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Rams notch eight sacks in Week 9 road win vs. 49ers
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(11/2/14) The Rams defense came up big Sunday, sacking 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick eight times in the team's 13-10 road win over San Francisco in Week 9.
While the offense was largely stagnant for 60 minutes, the Rams defense dominated the 49ers' offensive line to keep the team in the game and eventually pull off the win. Defensive end Robert Quinn led the charge with two sacks and a forced fumble, while linebacker James Laurinaitis and defensive linemen Michael Brockers, Aaron Donald, Eugene Sims and William Hayes each picked up a sack as well.
It was a stark departure from the same unit that failed to find much quarterback pressure over the first few weeks of the season. The Rams defense will hope to keep playing at an elite level in Week 10 against the Cardinals.
Rams list four as questionable Week 9
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(10/31/14) The Rams have listed CB Janoris Jenkins, DT Aaron Donald, S Rodney McLeod and LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar as questionable for Week 9 against the 49ers.
Jenkins and McLeod are both dealing with knee issues. Donald has a shoulder issue and Dunbar is dealing with a toe injury.
Rams DST could thrive in Week 1 vs. Vikings
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(9/4/14) The Rams defense found a way to get scarier this offseason, selecting draftnik darling Aaron Donald in the first round to add to a front four that already includes Robert Quinn, Chris Long and Michael Brockers. That fearsome foursome has a good chance to wreak havoc on the Vikings in Week 1.
The Rams also enjoyed addition by subtraction when they parted ways with the regularly overmatched Cortland Finnegan this offseason. A unit that was dominant against the run last year should be able to do as good a job against Adrian Peterson as is possible. But teams will likely find it tougher to pass on the Rams this season; though the team was the worst in the league against No. 1 receivers last year, thanks in large part to Finnegan, they excelled against No. 2 wide receivers and were also the top team in the league at defending tight ends, per Football Outsiders.
The Vikings represent a nice matchup for the Rams, as Minnesota the 11th-best offense for DSTs to face last season. The Rams deservedly check in as top-five options for both CBSSports.com Fantasy experts this week.
Rams sign entire draft class
|by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(6/12/14) The Rams locked up their entire draft class Thursday as all 11 rookies were signed to contracts.
The complete list:
Round 1, pick 2: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Round 1, pick 13: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Round 2, pick 41: Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida St.
Round 3, pick 75: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
Round 4, pick 110: Maurice Alexander, S, Utah State
Round 6, pick 188: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri
Round 6, pick 214: Garrett Gilbert, QB, Southern Methodist
Round 7, pick 226: Mitchell Van Dyk, OT, Portland State
Round 7, pick 241: Christian Bryant, S, Ohio State
Round 7, pick 249: Michael Sam, DE, Missouri
Round 7, pick 250: Demetrius Rhaney, C, Tennessee State
|The Rams added to their defensive line in the NFL Draft by taking Aaron Donald from Pittsburgh in the first round. He should be a force in the middle of the defense, and he could help in the sack department after getting 11 in 2013. We don’t recommend drafting Donald in the majority of IDP leagues because his tackle totals will likely be low. But if he shows he can rush the passer on this level then add him off waivers during the year.
(Updated 5/22/14) |