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 Tuesday, June 19th about your Los Angeles Rams:
CBS Sports' Top 30 NFL players 30 and Over:
With the NFL's summer break upon us and all 32 clubs on hiatus, many sports outlets have taken to ranking the top players in the league during the time before training camps begin in July.
And while the NFL has long been considered a young man's game, this week CBS Sports’ Sean Wagner-McGough is breaking down the top players 30 and over — those who continue to dominate the league towards the end of their careers.
Check out the three current Rams who made the cut:
24. Andrew Whitworth, OT, Rams (36)
"What a signing Whitworth proved to be for the Rams last year. Coming over from Cincinnati after an illustrious 11-year run with the Bengals, Whitworth solidified the left side of Rams' offensive line. According to PFF's grades, he was the ninth-best offensive tackle in terms of run blocking, which played a role in Todd Gurley's near-MVP season."
13. Aqib Talib, CB, Rams (32)
"Talib was just one of the Rams' many amazing offseason additions. And what an addition he was. In his career, which began in 2008, he's racked up 34 interceptions. In that span, only Charles Woodson has more. He's still going strong. Over the past five seasons, he's got 15 interceptions. Last year in Denver, he graded out as PFF's 15th best cornerback. He's had the benefit of playing on some pretty stacked defenses, and this year won't be any exception, which should lead to even more success. That pass rush is going to help him."
6. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Rams (31)
"Don't buy into the narrative that Suh's skills have declined. He's still one of the best players at his position and he's going to provide the Rams with a lift that could get them over the playoff hump and into the Super Bowl. He's still a force of nature. He's got 51.5 sacks in his career despite playing a position that doesn't exactly make it easy to bring down opposing quarterbacks. This past season, he graded out as PFF's fifth-best interior defender behind only Aaron Donald (his new teammate, which is both fun and scary), Geno Atkins (more on him in a second), Kawann Short, and Fletcher Cox."
Five Things to Know as the Rams Wrap Up Their Offseason Program Early
The Rams wrapped up their 2018 offseason program early last week, electing to forgo their final day of mandatory minicamp in favor of touring the new Hollywood Park Stadium site. As the club heads towards training camp, the Ventura County Star's Joe Curley is taking a look at five things to know about the team.
Here's a look at the top two sections. You can read Curley's full article by clicking here.
- Offensive Continuity: The Rams will return 10 of 11 offensive starters, including quarterback Jared Goff, center John Sullivan and running back Todd Gurley, the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year. The only turnover was at the outside receiver position, where Brandin Cooks was acquired as a like-for-like replacement for Sammy Watkins, who signed with Kansas City.
- Defensive Potential: After leading the NFL in scoring in 2017, can the Rams allow the fewest points in 2018? That seems like a legitimate question to ask considering the star-studded additions on the defensive side of the ball, including cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.