2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Rams plan to emphasize running game

    2013-10-04 02:31

(Eds: With AP Photos.)
By WARREN MAYES
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rams coach Jeff Fisher knows the importance of the ground game and aims to get St. Louis' rushing attack in gear.

Playing Jacksonville on Sunday presents the perfect opportunity.

While St. Louis (1-3) has rushed for just 189 yards this season, averaging a league-worst 47.3 yards per game, the Jaguars (0-4) have the worst run defense in the NFL, giving up 165 yards per game, nearly 23 yards more than the next worst team, the Washington Redskins.

``We need to improve if we're going to have a chance to win it,'' Fisher said after practice Thursday at Rams Park.

Fisher has not said who will start, saying most of the backs that are active will ``probably'' play. Playing time may depend on what package the Rams are in on the field.

Daryl Richardson, who backed up Steven Jackson last season, leads the team with 114 rushing yards. The starter this year, he's averaging just 2.7 yards per carry.

Earlier this week, Richardson indicated on his Twitter account that he will not be in the starting lineup Sunday.

Richardson's tweet caught Fisher off guard.

``I was surprised about that,'' Fisher said. ``I don't think he meant it. He's coming off some injuries and he just needs to be more thoughtful about his responses.''

Second-year pro Isaiah Pead has 21 yards on seven carries. Pead was inactive last weekend.

Rookie Benny Cunningham has gained 22 yards on 10 carries. Fellow rookie Zac Stacy has one carry for 4 yards.

Stacy remains in the dark about who will start Sunday, but he would like the chance.

``It would mean a lot. Obviously, it's a reflection on what the coaches think,'' Stacy said. ``Regardless of what happens, I will be prepared and be ready to take advantage of the opportunity.''

In the last two losses, to Dallas and San Francisco, the Rams gained 53 yards on 31 carries. That's an average of 1.7 yards a carry.

In those two games, St. Louis converted only 13 percent of its third downs, going four of 30. The Rams were outscored 66-18.

Quarterback Sam Bradford said the right prescription for the Rams is to keep rushing the ball. He believes with more rushing attempts, the linemen and the backs will be more comfortable running the ball.

But the backs have to be productive. St. Louis ran 19 times for 18 yards against the 49ers.

``We've got to avoid negative runs because when we rush the ball for negative yards and put ourselves in second-and-long, it's really hard to keep coming back to those runs,'' Bradford said. ``So, I think the biggest thing is starting fast, starting with positive runs and just keep pounding it.''

Left tackle Jake Long, a four-time Pro Bowl player, is glad to see the running game will be emphasized. Linemen, he said, like run blocking because they can be aggressive.

``As an offense, you take pride in the running game,'' Long said. ``It makes life a lot easier. We definitely need to get that going. We've been working hard to get back to fundamentals and knocking guys off the ball and open up holes. We'll get it going.

``I enjoy run blocking. Any time you get a chance to impose your will on someone and knock a guy off the ball and open up a hole and our guy gets a big run, it's great.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Tom BradyJul 27 02:02p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension still has not been announced, and the NFL is now open to talking with the NFL Players Association [ More ]

Doug MartinJul 27 12:02p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin could be in line for a big, bounce-back year, in the opinion of beat writer Roy Cummings.

Casey MatthewsJul 27 09:12a

Minnesota Vikings LB Casey Matthews (hip) was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve due to a hip injury Sunday, July 26.

Casey MatthewsJul 26 02:52p

Minnesota Vikings LB Casey Matthews (hip) has been placed on injured reserve due to a hip injury that occurred during the team's offseason program.

Blair WalshJul 26 02:32p

Minnesota Vikings PK Blair Walsh signed a four-year contract extension Sunday, July 26, worth $14 million. The deal includes $5.25 million in guaranteed money.

Gosder CherilusJul 26 12:32p

Indianapolis Colts OT Gosder Cherilus was released Sunday, July 26.

