Rams insider Myles Simmons answers your Twitter questions on Los Angeles’ offseason moves.
A lot has happened in the last couple weeks for your Los Angeles Rams, and understandably many of you have questions about the team. While I can’t get to all the ones you tweeted to me in this space, here’s a few answers for the week after the new league year.
I’d be curious to know more about
Sam Shieldsrole. Especially with the way Troy Hillfinished last season
— Pierson Kellogg (@heheBRODIEisMVP) March 22, 2018
Good question, Pierson. As of right now, it seems like Shields will provide depth at outside corner behind starters
At his best, Shields was a Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback who had a knack for making interceptions. He picked off 18 passes from when he entered the league in 2010 through 2015.
But then Shields suffered what was reportedly his fourth diagnosed concussion at the beginning of the 2016 season, which sidelined him for essentially the last two years.
General manager Les Snead said that the Rams have been interested in Shields for a while, and that the club wanted to be on the corner’s list of teams to visit once he was ready to re-enter the league. And for his part, Shields said he has no more headaches and arizona cardinals custom jersey is completely medically cleared.
Obviously aware of the moves Los Angeles has made, Shields said after signing that he’s willing to play any spot to get back on the field — including on special teams. But, as we saw last year, depth at outside corner is always important. So even if Shields and Hill — and
Well it’s seem as if the Secondary situation the Rams had last year has been taken care of so now it will be interesting to see who gets the Inside LB do you think it will come from within the organization or a draft?
— Steven Pinkus (@steven_pinkus) March 21, 2018
This was going to be the lead question, but as I was writing the piece the Rams went and agreed to terms with free agent linebacker Ramik Wilson. So know that going in. Doesn’t necessarily change the answer, but it may have been a bit different.
I tend to think that the answer may be both. Alec Ogletree played a vital role within the Rams’ defense as its signal-caller, and that’s clearly the biggest void L.A. will have to fill. But Snead mentioned last week that at least internally,
Does that mean draft? Sure, it could. The Rams do have nine draft picks — four in the first four rounds. But L.A. could sign more ILBs on the open market. Clearly the club has already added Wilson as of Thursday afterno personalized Cardinals football jersey on — who carries the added benefit of professional experience.
But this is a position the Rams seem likely to continue to look at throughout the offseason.
Anyway to turn any of the sixth rounders we have in to something higher? Maybe get into the second round.
— Corey (@JacobsBlabber) March 21, 2018
So the Rams do currently have five sixth-round picks, but in terms of packaging them to get into the second round… that sort of feels unlikely.
I see it like this. If you look at the point value chart many general managers around the league use — I checked out this one from drafttek.com — then you see that the highest point value the Rams have in the 6th round is 20.6. That’s No. 176 overall.
The lowest pick in the second round — No. 64 overall, which belongs to the Browns — is valued at 270 points. I’m not great at math, but even if you don’t account for the fact that the rest of the sixth-round picks will continue to Men’s Nike Customized Arizona Cardinals Elite Alternate Black Jersey Sale lose value, multiplying 20.6 by five only gets you to just over 100 points.
If the Rams are going to get a pick or two in the second round, I think it’s probably more likely that the club trades down from No. 23 than trades up.
In keeping Ficken, are we concerned about Greg The L custom cardinals jersey eg’s return?
— vicki jimenez (@ramsgal67) March 22, 2018
That doesn’t appear to be the case. Snead was asked about three players who suffered injuries in 2017 last week — kicker
So as least for now, seems like things are looking up for the Rams’ All-Pro kicker. Yes, the Rams kept Ficken, but that appears to just be for insurance/a potential camp leg.
Is there any news on
Connor Barwinat all? From what I understand, he’s a free agent. Are we trying to retain him or not?
— Joe Shakich (@96_Shako) March 22, 2018
There’s nothing really concrete to report when it comes to Barwin, but Snead indicated last week that the Rams are interested in bringing him back for 2018.
The GM was asked about center
A couple days later, the Rams had come to terms with Sullivan on a new two-year deal.
What does this have to do with Barwin? Well, Snead was asked about Barwin as a follow-up question and replied, “We’re talking with them right now as well.”
So, Snead essentially said the same thing about a pair of veteran players. Because one got signed, that could mean the other is next. But as of this writing, there’s no concrete news to report.
#RamsMailbag question from Sweden! – Who will replace Cody Davis? – He played a bunch of snaps and all special teams. /Dennis
— Dennis Duolee (@DennisDuolee) March 21, 2018
This is a very good question, but at this point it doesn’t quite have an answer. Davis was a key special teams contributor on the Rams since 2013, using his speed as a weapon to bring down returners. In 2017, Davis saw a bit of an expanded role on defense, but landed on injured reserve in Week 8 after suffering a quad injury. He was activated for Week 17 and the postseason, where Davis was able to contribute once again.
Certainly wish him well as he makes his way to Jacksonville for the 2018 season. But as for who will replace him, that’s probably not going to be truly determined until training camp. The Rams do have players like
Really appreciate the question all the way from Sweeden, though!
Myles is there going to be a give the secondary a nickname contest?
— Jim Miller (@millerj5802) March 22, 2018
For the secondary including the nickel back, “LA’s Fearsome Five Secondary.” Pays homage to the Fearsome Foursome. For the whole defense, LA’s Battering Ram Defense.”
— Jim Miller (@millerj5802) March 22, 2018
I’ve seen a bunch of potential nicknames for the Rams’ secondary, and I think Jim has a good idea — let’s have a contest. I don’t know what the prize will be, and I’m not sure how we’ll determine a winner. But if you’ve got a suggestion, go ahead and tweet it to me @MylesASimmons. We’ll figure it out.