Los Angeles Rams

Stadium: Los Angeles Coliseum | Coach: Sean McVay
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense32nd78.2 (31st)184.4 (31st)
Defense9th103.8 (16th)233.2 (10th)
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31Alexander, Maurice FS6-12202/16/19913Utah State
66Arkin, David G6-530710/7/19873Missouri State
11Austin, Tavon WR5-81763/15/19914West Virginia
61Barnes, Tim C6-43065/14/19885Missouri
26Barron, Mark OLB6-221310/27/19895Alabama
90Brockers, Michael DT6-532612/21/19905Louisiana State
68Brown, Jamon G6-43233/15/19932Louisville
39Brown, Malcolm RB5-112245/15/19931Texas
10Cooper, Pharoh WR5-112073/7/1995RSouth Carolina
29Countess, Blake CB5-91848/8/1993RAuburn
38Davis, Cody FS6-12066/6/19894Texas Tech
99Donald, Aaron DT6-12855/23/19913Pittsburgh
64Donnal, Andrew T6-63163/3/19922Iowa
91Easley, Dominique DT6-22852/24/19923Florida
70Fox, Morgan DE6-32599/12/1994RColorado State-Pueblo
33Gaines, E.J. CB5-101902/23/19923Missouri
16Goff, Jared QB6-421510/14/1994RCalifornia
36Green, Aaron RB5-1120110/15/1992RTexas Christian
55Grigsby, Nicholas LB6-12207/2/1992RPittsburgh
30Gurley, Todd RB6-12278/3/19942Georgia
54Hager, Bryce ILB6-12355/4/19922Baylor
79Havenstein, Rob T6-73215/13/19922Wisconsin
6Hekker, Johnny P6-52362/8/19905Oregon State
84Hemingway, Temarrick TE6-52447/30/1993RSouth Carolina State
89Higbee, Tyler TE6-42431/1/1993RWestern Kentucky
32Hill, Troy CB5-101828/29/19911Oregon
22Johnson, Trumaine CB6-22081/1/19905Montana
27Johnson, Isaiah SAF6-12025/16/19922Georgia Tech
35Jordan, Michael DB6-020010/21/1992RMissouri Western State
20Joyner, Lamarcus CB5-818411/27/19903Florida State
58Littleton, Cory OLB6-322711/18/1993RWashington
96Longacre, Matt DE6-32609/21/19912Northwest Missouri State
14Mannion, Sean QB6-62334/25/19922Oregon State
44McQuaide, Jake LS6-224412/7/19876Ohio State
8McRoberts, Paul WR6-220011/15/1992RSoutheast Missouri State
72Murphy, Pace T6-62953/2/1994RNorthwestern State-Louisiana
52Ogletree, Alec MLB6-22459/25/19914Georgia
34Reynolds, Chase RB6-020510/22/19874Montana
73Robinson, Greg T6-533210/21/19923Auburn
76Saffold, Rodger G6-53326/6/19887Indiana
97Sims, Eugene DE6-62693/18/19867West Texas A&M
86Spruce, Nelson WR6-120512/5/1992RColorado
92Thomas, Cam DT6-433512/12/19867North Carolina
13Thomas, Mike WR6-12008/16/1994RSouthern Mississippi
93Westbrooks, Ethan DE6-426711/15/19903West Texas A&M
69Wichmann, Cody G6-53193/2/19922Fresno State
4Zuerlein, Greg K6-019612/27/19875Missouri Western State
Injured Players
41Christian, Marqui (IR) DB5-1119610/27/1994RMidwestern State
59Forrest, Josh (IR) OLB6-32492/24/1992RKentucky
46Harkey, Cory (IR) TE6-42596/17/19905UCLA
45Laskey, Zach (IR) FB6-22257/8/19921Georgia Tech
15Marquez, Bradley (IR) WR5-1019612/14/19922Texas Tech
3North, Marquez (IR) WR6-42164/21/1995RTennessee
94Quinn, Robert (IR) DE6-42645/18/19906North Carolina
43Randolph, Brian (IR) DB6-019810/20/1992RTennessee
62Trinca-Pasat, Louis (IR) DT6-12929/7/19911Iowa
63Williams, Darrell (IR) T6-43018/31/19932South Florida
Practice Squad
 Couplin, Jerome DB6-22158/31/19913William & Mary
 McKinzy, Cassanova LB6-325311/17/1992RAuburn
 Northrup, Reggie LB6-123110/17/1993RFlorida State
 Peterson, Kevin CB5-111793/22/1994ROklahoma State
 Shippen, Brandon WR5-111985/17/1994RTemple
 Wegher, Brandon RB5-1020512/9/19902Morningside
 Williams, Bryce TE6-52602/24/1993REast Carolina
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
L.A. Rams6-5316.26-3284.225.02131
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Position Listing
Jerome Couplin
The Eagles declared quarterback Nick Foles (collarbone), cornerback Bradley Fletcher (hip), safety Jerome Couplin, wideout Jeff Maehl, offensive linemen Dennis Kelly and Julian Vandervelde, and defensive end Taylor Hart inactive for Sunday's game at the Giants.

