared Cook "seem to be clicking"
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 10:49am
Cook certainly looks like a dangerous, pass-catching TE, but he's been unable to put together a good fantasy season in four years in the league. The Rams may be just the fresh start that Cook needs, though it's no sure thing he'll be anything more than a spot-starter at TE.
Friday, May 24, 2013, 10:09am
Schiano "not against" Mike Glennon winning QB job
Monday, May 20, 2013, 10:14am
Buccaneers HC Greg Schiano said he believes QB Mike Glennon “can play quickly” if he is needed. “But our situation will be only if he’s needed,” he said. “Or if he wins the job. Look, I’m not against that. We have a starting quarterback. It’s not like we’re looking to find a starter. But competition is competition. Mike Glennon is a fierce competitor. I knew that when he was coming out of high school. Now being able to work with him a little, you can see it on the practice field.”
“He has pocket presence, ability to feel the rush and move in the pocket,” Schiano said. “He can extend the play. Can he tuck the ball and run away from people? No. He is not going to be the guy who makes the 30 yard run. Can he tuck it and keep himself safe? Yes, he shows that he does that on college tape a lot. He takes off to run to get out of bounds.”
Through Week 14 of the 2012 season, Josh Freeman had thrown 25 TDs and only eight interceptions, and was fantasy football's #11 QB heading into the final three games. Unfortunately, he threw just two TDs (against nine interceptions) against the Saints, Rams and Falcons to close the season, and now he doesn't seem to have the full confidence of his head coach. This will be a situation to watch in 2013.
Rams to use Tavon Austin all over the field
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 12:43pm
When the Rams traded up to take West Virginia’s Tavon Austin with the eighth overall pick in the NFL draft, the only question was what his primary role would be in St. Louis: Will he be their No. 1 receiver? Take handoffs out of the backfield? Handle punt and kickoff returns?
Rams coach Jeff Fisher would love the answer to be all of the above.
“We’re going to try to get the ball to him as often as we can, however we do that,” Fisher said.
The Rams see Austin as a uniquely talented player, a player who has such versatility that he could be the Rams’ leading receiver in one game, their leading rusher in another game, and score a touchdown on special teams in another game.
“He’s very talented. We drafted him because he’s got receiver skills, run skills, return skills. We think we can use him in all those areas,” Fisher said.
We currently have Austin projected for 77-953-4.6 receiving and 19-102 in the running game. Keep in mind that only six receivers have caught more than 70 passes in their rookie season.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 3:57pm
At the moment, Rams WRs Brian Quick and Chris Givens project as the starting outside receivers, with Tavon Austin in the slot. The Rams could pair those three up in two tight end sets with Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks in what would be an empty backfield. Three- and four-receiver sets figure to see more use at the Edward Jones Dome than they have since the days of Mike Martz.
Cook alone could line up on the line, in the backfield, in the slot and out wide.
As for Austin, the possibilities are just as numerous. When asked Thursday if Austin will line up in the backfield as a ball-carrier, HC Jeff Fisher smiled and said: “Maybe. We’ll see.”
Actually, Austin let the cat out of the playbook earlier that night while on a conference call with St. Louis reporters.
“They showed me all the positions that I did when I played for Coach (Dana) Holgorsen,” Austin said, referring to the West Virginia head coach. “They’re going to use me in the backfield. Coach Fisher talked to me about special teams, and I’m definitely a slot receiver. So, they definitely have a plan for me.”
Austin figures to have the most fantasy value of any of the Rams WRs.