Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 8:39pm
On Tuesday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher announced that Keenum has "locked up" the No. 2 quarterback spot behind Foles.
"He just has a good feel for offense and timing and release and is a natural athlete," Fisher said. "Since the trade he's been able to sit here and really, really grasp the offense, so he has a good feel for what we're doing."
He has completed 20 of 34 passes for 255 yards with one touchdown and a QB rating of 92.2.
Tight end Travis Kelce wasn’t going to play for the Kansas City Chiefs in Thursday night’s final preseason game at the St. Louis Rams, sprained ankle or not. The Chiefs will rest their starters against the Rams.
So the timing of Kelce’s sprained ankle couldn’t be better for the Chiefs. Kelce, who left practice early on Monday because of the injury, should return to practice next week and be available for the Sept. 13 regular-season opener against the Texans in Houston.
"There’s a chance if we were playing a regular-season game (this week) he’d have a pretty good shot at playing," coach Andy Reid said. "It looked like he got his foot caught in the grass and tweaked his ankle a little bit. He’s lucky the grass gave way a little bit, actually."
Good news for Kelce owners as it seems he should be fine with a couple of weeks off before the start of the season. Originally reported as a leg injury, it looks like it's a sprained ankle but not the dreaded high ankle sprain.
Coach Chuck Pagano said on Monday that Hilton is in the league’s concussion protocol after reporting symptoms of the injury following Saturday’s game against the Rams. He was subsequently evaluated by team doctors and will be monitored in the coming days. Hilton had three catches for 44 yards during the game and was probably unlikely to play in this week’s preseason finale even without the head injury.
There’s no way to guess whether Hilton will be cleared in time to face the Bills in Week 1, but having two weeks to get it leaves time before the Colts will have to seriously ponder alternatives in the offense. Youngsters Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett would be next in line to step up. We have Dorsett as the Colts WR3 so he could get a huge boost in fantasy value if Hilton misses time.
Mason hurt his hamstring in the first half of Saturday’s game against the Colts and didn’t return to the field. Coach Jeff Fisher said Sunday that Mason won’t play in Thursday night’s preseason finale and that he’s questionable for Week One.
If Mason is out, Cunningham is sure to be involved, but the Rams may elect not to be quite so cautious with Gurley if it looks like he's close to 100 percent.
Rams running back Todd Gurley, the No. 10 overall pick in the spring's NFL draft, has been cleared to begin practicing. Head coach Jeff Fisher made the announcement in a Monday meeting with the media at Rams Park.
“So that's good news,'' Fisher said. “Now we're going to progress him slowly, but he'll be able to participate in seven-on-seven and team drills. To this point, he's just been participating in the one-on-ones. We'll take it slow, but it's going to fun to get him on the practice field.''
Fisher said that Gurley, who underwent ACL surgery on his left knee in November, will not play in the preseason.
“No, we don't have any intention of doing that,'' the coach said. “We're just going to slowly increase his reps and see how he progresses. He may need a day off here or day, but it's good news. Dr. (James) Andrews was really pleased with his progress, so he's cutting him loose... (but) he'll continue to wear the brace.''
When asked if the team was anticipating Gurley being ready for the season opener Sept. 13 against the visiting Seattle Seahawks, Fisher said, “Don't know. Gonna bring him along slow.'' That's been the motto so far this whole offseason, and some beat writers even went as far as saying they didn't think Gurley would have the type of impact this year one would expect from a back taken 10th overall. Tre Mason looks like he'll at least have some early season value. At some point, it's going to be hard to keep a back like Gurley on the sidelines.
Monday, August 24, 2015, 10:37am
Whether the problem was with Bishop Sankey or the offensive line, the Titans’ running game came under plenty of criticism after the preseason opener.
“The line was doing really well initially making holes, and I was just hitting the holes,” Sankey said. “This week, the big emphasis was (running backs coach Sylvester Croom) telling us to just hit the hole and not hesitate — and when I see a crease, hit it.”
Sankey is a bit of a forgotten man in drafts this year, mostly because of rookie David Cobb starting to get a lot of press. But it's also because of the Titans poor offensive line. If that part of the Titan offense can come together, Sankey could be a guy to take a shot on as he falls in drafts.
Other than that, to my eye, he's clearly been the team's best and most consistent receiver. He looks healthy, he sounds determined and he has a greater appreciation of the game after having it taken from him last year because of a devastating shoulder injury.
Does that mean Quick will become the No. 1 type of dominant wideout many hope he can? I don't know if I'd go that far. But barring a setback, I expect him to be the team's most productive pass catcher in 2015.
You've probably read a few stories on 4for4 about the Rams WRs, mostly how they don't have one standout but they expect to excel as a group. That's not always a good sign for fantasy owners, and while we have Quick rated the highest of the Rams WR, he's only 52nd on our list. The Ram WRs are more of late-round adds to fantasy teams for depth with the hope one stands out. Quick may at least give you the best odds.
Wagoner: I suppose the answer to that question starts with what your perspective is on what type of impact you believe Todd Gurley is supposed to have. For me, I don't think we can expect him to come in and instantly become the game-breaker that he was drafted to be. Some of that is a function of his rehab from the knee injury and some of it is from the likelihood that his offensive line is going to take some time to develop.
I expect Gurley to have a very limited role or potentially even sit the first game or two before he slowly starts working his way into the mix. He probably won't take on a full workload until a bit later in the season. If he comes in at that pace, then I suppose the answer for this year is no. We all know he brings a lot of talent to the table but as with any rookie -- let alone ones coming off major knee injuries -- there's always the possibility he won't pan out and play to his draft status. Gurley is no exception.
