The Saints are being cautious with Brees' injury. Head coach Sean Payton has maintained they'll continue to monitor his progress and take it "day-to-day."
Brees continues to rehab on the side. He did some light running and agility drills before throwing with injured wide receiver Kenny Stills. It seems like the team is just being cautious with their star QB but we'll continue to monitor in case it's something more. He's considered a top-three fantasy QB option this season.
Sunday, August 10, 2014, 1:28pm
After pursuing him for a couple of weeks and even in previous seasons, the Rams finally snatched QB Shaun Hill away from the Detroit Lions in the offseason. Hill has wasted no time proving why the Rams coveted him.
Starting the preseason opener in place of Bradford, Hill went 5 of 7 for 84 yards and two touchdowns for a passer rating of 151.2.
“Well, we expect him to do that; that’s what he’s done for years," coach Jeff Fisher said. "(He) has a good feel for what we’re doing and a good sense for timing and throws a nice ball, a catchable ball. Five-for-7 and good control over what we were doing. That was pretty good, pretty good first effort for him.”
It's just one game, but Hill is exactly the type of steady hand who would give them insurance in case of another Bradford injury. The Rams are considered to have a pretty good defense and certainly some talent on offense so Hill could keep them on line to make a playoff run if need be. Hill very well could offer the same kind of fantasy value as Bradford, which is low-end QB2 or a committee candidate in certain matchups. Bradford is expected to play in preseason Week 2.
Saturday, August 9, 2014, 11:48am
St. Louis Rams tight end/defensive lineman Mason Brodine was working to make the team's 53-man roster in a unique role.
Brodine switched from defensive end to tight end in the offseason but was doing a bit of both during this season's training camp. He'd hoped that versatility would give him a shot to make the roster after spending most of the past two seasons on the practice squad.
Those hopes were dashed in Friday night's preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints when Brodine suffered a fractured ankle in the first half. He's scheduled for surgery on Tuesday and his season is over before it ever really got started.
Friday, August 8, 2014, 1:30pm
In this camp, he's already lost reps to Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey and is getting little work with the first offense in practice. He's already been bumped to third on the depth chart and will need a big finish to work his way back to a starting role.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:32pm
Rams running back Zac Stacy did go through the practice after limping off during Tuesday's practice. The injury didn't seem serious at the time and it appears there is nothing to it as he was back to go through special teams drills Wednesday. Stacy said after the practice that he's feeling good and though he's unsure if he'll play in the preseason opener, made it clear he's ready to go if called upon.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 2:39pm
He’s a player who excels in making defenders miss and evading them with breakaway speed. After practice on Monday, head coach Jeff Fisher said that the key to Austin’s success is just getting him the ball in space.
“You could see a couple times today he made people miss and picked up big gains, so that’s what we’re looking for,” Fisher said. “We’ve got a good feel for him. He’s got a good feel for the offense. It’s just a matter of finding enough footballs to go around.”
Part of what makes Austin so dangerous is he can be effective in the passing and running games. He’s certainly a candidate for a breakout year in 2014.
Austin had a disappointing year by most accounts, but it wasn’t necessarily his fault. He had trouble getting on the field, playing just 50% of his team’s snaps. His FP/T (0.95) was respectable for a rookie, though it seemed like OC Brian Shottenheimer wasn’t sure how to utilize Austin’s skill set. HC Jeff Fisher said that he expects that the team will do a better job of that in 2014. In the end, Austin did lead the Rams’ WRs in catches (40).
So far, so good.
A first-round pick in 2009, Britt was breaking out in 2011 before a Week 3 torn ACL threw his career off course even more than a rash of early-career run-ins with the law. Last year, he caught 11 passes for 96 yards in 12 appearances and three starts.
Britt, at times, looked like a dominant WR1 throughout his career but couldn't stay healthy and couldn't stay out of trouble. If he can do that in St. Louis, he could be quite a weapon for QB Sam Bradford and the Rams. Ranked just 60th on our list now, we acknowledge his stock is rising.
Saturday, August 2, 2014, 7:11pm
"You can see those balls were humming," coach Jeff Fisher said after Saturday's practice.
Bradford seems to benefiting from improved upper-body strength.
To keep the arm strong, coaches are monitoring Bradford's pitch count, so to speak, the story said. Both sides said there's no set limit, but that the information would help factor progress and performance in training camp. Once again, this seems like a make-or-break year for Bradford, who was having a decent season last year before getting hurt. Bradford is just 23rd on our list and isn't getting a lot of draft-day love in typical 10 or 12 team leagues.
Sam Bradford wasted no time getting started in team drills, completing touchdown passes to Brian Quick, Kenny Britt and Austin Pettis. Most notably, Britt hauled in a difficult ball with second-year defensive back Brandon McGee in his face.
“He loves playing the game,” Fisher said of Britt. “He feels good. He’s making a lot of plays for us.”
