Daily Dose: Rams vs. Saints a top “rivalry” to watch in 2019

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 Friday, March 29th about your Los Angeles Rams.

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2019 RIVAL

NFL.com’s Adam Rank listed the league's top-five rivalries to watch in 2019 and the Rams showdown in Los Angeles with the Saints cracked the top three.

Rank says the controversial bang-bang play that sprung the NFL’s most recent pass interference rule change may have sparked a rivalry between two of the NFC’s best in recent years. But regardless, the two teams have put on a show in their previous two meetings.

Here’s what Rank had to say about the growing Rams-Saints rivalry:

“But despite one dubious play, these two teams hatched a pair of instant classics last season -- one in November, one in January. And both rosters are stocked up for another run at the playoffs -- and more. When they face off in L.A., it'll be must-see TV.”

For all five of the NFL’s top rivalries in 2019 ranked, click here.

NRC ON RULE CHANGE

Rams slot corner Nickell Robey-Coleman gave his thoughts on this week’s rule change, which made pass interference calls challengeable by coaches outside of each half’s final two minutes.

Here’s Robey-Coleman on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday:

MUST ADDRESS: GUARD

In a list of one position each NFL club must still address in the offseason, Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report said for the Rams, it’s replacing Rodger Saffold at left guard.

“Safford did a ton of work for the Rams. Not only did he open holes for Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson during L.A.'s Super Bowl run, but he was also responsible for protecting quarterback Jared Goff from the interior pass rush. With guys such as San Francisco's DeForest Buckner and Seattle's Jarran Reed harassing quarterbacks in the NFC West, not addressing the guard spot could be disastrous.”

Saffold spent his career with the Rams before inking a deal with the Titans heading into 2019 and the Rams have a few options to fill the spot. General Manager Les Snead did not rule out drafting a starting-caliber offensive linemen when addressing the position vacancy following linebacker Clay Matthews introductory press conference, but he did call rising second-year offensive lineman Joseph Noteboom the heir to Saffold’s former spot on the line.

For each team’s biggest remaining need, click here.

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