With Fletcher inactive, corner Nolan Carroll will start.

Cory Littleton
No Updates
Rodger Saffold
Saffold entered concussion protocol in the aftermath of Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

With the Rams out of the playoffs this year, Saffold will look to return to full strength in time for the start of the 2017 season. Barring some sort of serious development, that shouldn't be a problem.

Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
Brandon Wegher
Wegher was among the Panthers' final roster cuts Saturday.

Wegher's release was perhaps the Panthers' most noteworthy from a fantasy perspective, as he was competing for a spot in the team's running back rotation. However, after totaling merely 83 rushing yards on 32 preseason carries, Wegher didn't do enough to make Carolina's regular season roster. Upon his release, the Panthers will carry starter Jonathan Stewart, Cameron Artis-Payne, Fozzy Whittaker and fullback Mike Tolbert as their backfield options.

E.J. Gaines
Gaines (thigh) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice session.

Gaines missed the Rams' past two games due to his thigh injury but his full participation indicates he's over the issue and will play in Saturday's tilt against San Francisco.

Tavon Austin
Austin caught just two of four targets for 18 yards and rushed twice for two yards during Sunday's loss to Arizona.

After scoring nine touchdowns in 2015, the writing was on the wall for a letdown from Austin this year. He didn't do enough with his 19 extra targets to make up for the expected negative touchdown regression, and he rushed 24 fewer times and for 275 fewer yards than last season. Austin's game-breaking ability -- and hefty salary -- should ensure he's a piece of the puzzle again in 2017, but without a significant step forward from the entire offense, his fantasy ceiling will remain low.

Cam Thomas
The Steelers signed Cam Thomas to play defensive end in their 3-4 scheme, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Thomas primarily played nose tackle for the Chargers. He could still see snaps at the nose in Pittsburgh, the report said.
Mike Thomas
Thomas (hip) was active for the Rams' season finale Sunday against the Cardinals.

After missing last week's game versus the Niners, Thomas garnered just one target Sunday, which he secured for 15 yards.

Nelson Spruce
The Rams designated Spruce (calf) to return from injured reserve Friday, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Spruce practiced this week for the first time since landing on IR in November. However, according to the report, Spruce will not be eligible to play in Sunday's game versus the Cardinals.

Calf - Did Not Practice on Friday. Questionable for the start of training camp
Jared Goff
Goff has been working with renowned quarterback coaches Tom House and Adam Dedeaux in Los Angeles this offseason, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports.

Goff's teaming up with House and Dedeaux comes after last year's top overall pick endured a rocky rookie campaign that included just five touchdowns versus seven interceptions in seven games played. Over that span, Goff averaged the fewest yards per attempt (5.31) in the league, but by working with House and Dedeaux, whose list of clients includes Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Eli Manning, Goff will hope their program's focus on conditioning, mechanics, nutrition and the mental side of playing quarterback can translate into an improved second season.

Temarrick Hemingway
Hemingway (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Hemingway is the Rams' fourth tight end, so he'll likely remain inactive most weeks unless one of the team's other options at the position is out with an injury. The rookie has made three appearances this season, but is still looking for his first career catch.

