Los Angeles Rams

Preview for Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals |Sep 24, 2017

COWBOYS AT CARDINALS Kickoff: 5:30 p.m., ESPN Outlook: Dallas loafed its way through last week’s loss against Denver, like Ezekiel Elliott chasing down an interception. That won’t be the case this week against an Arizona offense that just isn’t the same without David Johnson.

This week’s Rams opponent: San Francisco 49ers |Sep 19, 2017

Does Sean McVay have bad weather to credit for his job as head coach of the Rams? Probably not. So impressed were the Rams with McVay after their initial interview in early January that they didn’t want to lose out on him, and quickly brought him back for a second chat.

Rams coordinator Wade Phillips up-front about team’s run-defense struggles |Sep 19, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> Like any good defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips anticipated Tuesday’s attack. “What’s wrong with the run defense, right?” Phillips deadpanned, moments after he reached the podium to start his weekly news conference.

Rams can’t complete comeback in home loss to Washington |Sep 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> One of Rams coach Sean McVay’s proteges made game-winning plays Sunday. The other? Well, maybe he’s getting there, but the progress is a bit halting Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins did exactly what McVay once trained him to do: drive 70 yards in the fourth quarter of a tie game, and win it.

Aaron Donald’s return mostly a dud, as Rams are gashed on the ground |Sep 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Aaron Donald burst through the line, loose in the backfield for the first time since his months-long holdout ended, and immediately, the All-Pro defensive tackle knew what was coming.

In a single bound, Todd Gurley shows Rams that he might be super again |Sep 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> In high school, the hurdles never tried to tackle Todd Gurley. A former track star in sprints and the 110-high hurdles in North Carolina, Gurley long ago traded spikes for cleats, but clearly the instincts remain.

Bonsignore: Rams send positive message, even after tough loss |Sep 17, 2017

The Rams locker room was barely open a minute or two Sunday after a gut wrenching 27-20 loss to Washington when Robert Woods motioned for reporters to come talk to him. If anyone had reason to hide from the media or brush them off or figure out a way to make himself invisible it was Woods, whose two careless penalties during a critical fourth-quarter drive likely cost the Rams a chance to score a touchdown and take the lead.

Rams vs. Washington: Who has the edge? |Sep 16, 2017

RAMS (1-0) vs. WASHINGTON (0-1) When: Today, 1:25 p.m. Where: Coliseum Line: Rams by 2.5 TV/radio: Ch. 11; 710-AM, 100.3-FM, 1330-AM (Spanish) RAMS OFFENSE vs. WASHINGTON DEFENSE Good news: the Rams gained 373 yards last week against Indianapolis, fifth-most among all NFL teams.

Right coach, system can change trajectory of an NFL QB’s career |Sep 16, 2017

The jersey sits in an upstairs room in his home near the Rams’ facility. Inscribed inside the jersey’s number is a message that Sean McVay, the team’s first-year head coach, holds dear.

Sean McVay faces the Washington friends who helped make him a head coach |Sep 16, 2017

Kirk Cousins quickly spotted the boyish blond guy who darted around the Washington practice field in 2012. “I remember just throwing routes to the wide receivers and tight ends,” Cousins said this week, “and there was this really, really young guy coaching the tight ends and I thought, ‘That’s interesting.

Jared Goff improved, but also got plenty of help |Sep 15, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS>> What strange times these must be for Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who last week benefitted from the rare combination of solid pass blockers and reliable receivers. Goff got sacked only once and suffered only one dropped pass during last Sunday’s impressive 306-yard effort in victory over Indianapolis.

Rams game vs. Washington will put family on opposite sides |Sep 14, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS>> Washington’s tight ends are, almost literally, family to the Rams. Rams coach Sean McVay adores them, because he coached them in Washington for seven seasons, first as position coach and then as offensive coordinator.

Aaron Donald is back; Rams think he’s ready to start Sunday |Sep 13, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> Aaron Donald sat at his locker, head down, seemingly resigned to the fact that he’d have to tolerate some good-natured teasing from teammates in the Rams’ locker room Wednesday.

