Each weekday, 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 August 6th about your Los Angeles Rams:
SUPER BOWL ODDS
Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report determined early Super Bowl odds for each NFL team in 2018. Knox evaluated each team based on "overall talent, coaching, injuries and competition level".
Here is what Knox said about the Rams entering preseason Week 1:
The Rams were the breakout stars of 2017. They had an MVP candidate in running back Todd Gurley, an opportunistic defense that racked up 48 sacks and 18 interceptions and a quarterback in Jared Goff who lived up to his status as 2016's No. 1 overall draft pick.
Los Angeles added more weapons—notably, defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, receiver Brandin Cooks and cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib—this offseason. If the Rams can get star defensive tackle Aaron Donald on the field, they'll have as good a chance as anyone of unseating the Eagles in the NFC.
Donald has been holding out of camp for a new contract, though the Rams don't appear too concerned.
"You want Aaron here, but the thing you know about Aaron is that when he gets here, he will be in shape," general manager Les Snead said, per Jarrett Bell of USA Today.
Expect the Rams to be in the Super Bowl conversation all season.
TOP TEAM UNDER 25
The Rams have an impressive amount of young talent on their roster once again in 2018. Just this offseason, wide receiver Brandin Cooks (24) signed a five-year contract extension before playing a game in L.A.
General manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay are putting together a young core and doing their absolute best to keep the band together for as long as possible. When ESPN.com's Scott Kacsmar ranked all 32 NFL teams under-25 talent, the Rams came out on top.
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The Rams climbed higher (26 spots) in the rankings than any team this year thanks to head coach Sean McVay showing us just how bad of a job Jeff Fisher was doing. We've usually had the Rams in the top five for these rankings, but we dropped them to 27th last year after Jared Goff's horrific rookie season and the struggles ofTodd Gurley II. Enter McVay, and the Rams had one of the greatest single-season turnarounds in NFL history.
Cooper Kupphad an excellent rookie season as the team's slot receiver. The Rams even traded for deep threatBrandin Cooks (still 24) from New England. Pharoh Cooperisn't much of a wide receiver, but he was first-team All-Pro on special teams last season. Tight endGerald Everett could get more involved in his second season as a former second-round pick.
The Rams occupy the top spot with a major lean on offensive firepower, but the defense should have two under-25 starters waiting to make their mark in linebacker Samson Ebukamand safety John Johnson. The latter finished 15th in adjusted yards per pass (6.0) among safeties in 2017.
JAMON GIVES BACK
Offensive lineman Jamon Brown presented the 13U West Louisville All-Star baseball team with a $5,000 check on Monday. The money will go toward sending the All-Stars to the 'Babe Ruth League World Series'.
Brown is from the West End in Louisville and played his college football at the University of Louisville.