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Raiders sign Dakota Allen from Rams’ PSby Sosa Kremenjas on September 24, 2019 at 3:19 am
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Good luck in Oaktown, Dakota! Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Rams, one of the prospects they’re high on in linebacker Dakota Allen, has been signed by the Oakland Raiders: The Raiders have signed LB Dakota Allen off the Rams practice squad, sources tell me and @PGutierrezESPN.— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) September 24, 2019 The Raiders poached Allen by signing him to their 53-man roster. This is the issue with the practice squad as it leaves your players exposed. The Rams now have a spot open on the practice squad. Allen was a stud for the Rams in the preseason as he totaled 22 tackles and one pass deflection. Originally, Allen was drafted by the Rams in the seventh-round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Many fans hoped Allen would’ve made the 53-man roster, though undrafted free agent Natrez Patrick was the player who won that final spot at linebacker. The Rams move forward with the duo of Bryce Hager and Taylor Rapp rotating inside. Allen was never a threat to start or receive any real playing time this year, though he was a player that could develop into a future starter. Best of luck in Oakland, Dakota!
Time to worry about Gurley?by Hotdaddywags on September 23, 2019 at 8:19 pm
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Gurley is off to his worst start since the 2016 season. Is it time to worry? Scott Wagner takes a look at the Rams’ star running back. In an article over on Sportscasting.com, NFL writer Dave Consolazio posits that Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley is an average player getting paid like an elite one: Through the first three weeks of 2019, Gurley ranks 11th in the league in rushing yards with 203. He ranks outside of the top ten in yards per carry with 4.6 as well, has only one touchdown, and his impact on the receiving game is non-existent. It’s still a little premature to suggest that the former Offensive Player of the Year should be put out to pasture. We knew his usage would be down, and that Malcolm Brown (and perhaps rookie third-round choice Darrell Henderson Jr.) would cut into his touches. Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports Perhaps most alarming is his lack of targets in the passing game with just six targets through three games after averaging nearly six per game over the last two seasons. Then there’s the uncharacteristic drops and the two fumbles in the Week 1 game against the Carolina Panthers that suggest his hesitancy isn’t just due to a rebuilt offensive line enduring early season struggles. And let’s face it: Gurley looks, well, slow. His 4.6 yards per carry are buoyed by a great 4th quarter in the Carolina game, but other than one run against the Cleveland Browns where he appeared to hit the hole aggressively, our former bellcow is looking like, you know...just Todd Gurley. This isn’t the panic button. Maybe OG Joseph Noteboom, C Brian Allen, and a healthy OG Austin Blythe begin to gel, TG starts to look like his old self, and his receiving touches start to flow from the playaction. You’ll get no complaints from me about a 3-0 start, no matter how clunky, but we may be dealing with inconsistent play from Gurley all season as evidenced by his strong game against Dallas in the divisional round followed up by his disappearing act in NFC Championship and the Super Bowl. If you’re really in the “glass half empty” column: $45 million of the $57.5 million that Gurley is owed over the life of this contract is guaranteed. The Rams don’t have a realistic out until after the 2021 offseason, when releasing him would only cost $4.2 million in dead cap money. A big showing against the surprisingly stout Tampa Bay Buccaneers front (#6 against the run) on Sunday would go a long way towards assuaging some of these budding Gurley fears. Another lackluster effort, and the Patella Novella will turn the page into what could be a pretty depressing new chapter.
Week 3 perspective recapby 3k on September 23, 2019 at 7:52 pm
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp celebrates a touchdown with his teammates in a Week 3 game against the Cleveland Browns, Sep. 22, 2019. | Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images The Rams came into 2019 with a tough three-game run to open the season. They’ve navigated that gauntlet perfectly. The Los Angeles Rams trudged through a funky one on Sunday Night Football to get a big win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 3, 20-13. Lots to unpack, but let’s take perspective of the bigger picture here on Overreaction Monday. Injuries Thankfully, the Rams didn’t seem to add anyone to the injury list. The bigger factor here though was the impact of the two guys who were out: TE Tyler Higbee and RG Austin Blythe. The latter’s absence meant OL Jamil Demby got the start, and he predictably had a rough go of it early on. He, and his interior linemates in LG Joseph Noteboom and C Brian Allen, had some tough work in the first half. They improved over the course of the game which is good to see from some younger players. It meant though that Rams Head Coach Sean McVay couldn’t rely on the young trio early on which meant the Rams had to restrict their offense with the Browns going six-wide up front. The results were pretty unenjoyable, but such was the cost of not having a line to trust. There’s a fair question to be asked why McVay preferred WR screens to HB screens with RB Todd Gurley to try to work against the Browns’ blitz packages, but overall the Rams couldn’t find much success with those and certainly nothing like what the Browns got on their well-timed screen call to RB Nick Chubb. As for Higbee’s absence, it meant QB Jared Goff didn’t have one of his favorite release valves available. It’s certainly fair to wonder what the impact was there in the first half, though at least he had WR Cooper Kupp as a go to. But hopefully it was a one off. Higbee and Blythe might be back next week, and these things might have been an anomaly if McVay can trust his OL’s second half performance more than their first half showing. Performance issues While a lot of the issues were related to the absences above, the two concerning performances on offense were from Goff and Gurley. Neither did themselves any favors to correct the narratives around them coming into this season in Week 3. Hopefully we get an offensive explosion to put to bed the growing concerns, because if the Rams can’t get going against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks those concerns are going to gain quite a bit of validity. Defensively though...wow. The combination of the Rams’ secondary working in tandem with DL Aaron Donald up front is absolutely shutting things down overall. It’s early, but Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips is in the running for coach of the year. Standings The Seahawks came up just short at home against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. Otherwise, we’d be talking about three undefeated teams in the NFC West. It’s still the highest win total of any three teams in a division through three games. As for the conference: Four undefeateds. The real surprise might be the Detroit Lions. Gotta wonder if that Week 1 tie against the Arizona Cardinals is going to come back to bite them. And with the Chicago Bears and Washington Monday Night Football Players on Monday Night Football tonight remaining, some very surprising teams at 1-2. Not quite panic mode for the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles...but only just. A loss in Week 4 for any would likely kick panic mode into full swing.
