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Saturday marked the final cut down - to 53-man rosters - for all 32 NFL teams. The Rams now have their deepest, most talented roster since the arrival of Jeff Fisher and Les Snead. Let the games begin!

Twitter Talk

Could the Rams add another QB?:

Michael Sam, after his release by the Rams:

It was close...but Robert Quinn made the final 53-man roster:

The Rams and Michael Sam are parting ways:

2014 NFL Preview: The Top-Heavy NFL West: FiveThirtyEight

Chase Stuart previews the NFC West. The Rams are projected to win 6-7 games this coming season.

Who is the best backup quarterback ever?: Football Perspective

Rams QB Shaun Hill ranks as the 15th best backup QB in NFL history, according to FP's statistical analysis.

Ranking NFL Teams By Age: Philly.com

In case you missed it in yesterday's article for Turf Show Times, the Rams - for the third consecutive year - rank as the youngest team in the NFL.

The 10 best defensive teams in the NFL: Sports Illustrated - Fansided

All four NFC West teams make the top-ten defensive ranking. The Rams are ranked No. 7 overall.

Rookie Highlight Reel: RB - Trey Watts

Rams Look Like Eight-Win Team As Opener Approaches: 101 ESPN

Can the Rams overcome the loss of QB Sam Bradford, and finish the season with a winning record?

NFL Roster Cuts Tracker: Down To 53: NFL.com

A complete list of the players who were released before the Saturday deadline, for reducing rosters to the 53-man limit.

The Rams and First Round Linemen: Football Perspective

The Rams won't set the record for most starting linemen who were former first round selections. But they're close to the record shared by the 1976 Los Angeles Rams.

Here's how Rams can have a winning season: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bernie Miklasz shares his thoughts on how the Rams can rise above the .500 mark this coming season.

Stat Facts Of The Week: Team Rushing Play Percentage

Rank


Team


2013


1

Seattle

52.71%

2

San Francisco

52.23%

3

Buffalo

48.92%

4

NY Jets

48.33%

5

Carolina

48.20%

6

Philadelphia

47.03%

7

San Diego

46.66%

8

Tennessee

44.77%

9

St Louis

44.01%

10

Oakland

43.66%

11

Green Bay

43.17%

12

Cincinnati

43.03%

13

Tampa Bay

42.81%

14

Kansas City

42.69%

15

New England

42.07%

16

Minnesota

41.76%

17

Washington

40.92%

18

Arizona

40.69%

19

Detroit

40.38%

20

Denver

40.32%

21

Chicago

39.88%

22

Indianapolis

38.94%

23

Baltimore

38.81%

24

NY Giants

38.56%

25

Pittsburgh

38.51%

26

Houston

38.02%

27

New Orleans

37.22%

28

Jacksonville

36.96%

29

Dallas

35.11%

30

Miami

34.80%

31

Cleveland

32.28%

32

Atlanta

31.35%

The Rams ranked 9'th in rushing play percentage for the 2013 season. With the loss of Sam Bradford - and the emphasis on the power-running game this season - expect the percentage of rushing plays to rise. Division rivals Seattle and San Francisco ranked 1-2 in rushing play percentage for the 2013 season.

Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford is still a legend: Sports On Earth

The Day The Rams' Season Imploded: Grantland

Bradford's Injury Is A Turning Point: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Emotional Injury Of Bradford's Torn ACL: 101 ESPN

Four different takes on Sam Bradford's injury, career, and future with the Rams.

The It Factor: Grantland

We've all heard the expression. It's an intangible, elusive trait found in the NFL.

"What on earth is an It Factor? Where did it come from? And does it actually tell us anything about an NFL player’s chances of succeeding?"

10 NFL Numbers To Remember: Sports On Earth

The most important numbers to remember for Rams fans: Robert Quinn is one of only 4 NFL players to notch a 19-sack season before their 24'th birthday.

Remembering Marshall Faulk

A 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Faulk remains one of the greatest players to ever don a Rams jersey. Faulk will always be remembered for his stellar seasons as part of the famed GSOT. The following video is a tribute, to one of the greatest running backs in NFL history.

Roster moves may not be done: ESPN NFL Nation

The Rams trimmed the roster to 53 on Saturday. The roster could change in the next few days:

"We got to 53 (players), as everybody else has," Fisher said Saturday. "I can’t say that we’re done. We’re no different than any other team in the league. We’re going to watch the wire and see if it’s at all possible for us to upgrade our football team over the next couple of days."

