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Young fan is overcome with joy to see Todd Gurley play [Video]

Todd Gurley has a huge young fan. In a video posted to social media, Kathryn Langley shared the moment she surprised her 7-year-old son Griff with tickets to the Rams and Jaguars game in Jacksonville, Fla. “What would you think if we watched Todd Gurley go play football today?” mom asked. “But...

  • Rams searching for new punt returner after Tavon Austin admittedly has melted down

    Rams searching for new punt returner after Tavon Austin admittedly has melted down

    During his first three seasons with the Rams, Tavon Austin proved a dynamic punt returner. The 5-foot-8 speedster, the eighth pick in the 2013 draft, scored three touchdowns on returns. But after Austin struggled to break free in 2016, his problems mounted this season. He has muffed multiple kicks,...

  • Rams waive safety Maurice Alexander; add Mike Thomas to roster

    Rams waive safety Maurice Alexander; add Mike Thomas to roster

    A day after he was designated as a healthy inactive against the Seattle Seahawks, the Rams on Monday waived safety Maurice Alexander and added wide receiver Mike Thomas to the roster. Alexander, 26, had started the first four games. He was replaced by rookie John Johnson, who intercepted a pass...

  • What we learned in the Rams' 16-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks

    What we learned in the Rams' 16-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks

    What we learned in the Rams’ 16-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks: Jared Goff remains a work in progress The second-year pro showed moxie and poise in leading the Rams on a potential game-winning drive in the final minute. But heroics probably would not have been required if Goff had made better...

  • Sammy Watkins confused with role in Rams offense

    Sammy Watkins confused with role in Rams offense

    The Rams’ acquisition of receiver Sammy Watkins in August sent shockwaves through the NFL as the Rams traded for a player expected to ignite the offense. On Monday, the day after his team lost to the Seattle Seahawks, coach Sean McVay spent part of the day counseling Watkins about his lack of targets...

  • Rams' high-powered offense sputters in second half vs. Seahawks

    Rams' high-powered offense sputters in second half vs. Seahawks

    Keep the throwback uniforms, Rams. Lose the throwback offense. As their offense sputtered and wheezed in the second half against Seattle on Sunday, it was as if the Rams were using last year’s playbook. They looked uninspired and predictable, nothing like the team that tore through the first month...

  • Rookie safety John Johnson III makes a splash in first start with Rams

    Rookie safety John Johnson III makes a splash in first start with Rams

    Rams rookie safety John Johnson III made his first start, grabbed his first interception and nearly scored his first touchdown in a 16-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. If only he hadn’t run out of gas 19 yards short of the goal line at the Coliseum. Johnson stepped in front of tight end...

  • Rams' run defense makes strides, but it's not enough against Seahawks

    Rams' run defense makes strides, but it's not enough against Seahawks

    Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips can rest assured that he won’t have to answer the same question at his weekly news conference. “Why can’t the Rams stop the run?” For the first time in three games, the Rams stopped the run and slowed Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. But it wasn’t...

  • Seahawks coach Pete Carroll sees a big difference in Rams quarterback Jared Goff

    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll sees a big difference in Rams quarterback Jared Goff

    The difference is obvious to Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Last season, the Seahawks harassed Rams rookie Jared Goff during a Thursday night game at CenturyLink Field, a game that featured cornerback Richard Sherman’s plowing into the quarterback with a sideline hit. On Sunday, a much more...

  • Greg Zuerlein piles up points and helps Rams get some kicks

    Greg Zuerlein piles up points and helps Rams get some kicks

    A few Rams veterans get a break from practice each Wednesday so they can utilize extra time to recover from the previous game. Greg Zuerlein is not one of them. But the sixth-year pro probably earned the right to a rest after carrying the Rams with his powerful right leg in Sunday’s victory over...

  • Rams rookie Cooper Kupp steps up in victory over Dallas Cowboys

    Rams rookie Cooper Kupp steps up in victory over Dallas Cowboys

    Rams rookie receiver Cooper Kupp reemerged as a top target for quarterback Jared Goff in a 35-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. The win was especially sweet for Kupp, who said he grew up partial to the Cowboys after his dad played one season for the organization in 1991. “It was incredible,”...

