This offseason, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here’s a look at what’s out there for Thursday, May 31st about your Los Angeles Rams:
NFC West Offseason Grades: Rams Steal the Show
The NFC West had arguably the most exciting offseason of any division in the league. And as CBS Sports’ John Breech puts it, a big reason for that excitement came from just the Rams. Los Angeles made a total of six trades over the past two months and signed one of the top free agents for 2018 in defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
But the other three clubs in the division added some intrigue as well with the addition of a franchise quarterback in Josh Rosen and the Cardinals, as well as the signing of former Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman to the 49ers.
So, which team has had the best offseason? Below is a breakdown of the grades for each team in the NFC West:
— Offseason Grade: C
LOS ANGELES RAMS:
— Offseason Grade: A
“No team in the NFL made more offseason headlines than the Los Angeles Rams. If they made one thing clear over the past three months, it's that they're going to do whatever it takes to win the Super Bowl in 2018. If you need a quick rehash of the Rams' offseason, here's what they've done since Feb. 23:
- Acquired Marcus Peters from the Chiefs
- Acquired Aqib Talib from the Broncos
- Signed Ndamukong Suh
The fact that the Rams spent so much time acquiring defensive talent this offseason means they're probably going to take a step back on offense, right? Wrong.
Although the Rams won't have Sammy Watkins and Tavon Austin this year, they arguably upgraded at the receiver position when they added Brandin Cooks from the Patriots. Basically, the NFL's top scoring offense from 2018 might have actually gotten better this offseason.”
SAN FRANCISCO 49ers:
— Offseason Grade: B
— Offseason Grade: C
Debating Win Total Projections for all 32 NFL Teams:
How many wins will the Browns have? Which team is expected to have the best record? ESPN.com’s NFL Nation reporters are predicting the over/under on win totals for every NFL team. Check out what the Rams are projected to accomplish in 2018:
Projected Wins: 9.2
“Lindsey Thiry's Take: The Rams finished 11-5 last season, which included eight away wins and a brutal road trip at Jacksonville, in London (vs. the Cardinals) and at the Giants. This season, the Rams will stay closer to home, not making a trip to the East Coast, plus they've bulked up the roster. They return 10 of 11 starters on offense, including reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley II. On defense, they've added All-Pro cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib and All-Pro defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh to play alongside reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. While depth at some positions could be a concern -- namely on the offensive line -- a healthy team has the potential to win at least 10 games. Prediction: Over 9.2 wins.”