Percy HarvinJul 25 09:22p

Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin required detailed instruction on how to run routes during OTAs, and Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News believes Harvin will open the year as [ More ]

DeAngelo WilliamsJul 25 08:12p

Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams is not receiving any first-team reps despite RB Le'Veon Bell facing a three-game suspension, head coach Mike Tomlin said. Tomlin also said he is [ More ]

Jermaine GreshamJul 24 07:22p

Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (Bengals) agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals Friday, July 24, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Isaiah CrowellJul 24 07:02p

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will play a prominent role in Cleveland's offense in his rookie year, but RB Isaiah Crowell is still the favorite to start. Johnson is [ More ]

Benjamin WatsonJul 24 06:22p

New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson is slated to start at tight end over TE Josh Hill, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

Josh FreemanJul 24 04:52p

Miami Dolphins QB Josh Freeman was released Friday, July 24.

Nate WashingtonJul 24 03:52p

Houston Texans WR Nate Washington is projected to be the No. 2 wide receiver behind WR DeAndre Hopkins and ahead of WR Cecil Shorts, according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com.

Kelvin BenjaminJul 24 02:32p

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin said he is currently at his playing weight a week before training camp begins. Benjamin said he has changed his conditioning and diet in order to stay in shape.

Junior GaletteJul 24 02:32p

New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette was released Friday, July 24, according to a source.

Jabari PriceJul 24 02:22p

Minnesota Vikings CB Jabari Price was suspended two games for violating the personal conduct policy.

Derek WolfeJul 24 01:52p

Denver Broncos DE Derek Wolfe was suspended four games by the NFL for testing positive for a performance enhancing drug. Wolfe said he took a medication he didn't know was banned.

Sean SmithJul 24 10:02a

Kansas City Chiefs CB Sean Smith was suspended three games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Michael HillJul 23 05:42p

Washington Redskins RB Michael Hill was waived Thursday, July 23.

Earl ThomasJul 23 12:32p

Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) isn't expected to be cleared for training camp, and his status is questionable for Week 1.

Letroy GuionJul 23 12:02p

Green Bay Packers DT Letroy Guion has been suspended three games Thursday, July 23, for his Feb. 3 arrest. Guion plans to appeal.

Tom BradyJul 23 11:32a

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was the subject of a settlement offer from the NFL Players Association to the league last week, but the offer was met with [ More ]

Mike TomlinJul 23 10:22a

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin agreed to an extension Thursday, July 23, through the 2018 season.

Jadeveon ClowneyJul 22 05:12p

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) looks spectacular, according to a team doctor. Clowney is seven months removed from microfracture surgery on his knee. It was previously reported that [ More ]

Marqise LeeJul 22 04:42p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (knee) is expected to be ready for training camp, according to wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan. Sullivan added that Lee will be managed in order to preserve his health.

Sam BradfordJul 22 03:32p

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to be ready to participate once training camp begins. Bradford has been rehabilitating his knee after suffering a second anterior cruciate [ More ]

Tyler EifertJul 22 03:22p

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert could be primed for a breakout season, in the opinion of Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

L. TaliaferroJul 22 01:22p

Baltimore Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro is expected to be pushed by RB Javorius Allen for the No. 2 running back job, but he likely will enter training camp as [ More ]

Jermaine GreshamJul 22 12:32p

Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (back) met with the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday, July 21, but the two sides have not agreed to a deal at this point. Gresham underwent back [ More ]

Odell Beckham Jr.Jul 22 12:12p

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) said his hamstring is feeling a lot better than it did earlier this offseason. Beckham missed some of the offseason workouts because of a hamstring problem.

Bishop SankeyJul 22 08:32a

Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey is the odds-on favorite to start in Week 1 because he has a year of experience and a full offseason under his belt.

Justin HunterJul 22 02:02a

Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter is expected to take part in training camp when it opens, as the team will let the legal process play out, according to a [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group