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Random Ramsdom: Several key decisions remain prior to training camp

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Without even realizing it, we are already less than three weeks away from NFL players reporting for 2020 training camps. To catch everyone up to speed, NFL insider Ian Rapoport tweeted out everything we as a fan base know so far about what to expect in the upcoming month.

Per Rapoport, just about every variable that needs to be pinned down prior to the season getting underway has been figured out...

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Poll: Who are the Rams’ greatest non-division rivals?

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Cowboys, Patriots and Raiders are all real contenders

We close out two weeks of Rivalry Week at SB Nation with this question: What NFL team do you think is the Rams’ biggest non-division rival?

Earlier in the week, we looked at the Rams’ biggest division rivals and, predictably, the San Francisco 49ers were the runaway winner. It goes back to the two teams being opponents for 70 years.

While the 49ers are clearly the Rams’...

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Rams paying all of their current WRs less than what AJ Green makes next year

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It’s less than half of what the Bengals are paying for their receivers

Over the last four seasons, including 2019 when he didn’t play, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has caught 187 of 320 targets for 2,736 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 14.6 yards per catch and 8.6 yards per target with a 58.6% catch rate. He has also fumbled four times in 35 games and has missed at least six games in three of those four campaigns, sitting...

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Random Ramsdom: NFC West ranks 7th in RB talent among divisions

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CBS Sports has been working on a series over the last few weeks where they rank the eight divisions within the NFL by talent at various position groups. From quarterback to safety, they’re going to rank them all.

Recently, NFL writer Jared Dubin took to the task of ranking the divisions by their cumulative talent at the running back position.

So, where did the NFC West land in all of this?...

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Teams were in dime more often than base last season

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It’s because teams are using hybrid defensive backs more often

In 2019, these were the leaders in snaps on defense for the LA Rams:

1. Cory Littleton, ILB, 93%

2. Eric Weddle, FS, 93%

3. Aaron Donald, DT, 83%

4. Dante Fowler, OLB, 79%

5. Taylor Rapp, SS, 74%

6. Michael Brockers, DE, 69%

7. Nickell Robey-Coleman, NCB, 63%

8. Clay Matthews, ILB, 55%

9. Jalen Ramsey, CB, 51%

10. Samson Ebukam, OLB, 51%

11. Troy Hill, CB, 48%

12. Sebastian Joseph, NT, 43%

What...

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Rams news: 5 things we’ll miss on game day under NFL’s social distancing protocol

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Sean McVay-Kyle Shanahan hugs and Jalen Ramsey interviews won’t be happening this season

On Thursday, the NFL announced the 2020 post-game guidelines to promote social distancing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Among the changes this season are the omission of post-game handshakes, jersey swaps and open locker rooms for media interviews.

The ban on postgame jersey exchanges was included in...

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Random Ramsdom: Second construction worker at SoFi Stadium dies

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A second construction worker has died at the site of SoFi Stadium, according to a statement from the joint venture overseeing the project. The Los Angeles Times was the first to report the sad news.

Worker dies at SoFi Stadium with ‘signs of a health issue’ https://t.co/MPtfiRxwZX

— stevelyle (@stevelyle) July 9, 2020

According to the Times, the worker — later identified as Simon Leo Fite ...

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The Rams are likely going with a rookie kicker and that’s not as rare as it used to be

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The Rams will be looking to find some first-year success from someone’s foot next season

Clint Stitser is a real estate agent at Stitser Properties in Reno, Nevada. As you can imagine, it’s his company and I’m sure he’s living a dream by being able to use his master’s degree in business from Fresno State to sell beautiful homes in the area he grew up in.

But a decade ago, Stitser was living another dream entirely and given his short track...

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Random Ramsdom: A second construction worker at SoFi Stadium has died

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A second construction worker has died at the site of SoFi Stadium, according to the joint venture overseeing the project. The Los Angeles Times wer the first with the report.