  • Rams Coach Sean McVay wants to see more PATs than FGs

    Rams Coach Sean McVay wants to see more PATs than FGs

    The Rams split two games against the Seattle Seahawks last season, winning a close one at the Coliseum and losing in a rout at CenturyLink Field. The common thread: The Rams did not score a touchdown in either game. They defeated the Seahawks 9-3 with three field goals by Greg Zuerlein, who also...

  • Rams rookie Tanzel Smart made first start in victory over Dallas Cowboys

    Rams rookie Tanzel Smart made first start in victory over Dallas Cowboys

    Rams rookie defensive tackle Tanzel Smart made his first start Sunday in a 35-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Smart played alongside tackles Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald. “It’s crazy being in an environment like that and making your first NFL start,” Tanzel said after the...

  • Rams face a difficult stretch in their schedule

    Rams face a difficult stretch in their schedule

    With the exception of their loss to the Washington Redskins, the first quarter of the season could not have turned out better for the Rams. They are 3-1, the highest-scoring team in the NFL, and in first place in the NFC West. Now comes the tough part. The Rams must prove they can sustain their...

  • What we learned in the Rams' 35-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys

    What we learned in the Rams' 35-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys

    What we learned in the Rams’ 35-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys: Kicker Greg Zuerlein is consistent Zuerlein kicked a team-record seven field goals and converted two extra points. His 23 points were the second-highest single-game total in franchise history. (Several players have scored 24 points...

  • Kicker Greg Zuerlein is 'Mr. Automatic' for Rams after record performance in win over Cowboys

    Kicker Greg Zuerlein is 'Mr. Automatic' for Rams after record performance in win over Cowboys

    “Mr. Automatic!” Rams coach Sean McVay proclaimed in a joyous postgame locker room. “Greg the Leg!” defensive lineman Robert Quinn said. Those were apt descriptions for kicker Greg Zuerlein, who made a team-record seven field goals Sunday to lift the Rams to a 35-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys...

  • Rams defense comes through after shaky first half vs. Cowboys

    Rams defense comes through after shaky first half vs. Cowboys

    Wade Phillips stood on the sideline at AT&T Stadium, his play card in his left hand, his right hand on his hip. The Rams defensive coordinator watched as quarterback Dak Prescott lined up the Dallas Cowboys inside Rams’ territory, facing fourth and 10 with 36 seconds left. Prescott completed a...

  • Jared Goff unflappable in win over Cowboys

    Jared Goff unflappable in win over Cowboys

    Jared Goff, showered and smiling, slowly bent down and pulled on his left sneaker. He slowly stood back up and gingerly wriggled into his right. “I feel,” he said, “like a 55-year-old man.” The Rams quarterback wasn’t creaking around in Sunday’s 35-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, but he was...

  • Rams prove they're the real deal by beating Cowboys

    Rams prove they're the real deal by beating Cowboys

    It looks different, sounds different and, more than anything else, it feels different. That was evident from the whooping, hollering and joking in the locker room on Sunday after the Rams defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 35-30, before a crowd of 91,869 at AT&T Stadium. Greg Zuerlein kicked a team-record...

  • Rams should find out if they are for real against Cowboys

    Rams should find out if they are for real against Cowboys

    They are scoring points at an unexpected league-leading rate. A young quarterback is blossoming behind a rebuilt offensive line, a running back is regaining his star rookie form, and several new pass-catching threats have helped offset the performance of an underperforming defense. The Rams are...

  • Rams receivers Watkins, Austin clear concussion protocol, will play against Cowboys on Sunday

    Rams receivers Watkins, Austin clear concussion protocol, will play against Cowboys on Sunday

    Sammy Watkins enjoyed a breakout game. Tavon Austin is hungry for the same opportunity. Both Rams receivers were cleared Friday from concussion protocol and will play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Watkins is coming off a six-catch, two-touchdown performance in the Rams’ 41-39...

  • Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips doesn't want to get back at the Cowboys, but he wants to beat them

    Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips doesn't want to get back at the Cowboys, but he wants to beat them

    Coaching in the NFL for 40 seasons taught Wade Phillips a few lessons. One of them: Don’t hold grudges against teams that fired you. Phillips was a head coach or assistant for nine NFL teams before he joined the Rams’ staff. “Half the teams in the league, it didn’t end well for me,” the Rams’ defensive...

  • Jared Goff doesn't want leaving the pocket to become a habit

    Jared Goff doesn't want leaving the pocket to become a habit

    It’s time to step up. No indiscriminate running backward, to the right or to the left. Rams quarterback Jared Goff said Wednesday that one of his goals going into Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys was to stay in the pocket longer. Goff said he was “flushed” from the pocket a little too quickly...

  • Rams starting receivers come up big in victory

    The Rams spent a considerable amount of cash and made a gutsy trade before the season to upgrade their receiving corps. The transactions paid dividends Thursday night in a 41-39 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, as Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins each finished with more than 100 yards receiving...

  • 2015 flashback: Rams' Todd Gurley tops 100 yards

    It took 19 games as a Los Angeles Ram, but Todd Gurley finally rushed for more than 100 yards. “I gave everybody what they’ve been waiting for,” Gurley said, smiling, after the Rams defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 41-39, Thursday night at Levi’s Stadium. Gurley carried the ball 28 times, scoring...

  • Rams show what’s on tap for 2017: excitement and a lot of exhaustion

    They tried to give it away, but couldn’t. They did everything humanly possible to blow it, except blow it. On a nutty night at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday, these new Rams backed up the precipice of 2016, stared over their shoulders into its flaming abyss, and … survived? Yeah, survived, won, barely,...

  • Jared Goff, Todd Gurley lead Rams to a wild 41-39 victory over the 49ers

    One postgame interview had just ended, another was about to begin. So when Rams coach Sean McVay saw quarterback Jared Goff waiting in the doorway, he apparently could not resist. “All right, brother,” McVay said as he tightly embraced Goff. Then they both exhaled sighs of relief. The Rams had...

  • How the Rams match up with the 49ers for Thursday's game

    A look at how the Rams match up with the San Francisco 49ers. Rams (1-1) at San Francisco (0-2) Thursday, 5:25 p.m. PDT. TV: NFL Network When Rams have the ball Quarterback Jared Goff needs to bounce back from last week’s 27-20 loss against the Washington Redskins, which included an intercepted...

  • Aaron Donald is back on the field for the Rams but has things to tackle

    Aaron Donald read the play, burst into the backfield and nearly grabbed the ball out of midair. But the Rams defensive lineman just missed. Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson took the pitch from quarterback Kirk Cousins and turned the corner for a first-quarter touchdown, helping to...

  • Rams' Gurley delights fans with leaping ability

    Todd Gurley, full-time running back, part-time hurdler. Gurley put on a show Sunday, as he caught a short pass, sprinted up the sideline and leaped over a defender on his way to an 18-yard touchdown. The hurdles — he also jumped over a defender after a short catch early in the game — brought cheers...

  • Rams have their problems, but they're at least showing promise

    The Rams had a spark, they moved the ball, they located the end zone … and they wound up losing to Washington 27-20. A year earlier, in making their Los Angeles debut with a 9-6 victory over Seattle, the wrong-way Rams were as flat as a Johnny Unitas haircut. Sunday’s was a hopeful loss. Last year’s...

  • Rams coach Sean McVay sees life pass before his eyes in loss to Redskins

    Standing on the Coliseum sideline, Rams coach Sean McVay could see the past, the present and the future pass before his eyes. Kirk Cousins, the quarterback McVay helped develop as the Washington Redskins’ offensive coordinator, masterfully moved his team down the field and passed for a go-ahead...

  • Rams coach Sean McVay downplays the significance of playing his old team

    A few hours before Sunday’s kickoff, when their teams come onto the field to warm up, good friends Sean McVay and Jay Gruden will meet somewhere on the Coliseum turf. McVay, the first-year coach of the Rams, worked the previous three seasons as offensive coordinator on Gruden’s Washington Redskins...

