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Random Ramsdom 8/31: Are you ready for some (real) football
Five Takeaways: Rams Finish 2018 Preseason 2-2 | Rams OfficialThe only takeaway from this one is: burn the tape. Myles Simmons looks for the silver lining in the Rams’ meaningless Orlando Pace Jersey , but embarrassing, final tune-up.The Lookaround: The State of the LA Rams | Field GullsSB Nation colleague Kenneth Arthur with a solid, if Seahawk-centric look at the Rams by way of the Pacific Northwest (featuring guest commentary by our very own 3k).LA Rams to play preseason game in Hawaii | Star AdvertiserIf you’re looking for good excuse to spend a week in Hawaii, look no further. The Rams will likely suit up in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium in 2019. Although, judging by the lack of star power in this year’s exhibition games, be sure to pack the golf clubs.Player of the Game: Rams LB Micah Kiser racks up 12 tackles | RamsWireIn the “lone bright spot” column, the Rams have themselves a run-stuffing LB in Micah Kiser. His coverage skills remain a question mark, but given the shortcomings of last year’s unit against the run, it’s a welcome sight to see some good old-fashioned tackling.Rams among favorites to finish with best record in NFL | RamsWireAccording to sports handicap site OddsShark, the Rams are in the top 5 teams Vegas predicts to finish the regular season with league’s best mark. No presh.Is Aaron Donald deal already done? | NBC SportsYou’ve seen the Captain Obvious commercials, right? Brilliant. Apparently, NBC Sports’ Mike Florio has not only seen them, but is channeling the astute charmer from the popular ad campaign. Yeah, we’re about to pay the man, as the Whitworth and Woods restructures connote. LA Rams adjust to Super Bowl aspirations | USA TodayIt’s a worthwhile topic. The Rams are facing big expectations for the first time in 10+ years. We’re loaded, confident, and relatively healthy heading into week 1. But we sure won’t surprise anyone in 2018.Rams should explore RG3 trade | FanSidedYes, Sean Mannion has been bad to atrocious, depending on who you ask. Give him a first-string O-line and some weapons and maybe he’s not quite as awful as he’s looked. Would RG3 fare better if he’s released by the Ravens? It’s worth some though, or in this case Deacon Jones Jersey , an article.Rams top Super Bowl LIII Predictions | NFL.comWith 5 votes from the pundits over at, the Rams are tied with New Orleans as favorites to reach the Super Bowl. Yes, tied with the same team whose 2s, 3s and 4s just ran roughshod over our soon-to-be grocery baggers. That game was meaningless, right? A bunch of guys we’ll cut against a bunch of guys they’ll cut. Still, something tells me it meant something to Saints’ HC Sean Payton. Melvin Gordon of the Chargers is quietly stating his case that there is more than one elite all-purpose running back in Los Angeles.Even though the Rams' Todd Gurley has commanded most of the attention when it comes to discussing the league's top running backs, Gordon is showing that he should be in that conversation as well.Going into Sunday's game against Arizona, the fourth-year back has six straight games where he has had 120 yards or more from scrimmage. He is averaging 132.1 yards from scrimmage per game, which is second to Gurley. He is also averaging 6.4 yards per touch, which is fourth, while Gurley is averaging 5.9 yards, which is tied for sixth.Gordon has 42 receptions and is on track to surpass last year's career high of 58. The increased receptions are fine with Gordon as long as he gets the ball."Coach (Anthony) Lynn especially told me this year, 'Don't really focus on the carries. Let's just worry about the touches.' He made that big this year," Gordon said. "I knew when I heard that, it's just an opportunity for me 鈥?whether it's catching or running (the ball). As long as I'm getting the opportunity, I can take that."When Gordon has caught the ball out of the backfield, he has made the most of it. He is the only back in the league that has more than 40 receptions and 100 rushing attempts to average over 10.5 (10.7) yards per catch. He is also tied for second in the league with four catches of 25 or more yards.The receptions have also taken less of a toll on Gordon's body instead of running between the tackles 20-25 times a game."It can definitely help keep a back fresh, but their touches are just like carries to him. Check-downs, swing passes, those are just extended runs. We're doing a good job of finding him in those situations Eric Dickerson Jersey ," Lynn said.Gordon missed the Week 7 game against Tennessee because of a hamstring injury, but says he feels good for this point of the season."I'm just trying to lift heavy on the legs still and trying to get my extra conditioning in when I can," he said. "I'm banged up like everybody else. I have little nicks here and there. I'll probably be good on Saturday. I'll probably be back to where I need to be and then, obviously, the next day you're back at war."When Gordon has carried the ball, he's still been one of the tougher backs to take down. According to SportRadar, Gordon is fourth in rushing yards after contact (399) and second in broken tackles with 27.Gordon could have a prime opportunity for his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season on Sunday. Arizona (2-8) comes into the game with the fourth-worst run defense in the league,Cardinals coach Steve Wilks faced Gurley in Week 2 and said that both Gordon and Gurley are similar backs."I say similar because they both are what I consider very potent receivers out of the backfield," Wilks said. "You know they can move them around well out of space as well as making you miss and have the capability to take it all the way."Wilks said Gordon does take less hits when catching more than compared to running the ball."Yeah, you take the run between the tackles, and you're still going to get hits. Last week he didn't get hits because he ran for 50, 60 yards, whatever it was. It takes less off your body, the pounding between the tackles, yes, it does in that way."Notes: DT Corey Liguet was placed on injured reserve as he underwent surgery for his quad tendon. The surgery was performed by Dr. Jonathan Glashow in New York, and the estimated recovery time is approximately 6 to 9 months. To fill Liguet's roster spot, the Chargers claimed DT T.Y. McGill off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles. McGill was with the Chargers the first four games this season. . DE Joey Bosa was listed as a full participant in practice for the first time this season. He played in his first game last Sunday against Denver after missing the first nine games because of a bone bruise to his left foot.
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