Worker dies at SoFi Stadium with ‘signs of a health issue’ https://t.co/MPtfiRxwZX

— stevelyle (@stevelyle) July 9, 2020

According to the times, the worker - later identified as Simon Leo Fite - was found just before 5pm...

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Does Sean McVay have a coaching expiration date?

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Rams’ head coach talks about coaching burnout on SI podcast

When Jon Gruden stood at a podium at the NFL ombine in 2003 — a month after leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Super Bowl victory over the Oakland Raiders — he admitted that he felt a sense of accomplishment and the thought of “floating down the river” while listening to Jimmy Buffett music crossed his mind,

Basically, Gruden considered hanging it up after achieving...

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Rams position battles: Final votes

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Need to wrap up a few more positions here with voting

Who will be starting on offense and defense for the 2020 LA Rams? I’ve run some position battle articles out there but didn’t start adding polls until recently. I want to hit a few more positions and also re-hit a few positions that I wrote about but didn’t get fan votes on. Let’s see where people’s heads are at with these groups as training camp supposedly gets...

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Jared Goff, Jameis Winston, and Tom Brady

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There are notable similarities and differences between the 3 QBs

Jared Goff and Jameis Winston are similar in ways that are interesting but may not matter that much. There are also ways in which they are different that are integral to why Goff remains a franchise quarterback while Winston became a franchise quarterbackup. But then there are also ways in which they — and even Tom Brady — are similar that perhaps we should take...

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Random Ramsdom: Rams select DT Kyle Williams in 2006 re-draft

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The 2006 NFL Draft possessed a decent haul when it came to cornerback talent. However, the corners that wound-up being “successful” in the pros were not the ones who were highly-regarded as first-round talent. In this re-draft by Bleacher Report’s Brad Gagnon, there are multiple CBs taken in the top-25 who weren’t originally drafted that year.

The Rams, who needed help in the secondary,...

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Rams poll: Who is the biggest NFC West rival?

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It’s probably going to be the 49ers by a landslide

This is the second week of Rivalry Week at SB Nation and this post is simple. We want to hear from you.

What team in the NFC West do you think is the LA Rams’ biggest rival?

Do you think it’s the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks or Arizona Cardinals? I fully expect this to be a two-team race between the Niners and Seahawks. Those are the teams that have,...

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Who replaces Cory Littleton at inside linebacker?

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Perhaps the most open competition in LA camp this year

The following statement is in no way a dig at Cory Littleton, but perhaps the inside linebacker who came out of nowhere to produce Pro Bowl numbers could easily be replaced by another linebacker to come out of nowhere. Or even more than the “nowhere” that Littleton emerged from.

Let’s take a moment to really think about “great” inside linebackers and Pro Bowl numbers, shall we?

In 2018, Cory...

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Cam Akers and Cooper Kupp named fantasy sleepers by ESPN

Two Rams staples in fantasy football will be wearing different uniforms this season after the team parted ways with both Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks this spring.

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Who are the top-10 most important players to the Rams overall?

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You made two top-10 lists, now it’s time to make one top-10 list

You will rarely see Jared Goff and Aaron Donald together but when you do, like in the above picture where they are admiring their win the NFC Championship a year and a half ago, you realize it’s because they are both so important to the success of the LA Rams. You also voted Goff and Donald as the most important players on their respective sides of the ball.

What happens when they and...

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Random Ramsdom: NFL sends out official coronavirus guidelines for 2020 training camp

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Late last week, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the NFL has finally sent out all of the protocols and guidelines regarding the coronavirus on Friday night. The official memo sent out by the league essentially covers all testing situations that could be possible, including how to deal with asymptomatic players/staff opposed to those exhibiting symptoms.

According to protocols the NFL...

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Where does Jared Goff rank among top-paid QBs after Mahomes' megadeal?

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Jack Youngblood doesn't like Rams' new uniforms, says 'the horn is terrible'

The Rams finally pulled back the curtain on their completely redesigned uniforms in May after years of work by designers and those at Nike. The initial response wasn’t as strong as the team probably thought it’d be, but it seems there’s a pretty even split between fans who like them and those who don’t.

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