St. Louis Rams: Monday's News and Notes at Noon
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Welcome to Monday's St. Louis Rams "News and Notes at Noon," the one stop spot for all major Rams headlines and updates with brief commentary and analysis for Rams Nation.
Pro Football Focus Looks at Rams Outside Linebackers
Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus took a look at each NFC West team in this piece.
Elsayed focused on the Rams outside linebacker position and, for Rams fans, the report is not especially encouraging, particularly in regard to Rocky McIntosh, a free agent acquisition from the Washington Redskins.
In fact, the analysis of McIntosh could be downright disheartening for readers. Elsayed essentially labels him a liability defensively and someone that Rams fans should desire to remain off the field.
Within the piece, however, one can find at least some positives on Mario Haggan and Jo-Lonn Dunbar, the other two outside linebackers the Rams attained this Spring via free agency.
Jo-Lonn Dunbar is likely to start on the weakside while others (such as Haggan, McIntosh and a slew of rookies), battle for time primarily on the strongside.
Athlon Sports Previews the St. Louis Rams
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Athlon Sports previewed St. Louis in this piece at athlonsports.com.
The preview, as you will see, is not overly optimistic about the Rams hopes in 2012.
Nonetheless, I would suggest taking a look at it as it offers a great deal of tidbits on the team that one might find noteworthy and interesting and some solid analysis of the team's offensive, defensive and special team units.
Looking at the NFC West Quarterbacks
Craig Massai of ninersdigest.com, in a report shared at stl.scout.com, analyzed the quarterback units of each NFC West team.
Among other things, Massai feels that Bradford could end up showing himself to be the division's best quarterback again (as Massai says he was in 2010), something great to hear from a guy at ninersdigest.com.
If Bradford plays to his ability, he will indeed prove to be the division's best QB. That said, Massai makes a great point: After the dismal 2011 season of the former No. 1 pick, Bradford will have to prove to skeptics that he is indeed the best gunslinger in the NFC West.
Sports Illustrated's Don Banks Answers 10 Training Camp Questions
Don Banks answered 10 training camp questions in an article for cnn.sportsillustrated.com, including one involving St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher and his potential impact on the 2012 campaign.
As for Fisher and the Rams, Banks sees the coach aiding the Rams in being a much better team this Fall, as you will read in Banks' above-linked article.
Pro Football Weekly Keeps Tabs on NFC Free Agent Moves, Team by Team
If you want to find out what NFC free agents are still available or what other conference teams have done to date in regard to free agency, please click this from profootballweekly.com.
There is nothing fancy here, just some good, solid information for those interested in tracking the conference's free agency activity to this point of the offseason.
Rams Support National Veterans Golden Age Games
The Rams recently played a role in supporting the "26th National Veterans Golden Age Games" in St. Louis, according to this from Evan Glantz at stlouisrams.com.
According to the aforementioned report, nearly 800 veterans from 42 states converged on the Gateway City to take part in the events.
According to Maura Campbell, the local organizing coordinator of the National Veterans Golden Age Games, it made perfect sense to ask the Rams to help out:
The St. Louis VA (Veterans Affairs) Heath Care System has received lots of support from the Rams. So it was a natural thing to ask the Rams to help us.
Molly Higgins, the Rams Vice President of Corporate Communications and Civic Affairs said the following in regard to the worthwhile cause:
Military and veteran appreciation is an important part of the Rams’ community outreach efforts throughout the year so when we were approached by the local organizer of the Golden Age Games, it seemed like a unique extension of our various military-related efforts.
It was great for the St. Louis region to be able to play host to such a meaningful event, and we were proud to support the effort and help provide a memorable experience to the many veterans who have given so much for all of us.
Have a great day, as always, STL Rams Nation.
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