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 Monday, June 18th about your Los Angeles Rams:
The Best Player at Every Position in the NFL
While the definition of “best” may vary from position to position in the NFL, there are certain players across the league who stand out above all others. And while we continue to wait on the official kickoff to the 2018 regular season, Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport is putting together an all-star team filled with the best players at every position.
A few current rams were named as the league’s best at their various positions:
TODD GURLEY — RUNNING BACK
“This was the most difficult decision on the list. There are a fistful of worthy candidates... Yes, Gurley's had only one huge year. But what a year it was—he averaged 4.7 yards per carry, caught 64 passes, scored 19 touchdowns and won the Offensive Player of the Year award.”
ANDREW WHITWORTH — LEFT TACKLE
“This much can be said for Andrew Whitworth of the Los Angeles Rams: There isn't a more valuable player in the NFL at his position. The impact of Whitworth's arrival can't be overstated. The Rams jumped a full 20 spots in pass protection, per Football Outsiders, from 2016 to 2017. Todd Gurley II went from looking like a bust to the Offensive Player of the Year. And Goff went from lost as a rookie to second-year sensation.”
AARON DONALD — DEFENSIVE TACKLE
“Some calls in this piece were difficult. This was not one of those calls.
There are some really good defensive tackles in the NFL. And then there's Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams. From the moment Donald took the field, he's been one of the most disruptive defenders in the league. The 6'1", 280-pounder's first step is the stuff of legend. Sometimes it almost appears as if Donald's waiting in the offensive backfield for the ball to be snapped.
Don't bet against him to bring home a second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award in 2018. He's dominant. He's relentless. He never, ever stops.”
Surprise Offseason Standouts to Know for All 32 NFL Teams
Organized team activities and mandatory minicamps are now a thing of the past. And as teams begin their summer breaks, ESPN’s NFL Nation reporters are dishing out their top under-the-radar players who opened eyes during offseason workouts.
Los Angeles Rams
— Linebacker Cory Littleton
A former undrafted free agent in 2016, Littleton took the place this offseason of former team captain Alec Ogletree at inside linebacker. Littleton demonstrated to the staff in limited playing time in 2017 that he had the ability to be a playmaker. Coach Sean McVay said Littleton "immediately stepped in" during the offseason program and that he has done a "great job communicating" in a position that requires a leader. -- Lindsey Thiry