Jake McQuaide
Several Rams who were on the injury report are active for Sunday's game at San Diego. The list includes tight end Cory Harkey (quadriceps), linebacker Daren Bates (groin), linebacker Will Herring (foot), linebacker James Laurinaitis (foot) and linebacker Jake McQuaide (back).
Johnny Hekker
The NFL unveiled the Pro Bowl rosters for 2014Friday, and they come with a twist; for the first time, selections were made without regard for conference. The teams will be chosen via televised draft Jan. 22.

The special teams selections are as follows:

Punter: Brandon Fields, Dolphins; Johnny Hekker, Rams.

Placekicker: Matt Prater, Broncos; Justin Tucker, Ravens.

Punt returner: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dexter McCluster, Chiefs.

Special teamer: Justin Bethel, Cardinals; Matthew Slater, Patriots.

Chase Reynolds
Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson suffered a concussion during Sunday's game and will go through the league's concussion protocol this week, reports ESPN.

Meanwhile, Chase Reynolds sustained a knee injury and will need more examinations before the severity is determined.

Cory Harkey
Harkey has been placed on the injured reserve with a triceps injury, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN reports.

Harkey injured his triceps working in practice on Friday and was unable to play in Week 14. His absence will likely open up work for Temarrick Hemingway at tight end.

Triceps - Did Not Practice on Monday. Questionable for the start of training camp
Paul McRoberts
No Updates
Josh Forrest
Forrest (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

It seems as if the move to the IR cements the suspicion that Forrest tore his ACL on Sunday, although the team has yet to comment on specifics of the injury. The 24-year-old recorded nine tackles, one pass deflection, and one fumble recovery in 10 games, primarily on special teams.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Sean Mannion
Mannion is trending toward handling backup duties to starting quarterback Jared Goff (concussion) on Saturday against the 49ers, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

On Tuesday, Goff handled a full allotment of reps at practice, after which interim head coach John Fassel stated the rookie has entered the final stage of the concussion protocol. Goff will thus have three days to meet with an independent neurologist and gain clearance for game action. If the preceding occurs, as expected, Goff will assume his typical mantle, while Mannion usurps veteran Case Keenum as the Rams looks toward the future.

Tyler Higbee
With Lance Kendricks departing for Green Bay in free agency, Higbee could see a lot more targets next season, ESPN.com reports.

A fourth-round selection last year, Higbee played all 16 games as a rookie but only caught 11 of his 28 targets for 85 yards and a touchdown. He possesses the raw athleticism to be more of a downfield threat than Kendricks ever was, but the Rams would still be wise to look at other tight end options via free agency and/or the draft. There is some real upside here, with Higbee currently projecting as the top tight end in an offense that lacks talent out wide.

Cassanova McKinzy
McKinzy was waived by the Buccaneers on Monday, the team's official site reports.

Despite a strong first impression, McKinzy's hamstring issues seem to have suffocated his roster chance. The rookie's inability to perform at the same high level that he had prior to his hamstring setback is what likely prompted this move.

Kevin Peterson
No Updates
Trumaine Johnson
Johnson was shopped around the league this offseason, but the Rams may still sign him to a long-term extension before the July 15 deadline, ESPN.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.

After using the franchise tag on Johnson for a second straight year, the Rams surveyed other teams to see what he might fetch in a trade. Apparently unable to find a deal to its liking, the team resumed discussions about a long-term extension but was unable to agree on terms with its cornerback before the start of the offseason program last week. The two sides are expected to shelve discussions until the program is complete, which still allows plenty of time before the July 15 extension deadline for franchise-tagged players. An extension likely would lower Johnson's $16.74 million cap hit for the upcoming season.

Aaron Donald
The Rams have exercised the fifth-year option on Donald's rookie contract, ESPN.com's Field Yates reports.

As a first-round selection (2014) who wasn't taken within the top 10 picks (No. 13), Donald gets an option-year salary equal to the average of the third- through 25th-highest salaries at his position. The fifth-year option thus locks him in for 2018 at a salary of only $6.892 million, which would be an incredible bargain for a player of his caliber. He probably won't end up playing for that figure, as the Rams will try to sign him to a long-term extension either this offseason or next. Boasting 28 sacks and 163 tackles in 48 games through three seasons, Donald should end up with one of the largest non-quarterback contracts in the NFL.

Bryce Williams
Williams has missed several days of practice with an undisclosed injury.