It doesn't sound very positive for potential Gurley owners who are expecting him to come in and be an instant RB1. It sounds like the Rams are going to bring him along slowly, perhaps very slowly. He's not going to play in preseason which means which means his chances of having an early impact don't seem very good. Later on this season could be a different story, but Wagoner didn't seem all that optimistic he's going to have the impact everyone might expect of a RB taken early in the first round of the NFL Draft. Tre Mason looks like he'll at least have early season fantasy value and may even continue to be productive further into the season than most thought.
Early in practice, Titans tight end Delanie Walker bobbled and dropped a Mariota pass, the kind that he usually hauls in with ease. I asked him if his injured thumb — he needed 12 stitches to close a cut earlier this month — was causing him any problems. He said the thumb is still tender but improving. Walker said he’ll test the thumb Sunday before a decision is made on whether he plays against the Rams.
Last year, Walker finished #9 in standard formats and #8 in PPR leagues even though he missed a game and a half in the middle of the season due to a concussion. He was #12 and #11, respectively, in 2013. In his last 22 games with the Titans, he has averaged 11.9 PPG in PPR formats, which would have been enough for a #6 finish last season. In Marcus Mariota, he should get an upgrade at quarterback and figures to remain a big part of the team’s passing attack. We're not too worried about the thumb injury, but it's something to monitor as the offseason draws to a close.
Cowboys writer Bryan Broaddus: I like what I saw from Darren McFadden in his first extensive work during the various team periods in which he took snaps. He looked decisive and committed to what he was handed from this Rams defense in the running game. He was in position to execute the check downs when needed and when asked to step up for pass protection, he was up to the task.
McFadden is perfectly capable of producing behind the team's talented offensive line, but we believe Joseph Randle will be more effective and is more likely to stay healthy.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 6:00pm
Sunday, August 16, 2015, 3:52pm
Streater opened camp on the non-football illness list, with coach Jack Del Rio offering no specific reasons for his absence.
Streater is working with the first and second team offense’s in a non-padded practice, the team’s first since an 18-3 win over the St. Louis Rams in Friday’s exhibition opener.
Fisher previously had strongly hinted that Gurley would not play in the preseason. But for those paying attention as the Rams warmed up against the Oakland Raiders on Friday night, Gurley looked closer to a return than ever.
Fisher was asked to confirm that he never considered playing Gurley in the preseason opener.
"Correct," Fisher told reporters. "Nor am I going to play him next week or the week after. I'm not going to play him for at least the rest of preseason. But the warmup benefit is certainly part of his rehab, and it's really good experience for him."
While Gurley continues to make progress in his rehab, the Rams are sticking to their plan not to hurry him back from the injury.
Gurley, who is still recovering from a torn left ACL suffered last November at Georgia, was dressed in his full uniform, went through pregame warmups with his teammates and looking the part of a player on the verge of a return sooner than later. Then, as expected, Gurley didn't play against the Raiders. Fisher said it was good for Gurley to go through the warmup as part of his rehab. It looks like the Rams are in no hurry to give Gurley a full workload to the start of the season so this news is a bit of a hit to his fantasy value. It looks like Tre Mason could get a bump up, but at some point this season it's hard to imagine Mason and Gurley won't at least split carries. Gurley is still the long term value while Mason's short term value may get an extension.
The blockbuster trade happened months ago, but it's still jarring to see Nick Foles, instead of Sam Bradford, under center in St. Louis. The reality is, armed with a new extension, the fit seems like a great one. After a few shaky weeks facing Gregg Williams' defense in practice (he doesn't hold back), Foles has reached a comfort level. Thanks in part to a newly stocked quarterback room featuring offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti and QB coach Chris Weinke, Foles has returned to his West Coast Offense roots. It's the mental part that's key, being asked to do a lot with protections and getting the team in and out of the right plays. But he's put in the work, and the players have already taken to him.
Foles’ second season as the starter in Philadelphia didn’t go as well as his first. After a ridiculous 27-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2013, Foles tossed 13 touchdowns against 10 picks last year. It wasn’t all his fault, however, as he was playing behind a patchwork offensive line and didn’t seem as comfortable in the pocket. In the seven games that he finished in 2014, he averaged 16.9 fantasy points, which is about what Philip Rivers scored as the #12 QB on the season. Foles ultimately broke his collarbone in Week 9 and missed the final eight games of the season. Now he joins a run-oriented Rams’ offense that is somewhat lacking in talent at receiver. He should be a serviceable/streaming QB2.
While the Rams practiced on one field, a pad-less rookie ran routes against air and caught passes. He looked completely normal, which is the curse of Todd Gurley, their first-round pick. He's so athletic that even when he's rated at 90 percent on a surgically repaired knee, he looks 100 percent. But make no mistake, Gurley isn't ready yet. He won't play in the preseason. I'm told the Rams don't even expect him to be ready for the season. They believe he'll miss the first couple games, not wanting to risk injury until he's ready. The ligament is strong, but the area around it isn't there yet. With so much invested in a player compared to a young Adrian Peterson, St. Louis will be cautious. But the future is so bright for Gurley, team personnel can barely contain themselves.
Gurley is widely considered to be the best running back in the 2015 draft class, but he’s recovering from a November ACL tear. He’ll be nine months into his recovery in August, but he avoided the PUP list at the start of training camp, which is a good sign for his early season availability, though he may not play in Week 1. Typically, an athlete can return to their sport six months after surgery, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be game-ready. Prospective owners should draft Tre Mason or DeAngelo Williams as insurance. When Gurley returns, he should provide high end RB2 numbers if he begins to get starter’s touches.
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