2014 NFL Preview: ESPN

ESPN previews all 32 NFL teams. Nick Wagoner projects a 6-10 record for the Rams this season.

Grading the Rams' 2014 draft picks after the preseason: Rant Sports NFL

I pretty much disagree with each of these grades. Practically all of them are too low.

Rams go with 2 QB's for now: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Rams are in no hurry to add a third QB to the team. As Jeff Fisher noted:

"We’re going to apply patience to this situation."

2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: CBS Sports

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard share their latest fantasy football rankings.

On This Day In Sports History

1937 - The 4th NFL Chicago All-Star Game is played. The All-Stars defeat Green Bay 6-0. Attendance: 84,560.

1996 - The Baltimore Ravens play their first NFL game, defeating the Oakland Raiders 17-14.

Rams taking talent to another level this season: 101 ESPN

Can the Rams compete for a playoff berth this coming season? They might just have the talent to pull it off.

Michael Sam has a spot in history, if not with the Rams: New York Times

"Will Sam’s journey continue in the N.F.L. or will teams breathe a sigh of relief; say, "Glad that’s over"; and move on?"

Doctors Optimistic Sam Bradford Two Months Away From Beginning Work On Broadcasting Career: The Onion

A tongue-in-cheek look at QB Sam Bradford's future career prospects. On a more serious note, I wish Sam all the best in his recovery.

10 Rams questions, revisited: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Rams reporter Jim Thomas revisits ten questions he posed six weeks ago, at the beginning of training camp.

Practice squad might not have room for Sam: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As of Sunday night, the Rams still have four openings on the practice squad that will be filled. With needs at LB, QB, the secondary, and the OLine, there likely isn't room on the practice squad for Michael Sam.

The NFL's Uneven History Of Punishing Domestic Violence: FiveThirtyEight

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell took a lot of heat for the 2-game suspension handed down to Ray Rice. Last Thursday, the NFL announced a new discipline policy:

"The baseline suspension is now six games, assuming Goodell doesn’t reduce it because of "mitigating factors." That means any domestic violence suspension going forward will double the previous record for any domestic violence punishment. The NFL will now take it more seriously when a player beats a woman than when he’s caught smoking a joint."

The Pressers

Jeff Fisher Press Conference - August 30: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Jeff Fisher Press Conference - August 29: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Michael Sam wasn't a distraction, and showed he could play in this league:

St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"

The Rams currently have $1,748,376 in available salary cap space, lowest in the league. I will be publishing a complete salary cap update within the next week.

St. Louis Rams' Current Roster And Depth Chart

C Scott Wells Tim Barnes
RG Rodger Saffold Davin Joseph
LG Greg Robinson Barrett Jones
RT Joe Barksdale
LT Jake Long Mike Person
TE Jared Cook Justice Cunningham Alex Bayer
TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey
WR Tavon Austin
WR Brian Quick Austin Pettis
WR Kenny Britt Chris Givens
RB Benny Cunningham Chase Reynolds Trey Watts
RB Zac Stacy Tre Mason
QB Shaun Hill Austin Davis
PK Greg Zuerlein
P John Hekker
LS Jake McQuaide
DT Kendall Langford Aaron Donald
DT Michael Brockers Alex Carrington
DE Chris Long Eugene Sims
DE Robert Quinn William Hayes Ethan Westbrooks
MLB James Laurinaitis
OLB Alec Ogletree Daren Bates
OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar Ray Ray Armstrong
CB Janoris Jenkins Brandon McGee
CB Trumaine Johnson Marcus Roberson
CB Lamarcus Joyner E.J. Gaines
S Rodney McLeod Maurice Alexander
S T.J. McDonald Cody Davis
Practice Squad Reserve/Suspended Injured Reserve
OT Sean Hooey WR Stedman Bailey TE Mason Brodine
OL Brandon Washington RB Isaiah Pead
DT Matt Conrath QB Sam Bradford
WR Justin Veltung OC Demetrius Rhaney
LB Kevin Reddick
SS Matt Daniels

The roster has been updated to include all transactions as of 11.00 pm, August 31. The Rams still have 4 practice squad positions to fill.

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Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!!

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