Clearly behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett on the Patriots' tight end depth chart, Williams is competing for depth slotting at the position along with Clay Harbor, A.J. Derby, Steven Scheu and Bear Pascoe.

Cody Wichmann
Wichmann (ankle) is active for Sunday's Week 6 matchup with the Lions, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Wichmann picked up an ankle injury in last week's game against the Bills, but it ultimately won't keep him off the field in Week 6, though he only practiced once this week in limited fashion.

Pace Murphy
No Updates
Maurice Alexander
Alexander is expected to play strong safety this season, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports.

A 2014 fourth-round selection, Alexander played both safety spots his first two years in the NFL, before operating as a full-time free safety while starting in all 14 of his appearances last season. He was solid in coverage and maintained an every-down role when healthy, yet finished with a modest stat line of 50 tackles, two interceptions and one sack. With LaMarcus Joyner (ankle) likely shifting from cornerback to free safety, Alexander should get to spend more time near the line of scrimmage, which would lead to a significant jump in tackle opportunities.

Jamon Brown
Brown (hand) was not included on Wednesday's injury report, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

Brown was inactive in Week 9 due to complications from his surgically-repaired hand, but looks like he will be available Sunday as a reserve option along the Rams' offensive line.

Marqui Christian
Christian (ankle) was placed on IR Tuesday, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

Christian injured his ankle in the second quarter of Sunday's game, though the specifics of the injury remain unclear. The issue isn't thought to be severe and shouldn't limit him in the slightest once offseason work roles around.

Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Alec Ogletree
Ogletree recorded a career-high 136 tackles during the 2016 season.

Unfortunately, Ogletree slowed down at the end of the season and registered just 24 stops (18 solo tackles) through the final four games. Still, the 25-year-old linebacker was a high-end IDP option with a reliable fantasy floor outside of his underwhelming finish. Looking ahead to 2017, if Ogletree can provide more of the playmaking ability he's flashed at times throughout his first four seasons, the fantasy star could elevate his stock even higher.

Eugene Sims
Sims was released by the Rams on Thursday, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

The Rams shed a pair of veteran defensive ends Thursday by trading William Hayes and releasing Sims. According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News, part of the reasoning behind those moves is that the Rams are switching from a 4-3 front to a 3-4 look under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Sims played 535 defensive snaps in 2016 but only registered 2.5 sacks from the right defensive end spot.

David Arkin
The Colts waived running back Dion Lewis and signed defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles off the Patriots' practice squad. Indianapolis also signed guard David Arkin to its practice squad while releasing guard Josh Walker from the squad.
Darrell Williams
Williams (undisclosed) spent the 2016 season on injured reserve.

Williams ended his rookie season in 2015 on injured reserve due to a dislocated wrist, but it isn't clear what sort of injury is to blame for his IR sentencing this time around. He's still under contract with the Rams for another year but the team could save money by letting him go in the offseason.

Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Troy Hill
Hill hurt his knee in the Rams' season finale Sunday against the Cardinals, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

It isn't clear how severe Hill's injury may be. Nonetheless, the Rams' season is over and Hill will have plenty of time to return to full strength prior to the start of summer OTAs.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Brandon Shippen
No Updates
Michael Jordan
Jordan (concussion) was listed as a full participant in Thursday's practice, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

Jordan went down last week against the Seahawks. However, his full participation Thursday suggests he isn't in line to miss any time.

Ethan Westbrooks
Westbrooks, a restricted free agent, re-signed with the Rams on Monday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Westbrooks has tallied at least 19 tackles and two sacks for the Rams in each of the last two seasons. Now that ESPN reported he won't be facing legal charges from his incident last month, Westbrooks can set his sights on protecting his starting defensive end job this summer.

Zach Laskey
Laskey (undisclosed) was placed on the Rams' injured reserve list on Tuesday.

It's still unclear what Laskey is suffering from, but the Rams were evidently impressed with his potential as a fullback. He'll tryout for the team once again ahead of the 2017 campaign.

Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Robert Quinn
Quinn (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Quinn was already listed as doubtful for Thursday's game against the Seahawks, but the team has now elected to effectively shut down the defensive end with the Rams' season all but over. Look for Eugene Sims to get the start at defensive end the rest of the way in Quinn's absence.

