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Graham Ruling Gives No Clarity on NFL’s Hybrid Players

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Athletic, pass-catching tight ends across the NFL have been dealt a severe (financial) blow. On Wednesday afternoon, arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled against New Orleans standout Jimmy Graham and with the Saints. The Pro Bowl tight end had campaigned to be considered a wide receiver for franchise-tag purposes, but Burbank’s research into the matter – and ultimate conclusion – quickly cut ...

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NFC West’s Top 15 Impact Players for 2014

James Laurinaitis Featured

Is the toughest division in the NFL also the most talent-laden? It’s a question that must be posed in light of last year’s four-horse race, which could become even tighter this fall. But while all of us are aware of the overall strength of the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams, let’s take a closer ...

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From Football to Fútbol: My Love for Soccer

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With the field almost set for the knockout round of the 2014 World Cup, I know what you’re saying: “Softli, you’re a football guy – not a fútbol guy.” OK, I’m no expert when it comes to the pitch. I have, however, played and experienced the beautiful game as a spectator at a high level. I was actually introduced to ...

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Rams’ Three Phases Leading Into Season

Jeff Fisher Featured

It’s been a busy offseason for the St. Louis Rams. Free agency, which included the additions of key components like backup quarterback Shaun Hill and two-time Pro Bowler Davin Joseph, soon gave way to the draft, where the club turned out to be the toast of Radio City Music Hall. In addition to picking stellar first-rounders Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald, ...

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Special Teams Critical to Rams’ Success

Tavon Austin Featured

It’s that time of year again, when most NFL fans focus on offense, defense and even the upcoming schedule. The third and frequently forgotten phase of the game, however, is arguably its most important: special teams. Countless games come down to blocking, kicking and coverage. In fact, special teams will account for roughly 35 percent of a squad’s scoring output ...

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Bradford Ramps Up Workouts

Sam Bradford Featured

Sam Bradford quickly understood the hard road he faced after tearing his left ACL in the fourth quarter of the Rams’ game vs. the Carolina Panthers last October. Prior to his surgery, the Oklahoma City native worked diligently for nearly a month to strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee (quadriceps, hamstring and calf) and hip. The main reason for the ...

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Rams Raise Intensity in OTA

Rams OTA Featured

With the excitement over May’s NFL draft having subsided, Thursday’s practice in Earth City came at just the right time. In the Rams’ second official OTA session, players hit the field for some “Groundhog Day”-style action in which implementation, positional groupings on the field, drill work (one-on-ones) looked almost identical to the setup one year ago. Team periods, 11-on-11 sets and special teams ...

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Instant Scouting Report: Davin Joseph

Tony Softli_

The St. Louis Rams have inked two-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Davin Joseph, 30, to a one-year contract. A former first-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2006, Joseph spent eight years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 6-foot-2, 314-pounder earned trips to Hawaii in 2008 and 2011, starting 99 of 100 games played for the franchise. After reported failed attempts to ...

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