Rams Fantasy News
Friday, August 9, 2013, 8:31pm
Lewis got things rolling with a 31-yard kickoff return and converted a third-down on the opening drive with a 9-yard blast. On the second possession, he caught a short screen pass from Brandon Weeden and sprinted up the left side for 16 yards before he was forced out of bounds.
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Tavon Austin "looked every bit worth" No. 8 pick
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 7:38pm
He has looked every bit worth the trade-up to No. 8 overall on the practice field at Rams Park. Now Tavon Austin — and the rest of the draft class of 2013, for that matter — get to go against enemy competition. It will be interesting to see how many ways Austin is used against the Browns. Receiver? Certainly. Returns? Probably. Running back? Stay tuned.
Austin will replace the departed Danny Amendola in the slot and immediately becomes the most intriguing fantasy receiver in St. Louis. He’s a couple of inches shorter than Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb, but has the same type of skill set. The Rams have already told him that he'll be lining up all over the field, so expect a few carries as well. He should be especially good in PPR formats.
Trent Richardson (shin) out for Thursday night
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 7:43pm
“Those guys would be available to play normally,” Chudzinski said Wednesday during his post-practice news conference. “But since it’s the preseason we’re going to be smart with them and hold them for the game.”
Richardson, the third overall pick in last year’s draft, missed two practices last week after being kicked in the right shin, the same one in which he suffered a strained muscle in the spring. He returned to practice Monday and took three carries in team drills, but he hasn’t worked in any 11-on-11 sessions since.
Richardson missed most of training camp and all four preseason games last year after undergoing surgery Aug. 9 to have a piece of loose cartilage removed from his left knee. Still, he made it back in time for the 2012 regular-season opener.
Chudzinski said he’s not concerned about Richardson’s durability and will determine his status for the other preseason games week by week.
Richardson's questionable durability has us a bit down on him relative to the general consensus. Richardson struggled with injuries down the stretch, only averaging 3.3 YPC in his final six games. But his saving grace was that he managed to find the endzone six times in that same span. He's a solid pick in the late 1st round.
Rams think Daryl Richardson will be starter
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 10:18pm
Isaiah Pead will likely still be in the mix, and those two have stood out the most at camp so far. We predict Richardson to get the most work of the two and is ranked 34th on our RB list. Both backs are late round options to help with depth on your roster.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 6:11pm
Monday, August 5, 2013, 10:02am
Richardson is 34th and Pead is 46th on our list. While Richardson is the starter on the depth chart at this point in camp, it's hard to imagine Pead not getting his share of work, which is why neither back should be higher than an RB4 on your roster - at least early in the season.
Monday, August 5, 2013, 9:57am
There are certain routes he excels at, such as the fade pattern in the end zone. But he needs to display more consistency catching the ball and get better at using his size to grab contested or 50-50 balls.
Quick looks like the No. 4 but unlike last year in camp, he has gotten plenty of practice reps with the starting offense.
Trent Richardson (shin) questionable for Thursday
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 11:16pm
Richardson is expected to carry a big load this year, but his injury history is worrisome to say the least.
Friday, August 2, 2013, 8:35pm
Sam Bradford, Jared Cook "connected endlessly" in camp
Friday, August 2, 2013, 8:34pm
At tight end, Rams free-agent signee Jared Cook began building his rapport with Sam Bradford during sessions in the summer. They've already connected endlessly in camp, making one believe he'll serve as Bradford's security blanket like Danny Amendola was in 2012. What the coaches also like is that when Bradford throws it, Cook catches it. "Jared has a giant receiving radius," HC Jeff Fisher said. "With Sam's accuracy, Sam can put the ball out of frame to complete it. And they work really well together."
Cook is an upside TE2, though his ADP (9.09) is high considering that he isn't all that accomplished in his career. That could change in 2013, though former Cook owners have heard this song before.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 11:29pm
Rams TE Jared Cook believes he was underutilized with Tennessee. And the Rams sold him hard on how much they would feature him in this offense the way Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez, Vernon Davis and Jason Witten are featured as Pro Bowl-caliber tight ends elsewhere.
“They were telling me about the talent that was going to be around me,” he said after practice recently. “It was just mostly about utilizing my talents and about putting me on stage a little bit more. ... And I was drinking from the water.”
Although Cook is listed as a tight end, it almost feels as if he’s taken over Danny Amendola’s slot position in the offense. But the longer you look at this offense, the more you realize this is not even remotely the same offense that Bradford was running last year with the reliable slot man.
Cook has the talent to be a TE1, but has been spotty thus far in his career. It's encouraging to hear that he's being used frequently in practice and that the team told him he'd be featured in the offense.
Fisher: "We may not end up with a bell cow" at RB
Friday, July 26, 2013, 12:06pm
“I’ve usually had a guy, but that’s what the competition is about, and that’s what camp’s for and preseason games are for,” Fisher said. ”It’s not going to be out of the question that we don’t play two or three of them quite a bit. We may not end up with a ‘bell cow’ like we’ve had last year in [Jackson] and previous years, and just let them all play.”
Though Fisher may end up using multiple tailbacks, if one guy emerges he may end up being the guy.
“I’m not saying that we don’t have one that can. We just haven’t seen him do it yet,” Fisher said. ”One of them may emerge and carry it 350 times this year, we don’t know. But offensively, it’s nice to have two or three guys in a rotation just because there’s different ability levels at the position.”
We think Richardson has the inside track to the most touches, but Pead and Stacy could also be heavily involved.
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 1:45pm
This gives Jared Cook an opportunity to get as many reps as he can handle.
Rams want to spread the ball around offensively
Sunday, July 21, 2013, 6:45pm
Rams GM Kevin Demoff on the team's new offensive approach:
"The goal this year is for [Sam Bradford] to be able to throw to the "open" player, and I expect that we will get meaningful contributions from all 5 WR's, the 2 TE's and the running backs. I think you could see this offense resemble an offense like the Saints where you have 4 or 5 players catch 40-50 balls but nobody who catches 70 or 80. I'm not saying that we are the Saints offense, we need to improve to become that, but more that style where anybody can be a threat on any play. I think that is where we are evolving, letting the down, distance, scheme and coverage dictate who becomes the targeted player."
This could mean that rookie Tavon Austin may be being overdrafted as the 30th WR off the board in the 7th round. We're not sure why Demoff brought up the Saints -- both Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston caught 80+ passes in 2012 and Darren Sproles chimed in with 75 after missing three games due to injury.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 6:41pm
Richardson was ahead of Isaiah Pead, who is suspended for game one. This could still be a camp battle, but for the record we rank Richardson as the top Ram RB, listed 34th with an ADP of the 11th round. The hope is this situation straightens itself out before your draft.