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Daily Dose: Donald and Gurley Amongst the League's Best

Each weekday, 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 October 18th about your Los Angeles Rams.


NFL's TOP 10

The Bleacher Report asked NFL Scouts, coaches, and executive to rank the top 10 players in the NFL. Two Rams made Matt Miller's list — running back Todd Gurley and defensive tackle Aaron Donald. 

Here's what Miller heard about each player:

6. DT Aaron Donald

Every evaluator we talked to ranked Donald as a top-10 player, and his play in the last three games (four sacks in that time) backs it up—Donald is a top-tier player and arguably the league's best defender.

Rushing from the interior of the Rams defense, Donald has lived up to his paycheck as the league's top-paid defensive tackle. It's no coincidence that Donald's ability has helped lead the Rams to the NFL's only remaining undefeated record.

"What he's doing from the middle is unlike anything I've seen. He might be the most talented player in the game," said a rival coach. Donald's play and ranking seem to agree.

 4. RB Todd Gurley

Scout's Take: "If MVP truly goes to the league's best player, it better go to Todd Gurley."

Todd Gurley is doing amazing things in an explosive, wide-open Rams offense and is in the running for the MVP award. Through six games, Gurley leads the NFL in touchdowns (11) and rushing yards (623) while dominating on a weekly basis.

For the full ranking, click here.


On Wednesday's Gil Brandt picked the best quarterback in each division. For the NFC West, Brandt went with Seahawks veteran QB Russell Wilson. Brandt notes Wilson's winning percentage through his first six seasons and his durability in his case for best in the NFC West. However, Brandt does mention Rams QB Jared Goff, saying he is poised to take Wilson's thrown.


Here's what Brandt had to say about Goff:

Next in line: "Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams. Goff is good -- and Sean McVay has made him better. Yes, the man who once failed to clear 160 yards per game as a rookie is on pace to break the 5,000-yard mark in his second season under McVay."

For Brandt's full article, click here. 


On Wednesday, ESPN's NFL Nation Reporters submitted each team's injury concerns entering Week 7. 

Here's what to watch for in the Rams upcoming game against the 49ers:

Los Angeles Rams

Receiver Cooper Kupp suffered a knee sprain against the Broncos that will sideline him against the 49ers. Josh Reynolds has proved to be a capable backup and is expected to start in Kupp's absence. Kicker Greg Zuerlein, who has been sidelined since he suffered a groin injury in pregame warm-ups in Week 2, is expected to return, which should provide the Rams a reliable safety net for points inside opposing territory. -- Lindsey Thiry

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are again facing multiple injuries, but the cornerback position is the most up in the air this week, which isn't exactly good timing with the high-powered Rams coming to town. Cornerbacks Jimmie Ward (hamstring), K'Waun Williams (shoulder) and Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion) are considered day-to-day this week. The Niners are hopeful they will have at least some of them back, but either way the team probably will enter Sunday's matchup with concerns at the position. -- Nick Wagoner

For each team's injury concerns heading into Week 7, click here.

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