Fisher also credits Britt for bringing along Quick, a receiver of a similar ilk. “Kenny may make a mistake as far as an incorrect route here or there, but he does it going full speed,” Fisher stated. “Brian, early on in his career, if he wasn’t sure, he wasn’t quite full speed. I think Brian’s learning just to go. Good things happen when you’re running hard.”
Britt is apparently running with the first team alongside Quick, with Tavon Austin manning the slot. If this continues, he'll be a compelling late-round pick on draft day. He has talent, but hasn't shown it in recent years. Maybe a fresh start with his old coach (FIsher) will do the trick. There is certainly opportunity in the Rams' receiving corps.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 8:28am
The Rams were 3-4 with Bradford and it could be argued he might have made enough impact to turn the tide in narrow home losses the next two weeks against the Seahawks and Tennessee Titans. The Rams went to a ground-oriented offense under journeyman backup Kellen Clemens and finished with seven victories for the second straight season.
Once again, this is considered a make-or-break season for Bradford who is a former number-one overall pick. For as good as Bradford was playing, last year, he was #11 QB in that span which made him a borderline starter in slightly deeper leagues. This year, Bradford is out of our top-20 at the moment and isn't getting drafted, but certainly has the potential get back on the fantasy radar once the season starts.
Of course, that part isn't so far-fetched considering Stacy's knack for nagging injuries as a rookie. And so far, Stacy has been getting the majority of the work with the first-team offense. We'll see if anything changes as camp goes on but for now, most of the training camp competitions are centered more on sorting out players rather than open jobs amongst the starting 22.
Way back in March, Fisher said Stacy was a guy who could get a bulk of work in the Rams offense, which equated to about 300 carries. Of course the key is staying healthy. The NFC West is also a tough division to face twice a year, but one of Stacy's better games last year came against the Seahawks at home. He posted #8 RB numbers from Week 5 on in 2013, but Tre Mason could steal some carries to help keep Stacy fresh. He's ranked 12th on our list with an ADP of the early fourth round.
Bradford is coming off a torn ACL, but coach Jeff Fisher said Thursday that there wouldn’t be any limits on the quarterback during practice.
“Sam is in great shape,” Fisher said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “He’s ready to go. We don’t have [reservations] — right now as we speak, as camp starts — he’s full-go. If we need to back him down here and there, we’ll back him down.”
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. The team didn’t do much this offseason to improve the receiving corps.
Rice missed the final eight games of the Seahawks 2013 season after tearing his ACL in a Week 8 win over the Rams. Rice was then cut by Seattle in February in a cost-cutting move that cleared up $7.3 million in 2014 cap space for Seahawks. However, Rice returned to the team in April when he signed a one-year deal.
The receiver's injury history played a large part in his decision to retire, "I was just thinking about things I've been through in the last few years," Rice told the team's official website. "I've hit the ground a number of times. I have quite a few injuries. It's something I've always battled through and came back from, But I just figure at this point I have the rest of my life ahead of me and I want to be able to function and do things later down the road."
We wish Rice the best of luck in his future endeavors. It's a pragmatic move by a player who sees the risks involved with continuing his career given his history of concussions. His departure should shore up Jermaine Kearse's snaps and opens the door for rookie Paul Richardson to see a role as a deep threat.
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 11:27am
While nothing is set in stone in terms of starters at receiver entering this training camp, Rams WR Chris Givens does seem to have the inside track on holding down a starting job, at least as camp opens. Tavon Austin also figures to have a large role. Givens will almost certainly have every opportunity to nail down the job, especially with Stedman Bailey set to miss the first four games because of a suspension. The Rams haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2007 or even one to reach 700 yards since 2008. Givens doesn't have to reach the 1,000-yard mark for it to be considered a productive season but something close to 800 yards with six touchdowns would go a long way in ensuring his future as a starter.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:11pm
Tennessee's players and coaches are won over, with receivers aide Shawn Jefferson talking up Justin Hunter as the one who could carry the Titans into the playoffs, while fellow wideout Michael Preston turned heads this offseason by calling Hunter a young Randy Moss -- a claim he didn't back away from Monday.
"I know how great a player Randy Moss was, and in my mind, there's no reason Justin can't be the next greatest player," Preston told Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. "... I just want to be there to support him. I know he's going to grow, make a great leap this year, and impress the city and fans with his talent."
With Kenny Britt out of the way, Hunter owns a legitimate chance to make an impact come September. NFL Films guru Greg Cosell called him "the most intriguing" and "physically talented" wideout in last year's draft -- and his game tape is speckled with flashes of brilliance -- but comparisons to a rock-solid future Hall of Famer are wildly premature.
As a rookie, Hunter checked in with the #18 FP/T (1.41), which is encouraging, especially if he’s able to beat out Nate Washington and get on the field as more than a just a passing-down specialist. He only played 36% of the team’s snaps, while Washington played 82%. The good news is that under then-OC Ken Whisenhunt, Keenan Allen, Vincent Brown and Eddie Royal all played at least 67% of the Chargers’ snaps. So with Whiz calling the plays in Tennessee, there may be room for both Washington and Hunter in the lineup.