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- Updated: October 17, 2013
Last week it was fellow rookie – Zac Stacy – who need your votes. This week, a stellar performance against the Texans has earned Alec Ogletree an opportunity to win the Pepsi Next Rookie of the Week Award. Help him out!
The NFL’s Top 15 Rookies: NFL.com
Tavon Austin was a preseason favorite to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. It’s still not out of reach, but he’s definitely not trending in the right direction. He gets a mention…just not the one he was hoping for. Might Alec Ogletree make the list?
Two Thursday Nighters? Not Happening: CBS Sports
Wondering where the idea of Thursday night doubleheaders came from? So are we. We have not considered this
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) October 16, 2013
Former Ram, Danny Amendola, Struggling To Stay Healthy: Yahoo! Sports
You remember Danny Amendola, right? The Wes Welker-like receiver who everyone referred to as Sam Bradford’s safety blanket. Amendola and the Rams parted ways during this past offseason. He’s only played in two games [and I don’t mean full games] in 2013. He’s now listed with a concussion. And though we never wish injury upon anyone, it appears the Rams made a wise decision.
You can preach about having turnovers and four every week and scores, but really those games don’t happen all the time. So the games that don’t happen like that, you’ve got to stop the run. You can’t let teams just dictate when and where they’re going to run it. – Rams’ MLB, James Laurinaitis
Week 7 Hot Topics for the Rams [Video] : ESPN
Nick Wagoner covers the team’s ‘hot topics’ heading into Week 7’s matchup against the Panthers. Can the Rams continue to get takeaways? Will Zac Stacy continue to improve the team’s running game?
In two weeks the Rams will head out west to face the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football [Oct. 28]. Percy Harvin, who’s recovering from a hip injury, will start practicing next week. Could he be a factor in the MNF game? Simply put…no.
Jeff Fisher did not mince words when describing the performance of DT Michael Brockers in the Rams’ 38-13 win over Houston on Sunday. The Rams’ head coach, who is often conservative and measured in praise of his players, chose not shy away from hyperbole when the subject was Brockers.
From watching tape, I knew some of the routes they liked to run. Once I saw the formation and saw the quarterback stare down the receiver, I was able to undercut (the route). … I knew if I ran hard enough, hopefully I wouldn’t get caught
PFF grades each of 2013’s 1st round rookies. Only twelve players received positive marks. Did either of the Rams’ 1st rounders get a passing grade in Week 6?
32 Observations Following Week 6: Pro Football Focus
Defensive tackle Michael Brockers has 13 tackles in the run game. All 13 have been stops. That is tied for the most tackles for all players regardless of position who have had all of their run tackles be stops.
After a stellar rookie season that saw Newton shatter Peyton Manning’s NFL rookie record for passing yardage, Newton has struggled to replicate that success. Although in many ways Newton has become a more efficient passer, lowering his number of interceptions, his number of individual touchdowns, both through the air and with his legs, dipped in 2012
Most of the talk surrounding rookie Tavon Austin has been that he will be more than worth the wait. Many of the pundits around the NFL chalk up his lack of immediate contribution to the St. Louis Rams offensively to his lack of familiarity with the offense and the obvious adjustments that take place from campus life to the 24/7 world of being a professional football player. If that really is the case, however, then why was he only on the field for seven snaps in Week 6?
The Rams go offense with the 5th overall pick [via Redskins], and bolster their defense with the 13th pick. It’s not the first time you’ve seen a mock like this, and it probably won’t be the last. I can dig it, though.
Michael Fabiano’s Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: NFL.com
A Crazy Long Week 7 Fantasy Fact Sheet: CBS Sports
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