Does Todd Gurley deserve to be the first running back off the board in fantasy drafts? Yahoo Fanalysts Liz Loza and Brad Evans debate.
The Rams have Gurley. Gurley is great at football. Fresh Todd is better. This ancient haiku was surely part of the motivation for the Los Angeles Rams when they burned the 176th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Tennessee running back John Kelly. Kelly honed his skills in the same backfield in Knoxville as 2017 NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara. After Kamara's departure for the NFL, Kelly was one of the sole threats in Tennessee's offense in 2017. Kelly proved to be a good receiver, a very good blocker, and a punishing runner. Rams Head Coach Sean McVay was impressed, describing Kelly as, “a physical, violent, downhill runner”. Kelly could
The 2017 season was the first campaign for Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips with the talented Los Angeles Rams defense, as he looked to fit existing personnel into his highly touted 3-4 scheme. The results were mixed. The Rams were 12th in points allowed, but 28th in rushing yards allowed. In an effort to muscle up against the run, the Rams traded team captain ILB Alec Ogletree, who had some excruciating missed tackles and a hefty salary for the inside linebacker position. The team took a step towards solidifying the vacant Mike position when they used the 147th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, a 5th round pick, on Virginia bruiser Micah Kiser. He is everything you might envision a Mike
The Rams have paid plenty of money this year to two guys who never have worn the team’s uniform in a preseason or regular-season game. So when will they pay the player who has become in four seasons one of the most dominant forces in the entire league? Defensive tackle Aaron Donald reportedly has told [more]
Mitchell Trubisky plays in the same division with Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford. Rodgers has won two league MVP awards and a Super Bowl MVP; Stafford is a former No. 1 overall draft choice who has passed for more than 4,000 yards seven consecutive seasons; and Cousins signed a three-year, $84 million fully [more]
The Los Angeles Rams have been busier than just about any team in the NFL this offseason. They started things off by trading second- and fourth-round picks to the Kansas City Chiefs for All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters, who has been one of the best defensive backs in the NFL from the moment he stepped on the field. Just a couple weeks later, they used the franchise tag on safety LaMarcus Joyner after they were unable to agree to a long-term deal, which meant they let Sammy Watkins hit free agency. The Rams then unloaded Alec Ogletree and his boondoggle of a contract to the Giants for fourth- and sixth-round selections. With corner Trumaine Johnson coming off back-to-back seasons on the franchise
We have stuff to talk about. Misone (@MightyOrMisone), Rob (@seattlerams_nfl), Joey (@LaRamsRamsRams) and Joe (@3k_) are back for another episode of Turf Show Radio on Wednesday night at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT. You can listen live at the show page or by calling in at (347) 857-1022 and just listening in on your phone. We'll cover the contract extension for WR Brandin Cooks, other big deals facing the Rams over the next few seasons (hint: rhymes with Scarin Ronald) as we look at their relative strength compared to the rest of the league over the next three years, the deal that Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell declined and what that means for Rams RB Todd Gurley, and stuff. So tune in. Hit us
The Los Angeles Rams made a major change at left tackle last year by bringing in veteran Andrew Whitworth. He proved to be a huge upgrade over Greg Robinson, who was shipped to the Lions in a trade. Rob Havenstein, after trying his hand at both guard and tackle, took over as the right bookend tackle, playing at a very high level – particularly in the running game. Despite having two solid tackles, the Rams prepared for the future in the draft with Joseph Noteboom, their top pick. Having plenty of depth at the position, the Rams are in a good spot to succeed after Whitworth retires. Here's a look at the position from top to bottom. Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers | Tight ends
Johnny Hekker grew up in the Pacific Northwest and, outside of a stint in St. Louis, has remained on the West Coast all his life. He was born in Redmond, Wash., went to school at Oregon State and now resides in California with the Los Angeles Rams. So how did Peyton Manning become his favorite player and childhood sports hero growing up? He explained exactly that in an article for ESPN The Magazine. “I loved Peyton Manning,” Hekker said. “I was a tall, gangly pocket quarterback when I was playing little league football, wearing No. 18, so I loved him. He was a winner and it always seemed like he was doing the right thing. Studied the game, and people just always told me to pay attention to what
Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has seen it all. As an NFL-lifer who's been coaching football in one form or another since 1969 and in the pros since 1976, it naturally takes a lot to get him excited. The Rams' new-look defense may be able to do exactly that. During a recent appearance on the podcast of ESPN's Adam Schefter, Phillips talked all about the Rams defense and the new pieces he'll be working with in 2018. After Schefter noted that they'd known each other for over 25 years without Phillips ever providing the scoop master with a single news story, he requested he give him some “fun material” for the podcast. Phillips obliged. When Schefter talked about the Rams bringing
Some of you out there may be gearing up just as much for your fantasy teams as you are the Seattle Seahawks. Field Gulls has not always shed light onto the fantasy side of football, but I can't help but think about it myself and I know there are ways to incorporate some of the advanced stats this site loves with the fantasy points that I do. With that, I've highlighted five wide receivers in the NFC West, including four who could give Seattle problems, but who could also help you (if you dare play someone who is playing against the Seahawks) in that “other” type of NFL season, and one who you'll have no problem rooting for at all. Kupp didn't have to wait long to have a breakout season for the Rams, averaging 14 Y/R and putting up 869 yards as a rookie.