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 Thursday, July 18 about your Los Angeles Rams.
FUTURE POWER RANKINGS
ESPN NFL insiders Louis Riddick, Kevin Seifert, and Field Yates recently put together a list of which teams are in the best shape for the next three years through future power rankings. Each team got a score for roster excluding the QB, quarterback, draft, front office, and coaching.
Through that, the Rams came in at No. 8.
Los Angeles scored highest in coaching, coming in at No. 4. Elsewhere, the club finished No. 10 in overall roster, No. 13 in quarterback, No. 12 in draft, and No. 11 in front office.
From the article:
Why they're here: It didn't take long for the Rams to reverse their fortunes, much of it aligning with the hiring of head coach Sean McVay prior to the 2017 season. That was followed up by an aggressive free-agent period led by GM Les Snead that put this roster in position to compete immediately. The Rams remain in good competitive position going forward with a roster chock full of talent and a quarterback in Jared Goffwho found his groove under McVay. Major questions for the Rams going forward surround the ability to retain this outstanding core, as the Rams have a sizable list of players who are due for extensions. That's a good problem to have. — Yates
For more on what Riddick, Seifert, and Yates had to say about the Rams’ future prospects, check out the full story here (ESPN+ subscription required).
NO. 4 RECEIVING DUO?
NFL media analyst — and former Packers wide receiver — James Jones ranked his top five receiving duos heading into 2019, and a pair of Rams made the list.
Jones put the duo of Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks at No. 4, saying both were instrumental in Los Angeles’ 2018 run to Super Bowl LIII.
Jared Goff's development over the last two seasons has impacted the receivers' success, but the biggest factor without question is Sean McVay. The Rams head coach has a very good understanding of his players' strengths and puts Cooks and Woods in the right positions to make play after play. Both of these receivers are Swiss Army Knife-type guys who are effective no matter where they line up -- outside, inside or on reverses and fly sweeps. Cooper Kupp is something of a wild card coming back from an ACL tear suffered in November, but if he can regain his form in 2019, he'll only help make this duo more effective.
Though Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry have yet to play a snap together in Cleveland, Jones called the Browns’ duo the best in the NFL. He put the Vikings’ Stefan Diggs and Adam Thielen at No. 2, the Chargers’ Keenan Allen and Mike Williams at No. 3, and the Raiders’ Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams at No. 5.