For now, Aaron Donald is back in Rams’ fold |Sep 13, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> Aaron Donald emerged from the Rams weight room at their Thousand Oaks training facility on Wednesday, flashed a bit of a grin to some nearby observers, then made his way to the nearby practice field.

Can Sammy Watkins be a Grade-A WR for Rams? |Sep 9, 2017

Sammy Watkins had Jared Goff in one ear, and Sean McVay in the other. Sammy, what do you run on this play? How about this one? How about that first play, but from this other formation? “After the first day,” Watkins said, “I was like, ‘OK, now they’re just trying to see how much I’m studying,’ so I had to overstudy and be on point.

Bonsignore: Aaron Donald had no choice but to return to Rams |Sep 9, 2017

From the outset, the Aaron Donald contract holdout seemed a bit dubious. The longer it dragged on through OTAs, training camp and preseason games, the more equivocal it became. That he finally returned early Saturday morning, just ahead of the Rams season opener Sunday against the Colts — with no new deal in hand — only adds to the puzzlement.

The ‘Fight for L.A.’ between the Rams and Chargers begins ... now |Sep 9, 2017

My oh my, how the NFL landscape has seismically shifted in Los Angeles over the last 20 months. The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers? Yup, that really happened. And Year One of their co-existence begins Sunday.

Bonsignore: For Rams, figuring out what they have in Jared Goff is key |Sep 7, 2017

At some point Sunday night, after a full day of NFL games conclude and the leftover wings and brats are wrapped up tightly and tucked away in the refrigerator and the barbecue grills are scrubbed clean and neatly covered, a whole bunch of tired heads will hit a whole bunch of pillows across Los Angeles.

Let Rams, Chargers ‘Fight for L.A.,’ Raiders will win Super Bowl |Sep 6, 2017

The Fight for L.A. rages on, as the Rams and Chargers battle to win the collective hearts and souls and wallets of the 20 million or so people residing in Los Angeles and vicinity. But it’s just a local tangle.

2017 NFL Preview: A team-by-team look at the NFC |Sep 6, 2017

WEST ARIZONA CARDINALS 2016 record: 7-8-1 Notable offseason addition: Haason Reddick, OLB. Reddick has been a pleasant surprise early on in Arizona. If he keeps developing as a pass-rusher, he could be an instant star.

2017 NFL Preview: A team-by-team look at the AFC |Sep 6, 2017

AFC WEST DENVER BRONCOS 2016 record: 9-7 Notable offseason addition: Ron Leary, OG. Denver’s fall from grace last season had a whole lot to do with a leaky offensive line. Leary can’t turn that around on his own, but as a competent interior lineman, his addition will definitely help a struggling offense.

With Aaron Donald still AWOL, rookie Tanzel Smart prepares to start Rams opener |Sep 6, 2017

Way back on draft day last April - Day 3, to be exact - and a ways into the sixth round, Tanzel Smart got a call from the Rams telling him he was on his way to Los Angeles to play defensive tackle. Not long after, the Tulane University standout said it meant the world to him that he’d soon be playing alongside Aaron Donald and Robert Quinn, a pair of Rams players he’d been admiring from afar.

Bonsignore: Aaron Donald, it’s time to get back to work |Aug 30, 2017

Aaron Donald deserves to be the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. So let’s just get that out of the way at the very top, lest anyone thinks sides are being taken in a contract holdout that has cost Donald all of training camp and preseason.

From Rams cult hero to possible cut, Nelson Spruce forges on |Aug 29, 2017

Was this a dream? Around him, the scene felt so surreal, he couldn’t help but wonder. Tens of thousands chanting his name. The entirety of the Coliseum pulsing with energy, roaring in harmonious praise.

Eric Dickerson goes from feuding with Rams to front-office role |Aug 29, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> Last November, as the Rams season descended into a downward spiral, Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson found himself locked in a feud with the Rams head coach and its front office.