Concussion - Full Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for the start of training camp
Greg Zuerlein
Zuerlein agreed to a three-year deal with the Rams on Tuesday, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Zuerlein attempted only 22 field goals in 2016, but was able to convert 19 of them and was perfect from inside of 40 yards. The kicker's deal will keep him with the Rams through the 2019 season. At this point, the main thing limiting Zuerlein's fantasy production is the Rams offense, which was last in the league in both yards and points per game last season.

Morgan Fox
Fox was signed to the active roster Saturday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Fox has stood out in practice and has been subsequently added to the active roster. Fox will likely serve as a special teams asset.

Tim Barnes
Barnes was released by the Rams on Thursday, Lindsey Thiry of the LA Times reports.

Operating as the starting center, Barnes didn't miss a single game the past two seasons. His release comes as somewhat of a surprise, as the Rams have little depth at the position. Meanwhile, the 28-year-old Missouri product shouldn't have a problem finding a new home this offseason.

Pharoh Cooper
Cooper caught 14 of 20 targets for just 106 yards during the 2016 campaign.

The rookie was off the fantasy radar all season, but he did show some encouraging work over the final three weeks averaging 23.08 yards per kickoff return. Additionally, he caught 10 of 12 targets in his final four games, albeit for just 7.9 yards per reception. With Brian Quick and Kenny Britt both hitting the open market, there could be an opening for Cooper to climb the depth chart next season. However, it'll be difficult for the former Gamecock to showcase any big-play ability without the entire Los Angeles offense improving significantly. After all, the Rams finished in the basement in both yardage and scoring.

Mark Barron
Barron finished the 2016 season with a career-high 118 tackles (91 solo).

While Barron's fantasy value took a hit after losing his eligibility at strong safety, he still produced strong fantasy numbers and was a rock-solid option in the majority of seasonal leagues. There is also room for him to improve his sack (one) and interception (two) totals, which would make Barron a weekly high-floor, high-ceiling contributor.

Reggie Northrup
No Updates
Marquez North
North (undisclosed) was placed on the Rams' injured reserve list on Tuesday.

North's placement on IR may explain why he didn't see a single snap in any of the Rams' first three preseason contests as he may be suffering from a nagging or recurring soft-tissue injury. Nonetheless, whatever the injury may be, North will now have ample time to return to full health in advance of the 2017 campaign.

Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Bryce Hager
Hager (concussion) was limited in Thursday's practice.

The second year linebacker projects to back up Alec Ogletree this season. His status for Monday's season opener against the 49ers will depend on if he can clear the NFL's concussion protocol. If he cannot play, Josh Forrest will likely slide into the backup role.

Matt Longacre
Longacre signed his exclusive-rights contract tender with the Rams on Monday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Longacre was limited to six games in 2016 due to an injured heel and tallied just six tackles on the year. He'll compete for a depth role along the defensive line this summer.

Michael Brockers
Brockers (groin) is slated to play in Sunday's tilt against the Panthers, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

Brockers' Week 10 status wasn't too iffy after practicing in full on Friday, despite missing practice earlier in the week due to the minor groin issue.

Rob Havenstein
Havenstein will move from right tackle to right guard for the 2017 season.

Havenstein started 28 games at right tackle after being drafted in the second round in 2015 out of Wisconsin, but with the signing of Pro-Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth, the Rams will move fellow tackle Greg Robinson to the right, kicking Havenstein inside to guard.

Ankle - Did Not Practice on Friday. Questionable for the start of training camp
Malcolm Brown
Brown rushed 18 times for just 39 yards and caught three passes for 46 yards during the 2016 season.

With Benny Cunningham headed for free agency, Brown projects as the No. 2 back behind Todd Gurley for the 2017 campaign. Los Angeles could bring in reinforcements through free agency or the draft, and a new coaching regime could also shake things up, but Brown projects as the next man up at this point. In deep dynasty/keeper leagues, speculatively owning Brown could reward if he opens next season as Gurley's handcuff.

Nicholas Grigsby
No Updates
Bradley Marquez
Marquez (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday, ESPN reports.

Marquez was an effective special teams player for the Rams and will finish the season with three receptions for 37 yards.

