Monday, August 25, 2014, 8:01pm
As it is, he'll play up to a quarter and then give way to Johnny Manziel, who will finish out the half and possibly play into the third quarter. Rex Grossman and Connor Shaw will likely split the second half, coach Mike Pettine said.
But Hoyer said after the 33-14 loss to the Rams Saturday that he welcomes a chance to play. Hoyer and the first-team offense have produced only one touchdown in 14 possessions and Hoyer has earned a 63.7 rating.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:37pm
Rams rookie Tre Mason continues get carries, but hasn't been very productive with them. He played 20 snaps on offense and posted 29 yards on 10 carries. He had 18 of those yards on one run, meaning he gained 11 yards on the other nine carries. He simply hasn't been able to get it going in extended looks during the first three preseason games.
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 8:10pm
With news coming from ESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that Bradford will miss the 2014 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the Rams will almost certainly turn to veteran Shaun Hill to replace him. In Hill, they have an in-house replacement they believe to be an upgrade over Kellen Clemens, the quarterback who replaced Bradford last year.
But Hill is 34 and what was already an uncertain picture at the game's most important position just became a lot fuzzier. Bradford is scheduled to count $17,610,000 against this year's salary cap. His number for next year is a daunting $16,580,000. And he's headed for his second left knee surgery in less than a year.
Forgetting the Rams' inability to reach the playoffs or even post a winning record under Bradford's guidance for a moment, the harsh reality is that there's no longer any debate about whether Bradford should be the team's quarterback of the future. Once this season ends, Bradford will have missed 25 consecutive games over two seasons.
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 7:39pm
Rams coach Jeff Fisher has confirmed that, indeed, quarterback Sam Bradford has been lost for the year, re-tearing the ACL that he first tore in October 2013. Now, with Bradford done, the Rams will hand the ball to backup Shaun Hill.
“Shaun’s our guy,” Fisher told reporters. “We brought him here. He’s got experience. We’ve got all the confidence in the world in him.”
Hill, 34, enters his 13th season in the NFL. His most extensive work came in 2010, starting 10 games for the Lions. For his career, Hill has a 61.9-percent completion percentage, 41, 6,381 passing yards, 41 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions.
It remains to be seen how much of a drop the Ram WRs take from Bradford to Hill. It's possible the Rams lean on the run a little more this year with Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham leading the way. Hill's fantasy value should be considered very limited at this point, with perhaps a chance to be a spot starter in favorable committee matchups as his upside until we see a little more.
Bradford was making his second start of the preseason after returning from a season-ending torn left ACL suffered against Carolina on Oct. 20, 2013. It's a big blow for the Rams, but they apparently have been happy with backup Shaun Hill's performance as well. Hill will likely take over the starting role and hasn't started since 2010. It remains to be seen just how much of a drop, if any, the Rams' wideouts will see with Hill under center. Hill's career numbers (Y/A, Cmp%, TD%) are actually better than Bradford's, so we're not expecting much of a drop in our projections. Bradford's injury may be good news for Stacy owners, however, as the Rams could elect to go more run-heavy. Benny Cunningham may also get a few extra carries.
Cunningham churned out 32 yards on five carries with the first team and showed burst on a 21-yard volt through Mike Pettine's defense. His handiwork, though, doesn't suggest a change in the pecking order.
"We just gave (Cunningham) a chance to run behind the first offensive line. We know what Zac can do," coach Jeff Fisher told reporters after the game, per ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner.
Hopefully for fantasy owners, this is exactly what Fisher said it is. There hasn't been much of a push for the RB1 job from Cunningham or rookie Tre Mason, who some thought would cut into Stacy's work. Mason hasn't picked up pass-protection as of yet and it's keeping him off the field.
It was the same (left) leg that was operated on last year. He walked off under his own power, which is a good sign. He should be avoided in drafts until we know he's in the clear.
Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:50am
After what WR Jeff Janis put on film in St. Louis, there's no way the Packers can cut him and hope to slide him through to the practice squad. He'd get snatched up on waivers in a heartbeat. The one thing you can't teach is speed, and the rookie seventh-round pick has it. He's a lock for the roster after that 34-yard touchdown catch and run against the Rams.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:52pm
Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the Rams have waived-injured Isaiah Pead on Wednesday. Should Pead clear waivers, he can revert to the Rams and go on injured reserve for the entire season or reach an injury settlement that makes him a free agent.
Halfway through the exhibition season, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has the freshest legs of his NFL career and there's a pretty good chance they'll remain that way until the first snap in Seattle Sept. 4.
After a concentrated dose of work to start training camp, Lacy's load has lessened to the point where 12 snaps was all he got in the 21-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams at the Edwards Jones Dome Saturday night.
Lacy carried five times for 25 yards and caught two passes for 22 yards in his exhibition season debut, taking all his snaps during the Packers' no-huddle touchdown drive to open the game.
When quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the offense returned to the field for 12 more snaps, Lacy turned in his helmet and called it a night. He said he did not lobby to return.
"To me, it's whatever is given," Lacy said after the game. "It's a blessing to be able to go out and play this game and be injury free. I'm not a guy who whenever they take me out complains or asks to go back in. I just take everything that's given to me."
It's a good sign that he's going to get a ton of work this regular season, which is what we expected all along. Lacy is of course a mid-to-late first round target in fantasy drafts and is easily a top-5 or -6 RB.
Sunday, August 17, 2014, 4:39pm
Chris Givens was once thought to be the one receiver on the Rams roster who would play and play a lot this year, but Givens has been surpassed by Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin.
He's playing in the preseason with the second-and third-team offenses and isn't doing much to stand out when he does play.
Against the Saints, Givens was targeted twice and was unable to come up with a catch for the second week in a row. He had a chance to make a play on one jump ball against a defender but couldn't come down with it. Givens isn't getting many opportunities, and when they come, they're with backup quarterbacks. That's going to make it tough for him to move up the depth chart.
What was more of a red flag were his struggles with helping in pass protection. Mason whiffed on blitz pickup a couple of times, including once against safety Haha Clinton-Dix that led to a sack. Mason actually had a nice pickup against the Saints last week, but that memory was quickly erased with a rough outing against the Packers.
An interesting bit of information as many have Mason stealing carries from Stacy this season, but it looks like it won't be on third down right now. Cunningham appears to be behind Stacy at this point as the RB2, but we'll have to see if Mason can correct this and move back up charts.
Sunday, August 17, 2014, 12:42pm
If DuJuan Harris is going to take some of Lacy's snaps this season, he can't cough up the ball like he did in the third quarter. The Packers like Harris as a change-of-pace back but if ball security is an issue, they have other options.
Undrafted rookie Rajion Neal was impressive in Week 1 before he sustained a knee injury. He could return this week. Michael Hill averaged 4.3 yards on four carries and had a 27-yard reception against the Rams.
Notably taking his first in-game snap in exactly 300 days, Bradford piloted two drives, one in which was capped by a 11-yard strike in traffic to tight end Lance Kendricks for a score.
Bradford’s second series began when he stood tall in the pocket and rifled a pass for a 41-yard, catch-and-run completion to wide receiver Brian Quick.
Later in the drive, rookie offensive tackle Greg Robinson was outmuscled by a Julius Peppers’ bull rush move. Peppers drilled Bradford’s backside, but the fifth-year quarterback popped right up.
Sporting a clunky left knee brace, Bradford showed comfort operating in the pocket. He finished completing 9 of 12 passes for 101 yards.
The article called Bradford 'sharp' and said it was an encouraging sign for him heading into next week's game. Looks like it's all systems go for Bradford to start Week 1 for the Rams. He's ranked 25th and likely won't get drafted but could prove to be a nice committee QB if he continues to look good in his return.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 4:59pm
The non-contact injury appeared to happen when he planted on his left foot in Saturday's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. The running back was helped off the field by trainers and carted to the locker room.