Rams-Browns: Matchups to watch revisitedby Sosa Kremenjas on September 23, 2019 at 4:44 pm
Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports After an ugly performance, the L.A. Rams escaped Cleveland with another win. We’re going to revisit the matchups to watch. The Los Angeles Rams turned in another winning performance on Sunday Night Football on the road against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns were the media darling heading into the season, though they’ve yet to look anything like everyone expected. The Rams on the other hand are one of the best teams in the league and though they’ve yet to put together a full performance, they continue to get by winning two close games while searching for an offensive rhythm. Let’s revisit the matchups to watch: QB Jared Goff versus Browns secondary Last week’s matchup to watch: Jared Goff has shown flashes of what made him one of the richest quarterbacks in NFL history, though he has yet to hit his peak production, matching what he was able to do in 2018. Goff has missed some open receivers and thrown an inaccurate pass or two, waiting to truly hit his rhythm as a passer through two games. The Browns have yet to allow a single touchdown to a receiver, though the questionable statuses’ (injuries) for their duo at cornerback in Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams could threaten that statistic. Goff could have a long game with the talented Browns defense, or he could face a unit that’s severely undermanned as both the aforementioned corners are banged up and starting safeties Damarious Randall (ruled out) and Morgan Burnett could miss the contest too. This game was a bumpy performance for Jared Goff, even with the entire Browns’ secondary sidelined due to injury. Goff had some darts that he ripped into tight coverage, though he also had two interceptions and a fumble, and three turnovers is simply far too many. The Rams should have tested the Browns’ cornerbacks more often, but that’s a complaint for a different place. Goff needs to be more careful with the ball moving forward. LT Greg Robinson versus EDGE Dante Fowler Jr. Last week’s matchup to watch: Good ol’ Greg Robinson, we finally meet again. Robinson is one of the biggest busts in recent memory as his career fizzled out with the Rams quickly, eventually latching on as the blindside protector in Cleveland. Robinson is sure to have his hands full with Dante Fowler Jr. who’s quietly emerging as a threat off the edge. Fowler has yet to record a sack by beating an offensive tackle, making this matchup an extremely juicy one as Robinson is a major liability. The Rams’ defensive line — as a whole — has the opportunity to dictate and dominate this contest. Just as we all suspected, Greg Robinson is still indeed bad. I cannot recall if he actually allowed any sacks in his direction, though I know for sure he had at least one or two flags as he jumped early when Aaron Donald lined up in his direction. As a whole, the Rams’ defensive line did well even though the Browns had a plan to get the ball out of Baker Mayfield’s hands quickly. RT Rob Havenstein versus EDGE Myles Garrett Last week’s matchup to watch: Conversely, on the opposite side of things, Myles Garrett is likely licking his chops as he’ll see a lot of Rob Havenstein in this contest as he flips between right and left end. Hav just came off one of the worst games in his career as he was manhandled by New Orleans Saints’ edge Cameron Jordan. This is a great game for Hav to bounce back, though it’ll be incredibly tough as Garrett currently leads the NFL with five sacks. Myles Garrett did collect himself a sack, though the Rams’ offensive line as a whole was pretty solid in pass protection. Sure, they had some gaffs (mostly coming on miscommunication), which is natural when you have three interior offensive lineman with nearly zero NFL experience. They performed admirably though, and Rob Havenstein had himself a solid bounce back game after a rough outing against the New Orleans Saints and defensive end Cameron Jordan. WR Odell Beckham Jr. versus CB’s Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters Last week’s matchup to watch: Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the best players in the league, plain and simple. OBJ is coming off a six-catch 161-yard and one-touchdown performance against the Jets, with his highlight play being an 89-yard catch and run that resulted in a touchdown. The Rams’ duo of boundary corners in Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters have been very solid in 2019, though they’ve yet to really be tested. This matchup has the chance to end badly for either side. Talib and Peters need to ensure they don’t allow OBJ to get over top of their coverage and strike with a major play. The entire secondary should take a bow with how they performed, as all six guys (seven if you include Troy Hill) were spectacular throughout the contest. Superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had six receptions for 56 yards on nine targets, though it felt like less as none of the catches were ever any real threat. Both Nickell Robey-Coleman and Aqib Talib had great plays in coverage against OBJ on multiple occasions. WR Brandin Cooks versus CB Greedy Williams Last week’s matchup to watch: Brandin Cooks is one of the best vertical receivers in the league, and he finally got a chance to showcase it in 2019 as he caught a beautiful pass from Goff down the left side of the field for a 57-yard gain last week against the Saints. Greedy Williams — who is listed as questionable in the contest — could get a lot of Cooks in coverage. Williams is a rookie who’d be playing in only his third NFL game and was a noted gambler in college, proving this matchup could result in a recipe for disaster for the Browns. Greedy Williams actually ended up inactive even though he was questionable. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks lead the Rams with 112 receiving yards on eight receptions (12 targets), though it was Cooper Kupp who did the most damage roasting cornerbacks with his 102-yard and two-touchdown performance. Cooks had a drop or two in the contest and another two or three on the season. He’ll need to clean that up moving forward, though Cooks has been very solid so far in 2019.