Tavon Austin returns to practice, in search of role within Rams offense |Aug 28, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> The Rams just got Tavon Austin out of the shop. The question now is, will Austin continue to spin his wheels in the NFL, or can Sean McVay turn him into a high-performance vehicle? No one knows, even McVay, the Rams’ first-year coach who inherited Austin and his history of being a receiver full of potential, but one who has yet to reach it.

Rams receiver Cooper Kupp having monster preseason |Aug 21, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> Yes, it’s just preseason. Before that, it was just OTAs. Before that, it was just the Big Sky Conference. At every turn, Cooper Kupp has faced doubters, and turned them around.

Bonsignore: How Jared Goff, Rams offense made key strides against Raiders |Aug 20, 2017

OAKLAND >> Jared Goff lofted a deep ball at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on Saturday night. Sammy Watkins, the Rams’ dynamic new wide receiver, galloped toward the end zone as the ball fell from the night.

Rams’ Sean McVay handed over play-calling duties in second half |Aug 20, 2017

Even before his first regular-season game, Rams Coach Sean McVay showed he won’t be afraid to delegate responsibilities. McVay, formerly the offensive coordinator in Washington, announced shortly after his hire in January that he would call plays for the Rams, but McVay said Sunday that his offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur, called plays during the second half of Saturday’s preseason victory over Oakland.

Fantasy Football: Top 10 sleeper picks for the 2017 season |Aug 19, 2017

There is plenty of time to join a fantasy football league and prepare a draft strategy before the start of the NFL’s 2017 regular season. Whether it is your first time playing fantasy football or you consider yourself a fantasy expert, here are 10 potential sleeper picks to consider as your upcoming draft.

John Fassel happy to help out Rams in every way |Aug 19, 2017

OAKLAND >> Wash your car, coach? Pick up your dry cleaning? Rams special-teams coach John Fassel is glad to do whatever Coach Sean McVay needs, because he has developed a level of sympathy. “Really what I’ve done for Sean,” Fassel said recently, “is just say, ‘I only did it for a couple weeks, but if there’s any burden I can carry for you, no matter how insignificant, just tell me.

Jared Goff solid in Rams win over Raiders |Aug 19, 2017

OAKLAND >> This is the Jared Goff the Rams drafted, or thought they drafted, anyway. Goff didn’t look perfect in Saturday night’s 24-21 preseason victory over Oakland but, well, what’s a good word for almost perfect? Goff led the Rams on three scoring drives in four first-half possessions, and completed strong, accurate passes all over the field to seven different targets.

Fight for L.A.? Mark Davis thinks Raiders already won |Aug 19, 2017

OAKLAND >> The humor wasn’t lost on Mark Davis an hour or so before the Oakland Raiders took the field against the Rams on Saturday night. Or hubris. Like so many others around the NFL, the Raiders owner is keeping an eye on things down in Los Angeles.

Sean McVay’s history shows Rams can’t afford to be pass-happy on offense |Aug 18, 2017

OAKLAND >> Coach Sean McVay is a quarterbacks guru who loves tight-end mismatches and now gets to plan with receiver Sammy Watkins. But don’t forget the Rams’ running backs. McVay should not.

Right side of Rams’ offensive line under a microscope against Raiders |Aug 18, 2017

OAKLAND >> The Rams will push their starters into the second quarter Saturday against the Oakland Raiders. It’s the typical plan of attack the second week of the preseason, with NFL coaches extending clock time for starters as they chart their flight plan toward the regular season.

LA Rams vs. Oakland Raiders: Live updates and how to watch information |Aug 18, 2017

The Los Angeles Rams travel to Oakland to play the Raiders for its second game of the preseason. Check back for live news, stats and updates during before, during and after the game. How to catch the game: Start Time: 7 p.

Potential Aaron Donald holdout doesn’t sway Rams |Aug 17, 2017

IRVINE — When will Aaron Donald show up? Or, more to the point, will he show up? Donald’s contract holdout seemed to take a turn toward contentiousness Thursday morning when ESPN reported, through unnamed sources, that Donald might not join the Rams for the start of the season.

