4:01 AM EDT, Mon July 23, 2018
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Random Ramsdom, 7/20

With less than a week to training camp in Irvine, some odds and ends from Rams Nation Rams poised to have elite defensive line | Rams Official Site It’s no secret that the Rams will, on paper, have one of the top DL units this coming season. Here’s a quick breakdown. USA Today predicts Rams will secure #1 seed | RamsWire The pundits over at USA Today have our beloved billy goats going 12-4 and securing the #1 seed in the NFC. The rest of the news: not so good. To add insult to injury, they’ve got the Chargers representing LA in the Super Bowl. More on John Franklin-Meyers | Rams...

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Roster Preview: RB Malcolm Brown

Brown enters the 2018 season after being the main backup to Todd Gurley in 2017. Will rookie John Kelly challenge his spot on the depth chart? Warning: At some point during this preview, a doomsday scenario will be entertained in which Malcolm Brown would be named a starter. This would come as a result of an injury to a player I will not name out of fear. But for clarity, this unnamed player is the reigning Offensive Player of the Year, likes jumping over grown-ass men, and has one surgically reconstructed knee. Reader discretion is advised. In Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff’s second...

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Roster Preview: TE Temarrick Hemingway

After losing his sophomore season to injury, can Hemingway thrive in McVay’s offense? Los Angeles Rams TE Temarrick Hemingway was looking forward to a break out sophomore season under new Head Coach Sean McVay, but life had other plans. Hemingway suffered a broken fibula in the loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in the third preseason game, ending his 2017 season. Now healthy, will he be able to climb the depth chart to a number two spot, or will he further solidify his number three spot? Roster Battle At this point, I don’t think much has changed since last year at this time for...

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Roster Preview: LB Ejuan Price

The linebacker position has seen tremendous turnover. Can Price take advantage? Robert Quinn, Alec Ogletree, Mark Barron, Connor Barwin. What a difference a year makes. Heading into 2017, the Los Angeles Rams linebacking group was seen as a relative strength. Now in 2018, every one of their starting foursome from 2017 is gone except for Barron and his injury history might open up starting snaps sooner rather than later. There’s a big opening available at the second level with quite a few young ‘backers waiting in the wings. That means a big opportunity for LB Ejuan Price. Roster...

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Back End Supremacy

The Ringer explores which secondary unit will reign supreme in the Legion Of Boom’s absence. Kam Chancellor won’t be back, The Shermantator is in Santa Clara, and Earl Thomas’ future in Seattle is in limbo; the time has come to apply a toe tag to the once dominate Legion Of Boom. While best wishes go out to Chancellor who suffered a neck injury last November, the Boom will not be missed by NFC West fans, or Rams fans in particular. The Ringer’s Danny Kelly recently explored which current NFL secondaries are the most worthy of being recognized as the league’s premier unit; a...

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Roster Preview: OLB Trevon Young

The Rams see plenty of upside in their 6th round pick who will join a stable of newcomers at the LB positions. Looking to add depth and competition at the edge positions, the Los Angeles Rams opted to spend one of their four 6th round picks of the 2018 NFL Draft on Louisville’s Trevon Young. Young has wonderful length but is still trying to regain his previous agility after suffering a hip injury against Texas A&M in the 2015 Music City Bowl. Thankfully, he improved in the second half of 2017 and displayed a disciplined approach of bracketing run plays away from his side. Young has a...

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Roster Preview: CB Dominique Hatfield

Can Hatfield hold his roster spot at the most top-heavy position on the team? Aqib Talib. Marcus Peters. Sam Shields. Nickell Robey-Coleman. Troy Hill. The quality at the cornerback position for the 2018 Los Angeles Rams doesn’t make things easy for the depth. CB Dominique Hatfield is trying to find out what that means for likely one roster spot behind those five, maybe two depending on injuries. That’s...not a lot of space. Roster Battle The top four or five spots are likely already have favorites in the coaches eyes. Talib, Peters and Robey-Coleman aren’t going anywhere this year...

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Roster Preview: K Sam Ficken

Perhaps the most interesting backup kicker role in the NFL will come to the fore later this month. When Los Angeles Rams K Greg Zuerlein went for surgery on a herniated disc in his back last year, the Rams were in a uniquely tough spot. It was late December. They had two games left in the regular season. The playoffs loomed. The team had to find a replacement for a kicker on pace to break the single season scoring record. With little time and slim pickings late in the season, they turned to undrafted, untested and unemployed K Sam Ficken. It was never going to be fair. In college, Sam...

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Roster Preview: QB Brandon Allen

Can Allen offer enough to climb up the ranks as the backup to Jared Goff? Los Angeles Rams QB Brandon Allen was originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent that season as the third string quarterback behind QB Blake Bortles and QB Chad Henne, but he was waived in the roster cuts heading into 2017 and the the Rams grabbed him the following day. Allen would once again spend the season as the QB3 this time behind QB Jared Goff and QB Sean Mannion. He didn’t take a regular season snap having been placed on injured reserve with a back injury...