Knee - Limited Practice on Friday. Questionable for the start of training camp
Blake Countess
Countess signed a contract with the Rams on Friday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

With Nelson Spruce (calf) placed on injured reserve Friday, Countess brings Los Angeles back to having a full, 53-man roster. However, it isn't clear where he slots in on the depth chart given the complicated positional arrangement of the Rams' secondary.

Lamarcus Joyner
Joyner (ankle) will spend time at free safety during the Rams' offseason program.

Joyner's planned position change comes after he spent the first three years of his career playing primarily as a nickel cornerback. While Joyner was plenty successful there, compiling 178 tackles and 13 pass deflections in 40 games, Los Angeles' offseason signing of Nickell Robey-Coleman gives them another standout at the position. So, with Maurice Alexander moving to fill the departed T.J. McDonald's strong safety spot, Joyner will move back to the free safety position, where his instincts and flexibility figure to serve him well.

Ankle - Did Not Practice on Friday. Questionable for the start of training camp
Brian Randolph
Andrew Donnal
Donnal (hip) is active for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Donnal was limited during the Rams' last two days of practice this week, but the hip injury won't prevent him from dressing in Week 13. He'll work in a backup role at right guard behind starter Cody Wichmann.

Dominique Easley
Easley was tendered by the Rams on Tuesday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

The original-round tender means that the Rams have the right of first refusal for any contract offers the defensive end receives from other teams. In his first season with the Rams last year, Easley recorded 35 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 16 games, both of which were career highs. The 25-year-old could be destined for an even bigger role with the team this season under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

Cody Davis
Davis is questionable for Week 5 due to a groin injury.

Davis was limited in practice Friday after sitting out on Wednesday and Thursday. If he's unable to play on Sunday look for Marqui Christian to see a few extra reps.

Isaiah Johnson
Johnson was signed by the Buccaneers on Monday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Johnson spent his entire rookie season on the Bucs' practice squad, but he'll be given an opportunity to compete for the active roster throughout the upcoming offseason.

Greg Robinson
Head coach Jeff Fisher said Robinson (not injury related) will be "ready to roll" this week against the Patriots, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

Robinson was a healthy scratch last Sunday against the Saints because Fisher said "he needed a break". Thus, it appears his benching was merely a motivational tactic.

Todd Gurley
New head coach Sean McVay suggested Gurley largely was a victim of circumstance last season, ESPN.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.

McVay seems to agree with the general consensus that Gurley was set up for failure, often facing eight-man fronts while running behind a poor line in an offense that couldn't pass the ball. Of course, the 22-year-old running back thrived under similar conditions as a rookie, piling up 1,106 rushing yards at a clip of 4.8 yards per carry in only 13 games. He fell off a cliff in his sophomore campaign, running for only 885 yards (3.2 YPC) despite starting all 16 games. The Rams still don't have the makings of a strong passing attack that can keep safeties out of the box, but they at least signed left tackle Andrew Whitworth, center John Sullivan and wide receiver Robert Woods, the latter of whom owns a reputation as one of the league's best run blockers at his position. The team also acquired a new offensive line coach in Aaron Kromer, who spent the last two years serving in the same position for a Buffalo team with a dominant run game. McVay has a sketchier track record in that department, as the Redskins never ranked better than 19th in rushing yards or ninth in yards per carry during his three-year tenure coordinating the offense.

Aaron Green
After sitting out of last week's win over the Chiefs, Green has returned to practice and will likely take the field Saturday against the Broncos, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.

Green, an undrafted rookie free agent, impressed in his preseason debut as he racked up 64 yards and caught the winning touchdown against the Cowboys. The Rams total nine running backs on their roster, but factor in injuries and Tre Mason's bizarre disappearance and Green has a shot to make the 53-man roster if he continues his impactful play. The rookie could get less opportunities in Week 3 as the starters are poised to stay on the field longer, making every carry Green gets that much more valuable.

Louis Trinca-Pasat
Trinca-Pasat (knee) signed his exclusive-rights contract tender with the Rams on Monday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Trinca-Pasat spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve after tearing his ACL last June. While it isn't clear if he's fully recovered, when healthy he'll compete for a backup role at defensive end behind starters Michael Brockers and Ethan Westbrooks.

Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp

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