  • Rams make moves that may foreshadow deal for Aaron Donald

    The Rams have yet to sign Aaron Donald to a contract extension that would make him the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. But while Donald attended meetings and worked out with teammates Monday, the Rams made several financial moves that appear to be laying the groundwork for a possible deal...

  • Rams punter Johnny Hekker signs two-year contract extension

    Rams punter Johnny Hekker, arguably the team’s most valuable player last season, has signed a two-year contract extension, the Rams announced. Hekker, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, is now signed through the 2022 season The two-year extension includes $10 million in guarantees, according to several...

  • What we learned in the Rams' 46-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts

    What we learned in the Rams’ 46-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts: Jared Goff can make good decisions The Rams’ second-year quarterback completed 21 of 29 passes for 306 yards and a touchdown, without an interception. It was a far different look from the one Goff gave in his final preseason...

  • Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks receives contract extension

    The Rams signed a defensive lineman to a contract extension — and it wasn’t Aaron Donald. Ethan Westbrooks, who started on Sunday in the Rams’ 46-9 season-opening victory over the Indianapolis Colts, received a deal that will keep him with the Rams through 2018, the team announced Monday. Westbrooks,...

  • Cooper Kupp and Rams receivers make few rookie mistakes in season-opening win over Colts

    Rams receiver Cooper Kupp caught his first touchdown pass and followed it with a rookie mistake: He tossed the ball to the referee. After Sunday’s season-opening 46-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at the Coliseum, Kupp hoped the ball would be identified and returned to him. “That was probably...

  • Rams turn the Coliseum into a fun house

    These Rams are fun! Four words not written once during last year’s homecoming season could be printed today on a banner as wide as Sean McVay’s smile. Put it in bold like a Lamarcus Joyner leap. Add the exclamation point of a Cooper Kupp lunge. Roll it out with the precision of a Jared Goff bullet....

  • Rams start the Sean McVay era with a bang in 46-9 rout of Colts to open season

    As he walked out of the Coliseum tunnel to the field on Sunday, a buttoned-up Sean McVay stopped and greeted his father. He hugged his mother. He accepted well wishes from other family members and friends. The 31-year-old McVay smiled but his expression belied a steely focus: He was about to make...

  • Rams defense not only dominates vs. Colts, it scores

    The Rams’ secondary set the tone in training camp, disrupting the offense and providing energy and entertainment. The effort carried over in Sunday’s 46-9 rout of the Indianapolis Colts in the season opener at the Coliseum. Cornerback Trumaine Johnson and safety Lamarcus Joyner returned interceptions...

  • Aaron Donald ends holdout and reports to Rams on eve of opener, though without a new contract

    A restful night’s sleep on the eve of his first game as an NFL coach is not part of Sean McVay’s game plan. “I’ll probably just wake up every hour, tossing and turning, excited about the game,” McVay said. McVay no doubt rested a bit easier Saturday after star defensive lineman Aaron Donald ended...

  • Fifteen hot topics with Rams receiver Robert Woods

    Receiver Robert Woods has returned to Los Angeles. The former Gardena Serra High standout and USC All-American signed a five-year, $34-million free-agent contract with the Rams in the off-season after he played four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. Woods will start in the opener against the Indianapolis...

  • Rams' Jared Goff and Aaron Donald remain focus for Colts ahead of season opener

    Two Rams players are receiving plenty of attention for possible roles in the game plan for Sunday’s season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. One of them, quarterback Jared Goff, is actually on the roster and set to play. Defensive lineman Aaron Donald remained a no-show Wednesday because of...

  • Rams linebacker Mark Barron ready for opener after sitting out preseason games

    No preseason reps, no problem. The Rams kept linebacker Mark Barron sidelined for the entire off-season and all four preseason games so that his shoulder would be sound for Sunday’s opener against the Indianapolis Colts and beyond. “I’ve got to make it work,” Barron said this week. “Of course you...

  • Rams tight end Johnny Mundt overcomes broken ankle, is signed to practice squad

    Johnny Mundt suffered a broken ankle on the first day of Rams rookie minicamp, a setback that did not prevent the undrafted tight end from impressing coach Sean McVay. Mundt initially survived massive cuts last week to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. When tight end Derek Carrier, acquired in...