5 key questions for Rams: How they’ve been answered |Aug 17, 2017

IRVINE >> Sean McVay called his Rams together on a sun-splashed Thursday morning moments after a loud horn sounded to end practice. Thirty seconds or so later, the chorus of 80 players yelling “Rams” could be heard bouncing across two football fields, nearby locker rooms and weight rooms and a UC Irvine campus springing back to life after summer vacation.

Rams trianing camp: Thursday’s practice at a glance |Aug 17, 2017

A brief look at the Rams’ training-camp practice on Thursday: BIG MOMENT It’s been a nice week for the Rams’ receivers. First, Sammy Watkins showed up and made some nice catches, and rookie Josh Reynolds flashed some moves.

Sammy Watkins making people notice in camp, including Jared Goff |Aug 16, 2017

IRVINE >> Heads turned when receiver Sammy Watkins made a catch on the run during the first play of 11-on-11 practice drills Wednesday. Rams fans noticed and chattered. So did the guy who threw the ball.

Rams training camp: Wednesday’s practice at a glance |Aug 16, 2017

A brief look at the Rams’ training-camp practice on Wednesday: BIG MOMENT The most entertaining aspect of training-camp practice has been a red-zone drill in which receivers and cornerbacks go one on one.

Rookie Josh Reynolds another intriguing addition to Rams’ WRs |Aug 16, 2017

IRVINE >> The Rams added a shiny new toy to their offense this week. A big, explosive wide receiver able to stretch a defense, go up in traffic and get the football, or be a Red Zone threat able to turn third-down throws to the corner of the end zone into touchdowns.

Rams, Chargers trying to find right mix on offensive line |Aug 15, 2017

When Orlando Franklin was released in May, the Chargers offensive line didn’t just lose its most veteran member. It lost something arguably just as crucial to the undefinable, yet indisputably important chemistry of an offensive line.

Even without Aaron Donald, Rams defense looks strong |Aug 15, 2017

IRVINE >> The Rams also play defense, and perhaps quite well. While the focus during this training camp has been on the offense — Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Sammy Watkins, Andrew Whitworth, et al — the surest path to improvement for the Rams in 2017 will be on defense, particularly if coordinator Wade Phillips can continue to be a first-year miracle worker.

Rams training camp: Tuesday’s practice at a glance |Aug 15, 2017

A brief look at the Rams’ training-camp practice on Tuesday: Big moment The Rams’ quarterbacks had another tough day, as Jared Goff and Sean Mannion each threw two interceptions, but Goff bounced back from one of his with a gorgeous 40-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Josh Reynolds during a 7-on-7 drill.

New Rams WR Sammy Watkins trying to watch and learn |Aug 14, 2017

IRVINE >> As the Rams went through scripted, oft-repeated warm-up exercises, Sammy Watkins glanced left and right and tried to mimic his new teammates. This is going to be a process. In his first day on the field with the Rams, after Friday’s trade that brought him over from Buffalo, Watkins didn’t do much at practice at UC Irvine.

Highlights from Monday’s Rams practice |Aug 14, 2017

A brief look at the Rams’ training-camp practice on Monday: Big moment Which interception to choose? Quarterback Jared Goff threw three, but the most impressive play might have been made by cornerback Trumaine Johnson, during a red-zone drill.

Todd Gurley will be active in Rams preseason games |Aug 13, 2017

IRVINE >> Todd Gurley played in the 2016 preseason. Really, he did. Gurley got on the field for one series of one quarter of one game, for a total of five plays. He had four carries and one touchdown.

Sammy Watkins, once a Ferrari, joins L.A. traffic |Aug 12, 2017

Sammy Watkins was supposed to wait his turn at Clemson. He was all-this-and-that in Fort Myers, Fla. but the Tigers always had receiver talent. Maybe by his sophomore year …. “We had a guy named (Marquan) Jones who was going to start,” said Tajh Boyd, the quarterback.

New Rams receiver Sammy Watkins ‘can’t wait’ to get in new offense after trade |Aug 12, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Sammy Watkins couldn’t believe his fortune. In Buffalo’s preseason opener Thursday, Watkins caught passes on the first three plays of the game. “I just thought I was catching it hot,” Watkins said.