  • Aaron Donald's absence hasn't been all bad for some Rams

    The continued absence of Rams star defensive lineman Aaron Donald is affecting several teammates. Fellow linemen Ethan Westbrooks and rookie Tanzel Smart don’t necessarily view it in a negative way. Westbrooks, a fourth-year pro, and Smart, a sixth-round draft pick, stand to benefit in terms of...

  • Rams receiver Sammy Watkins has little time to sleep with playbook on his mind

    Rams receiver Sammy Watkins plans to catch up on sleep, but not anytime soon. “I can sleep when I die,” Watkins said, chuckling, after practice Monday. Since the Rams acquired Watkins in a trade with the Buffalo Bills during the second week of training camp, Watkins said he has stayed awake until...

  • Holdout Aaron Donald is still absent as Rams begin preparing for opener against Colts

    Game week officially arrived for the Rams on Monday — but star defensive lineman Aaron Donald did not. As the Rams began preparations for Sunday’s season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, Donald continued his holdout because of a contract dispute. The Rams, off Tuesday, will resume practicing...

  • Rams tweak roster and wait for holdout Aaron Donald

    The Rams on Monday begin preparations for their season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Finalizing the players that will actually be on the Rams roster, however, remains a work in progress. A day after NFL rosters were trimmed from 90 to 53 players, the Rams on Sunday continued to tweak,...

  • The Rams' Wade Phillips is the Mr. Fixit of NFL defenses

    Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers sat on the team bus in Oakland feeling bored. So he looked across the aisle to Wade Phillips for entertainment. Phillips, the Rams’ 70-year-old defensive coordinator, fired up his Twitter and sent out a tweet that featured a looping video of two men swirling...

  • Todd Gurley looks to atone for Rams' failures and his role in it

    The play was designed to produce yardage, maybe a touchdown. It turned instead into a symbolic commentary about Todd Gurley. The Rams running back took the handoff, cut to his left and disappeared into a swarm of Oakland Raiders. One defender after another crashed into the rapidly growing pile,...

  • Jared Goff's development depends on those voices in his head

    Sean McVay developed Kirk Cousins into one of the NFL’s most productive passers. Matt LaFleur was 2016 league MVP Matt Ryan’s position coach. Greg Olson coached Drew Brees in college before working with numerous passers during 15 seasons as an NFL quarterbacks coach and coordinator. The coaching...

  • Rams coach Sean McVay is aware of all the doubters; they don't bother him

    It’s mostly been compliments for Sean McVay since the Rams made him the youngest coach in modern NFL history. Team executives rave about the 31-year-old’s football knowledge. Players and personnel throughout the organization laud his leadership, teaching skills and presence. McVay has also been...

  • Don't write off the 'Fight for L.A.'

    There seems to be a snickering misconception about “The Fight for L.A.” Folks, it really is a fight. Everyone seems to believe this mythical battle between two NFL teams for a city’s love is a race that already has been run. People, the thing starts now. The Rams will begin with the lead over the...

  • Rams release Corey Harkey and Dan Orlovosky, and Sean McVay stays in touch with Aaron Donald

    The courtship of Aaron Donald continues for Rams coach Sean McVay. While team executives deal with the agents of their star defensive lineman, McVay occasionally reaches out by phone to the three-time Pro Bowl player, who with one week to go before the season opener remains a holdout because of...

  • Rams have tough decisions to make as they work to trim roster to 53

    With roster cuts looming, the Rams had a good idea what their 53-man roster would look like even before they played their final preseason game at Green Bay. Some of the 37 players who could be waived by Saturday afternoon’s deadline seemed obvious. Six or seven would not be. “Definitely going to...

  • What we learned in the Rams' 24-10 defeat by the Green Bay Packers

    What we learned in the Rams’ 24-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers: Sean McVay is ready for the regular season to begin The Rams’ first-year coach did not make any obvious tactical errors throughout the preseason. McVay is the play-caller and appears willing to cede some control to veteran defensive...

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