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L.A. was successful in finding a pair of starters in the third round of last year’s NFL Draft. With the club’s first pick coming at No. 87 overall this year, the goal is to find another key contributor.

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Sure, Los Angeles traded up to select quarterback Jared Goff at No. 1 overall in 2016. But that created a relatively drama-free first evening of the draft for the franchise. And since the Rams traded their 2017 first-round pick to the Titans for the right to select Goff, last year’s opening night was tranquil, too.

The script will large Women’s Personalized Stitched Any Name Any Number Baltimore Orioles Home White Jersey ly be the same on April 26, as the Rams traded their first-round pick to the Patriots as part of a deal to acquire wide receiver Brandin Cooks. But this year will at least start out quiet on Friday, too, as Los Angeles dealt  Men’s Custom Baltimore Orioles Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap its second-round pick to Buffalo last August to acquire wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

At this point, the Rams’ first 2018 draft pick doesn’t come until No. 87 overall — that’s the 23rd pick in the third round. Los Angeles does currently hold eight draft picks, with three in the fourth round, and four in the sixth. All the late-round picks prompted general manger Les Snead to joke with the media last week, “Yeah, we’re going to give up all our sixes for somebody’s first.”

But not having a pick until No. 87 does change the way the club approaches the draft. Realistically, it has to.

“I found it easy when we’re doing draft meetings now,” Snead said. “[L]et’s just say we’re [looking at] position A. You say, ‘Look, if these four or five players, if they fall guess what we’re picking them.’ They’re not falling to 87, so now we go, ‘Alright, let’s focus on the ones that are really realistic in that part of the draft, especially in the third and the three fourths.”

One factor that helps in drafting players in that range is the clarity the coaching staff and personnel staff have in what a fit looks like for the Rams on offense, defense, and special teams.

“We know what we’re looking for and then we just have to sit down,” Snead said. “Because I think when you’re specific with your fits in what you’re looking for, you can manage — especially those in that subset of picks — and try to find four contributors in that area.”

The Rams did go through a Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange  somewhat similar process last year and were successful with it. As Snead pointed out, L.A. drafted a pair of starters in wide receiver Cooper Kupp and safety John Johnson III. It won’t necessarily be easy, but the Rams would like to replicate that kind of success in 2018.

“I think we really have to scrutinize the players that are going to be in and around that third round pick and early fourth rounders and make sure we make the most out of them,” Snead said. “Hi Customized Baltimore Orioles Jersey Cheap storically, you can. Last year we got Cooper Kupp and John Johnson in the third round. You’d love to repeat that. Hard to do sometimes, but that will be the goal and you have to really take advantage of those slots and make it work.”

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WR Cooper Kupp — a third-round selection in 2017 — was one of the top value picks of the year.

With the 2018 NFL Draft on the h Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey For Sale orizon, the Rams will be looking to add young talent to defend the NFC West. For the second year in a row, Los Angeles does not hold a first round pick. But as evidenced by the 2017 Draft, first-round selections do not always provide the highest value in the league.

Last season, Rams general manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay drafted wide receiver Cooper Kupp in third round as the 69th overall pick.

The Eastern Washington product — considered a steal by many outside the building — was the second-most valuable rookie receiver of his class and the 12th-most Women’s Personalized Stitched Any Name Any Number Baltimore Orioles Home White Jersey  valuable rookie at any position, according to Pro Football Focus. Plus, Kupp’s 62 receptions for 869 yards and five  Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange touchdowns were more than all but one receiver drafted ahead of him.

The popular grading website used its wins above replacement metric (the number of wins a team gets from replacing an off-the-street player with the player of interest) to grade the top players drafted by the Rams since 2013.

Kupp was one of the club’s five players with the highest overall WAR, as one of just seven qua Custom Orioles Jersey lifying receivers to average more than 2.0 yards per route run. Other notable players drafted by the Rams with the highest W Customized Baltimore Orioles Jersey Cheap AR per season include defensive tackle Aaron Donald, safety John Johnson III, running back Todd Gurley, and safety Lamarcus Joyner.

Where Are They Atlanta Braves Custom Jersey Now?: Todd Lyght

We caught up with Todd Lyght to see where the former Rams cornerback is now.

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Todd Lyght played for the Rams from 1991 – 2000. The 5th overall pick of the 1991 Draft was quick to win Rams Rookie of the Year (1991) and went on to have success with the team as a 1999 Pro Bowl nomination and a crucial member of the Rams Super Bowl XXXIV Championship team – commonly known as the Greatest Show on Turf.

Q: What is your current occupation? What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

Lyght: “I am going into my fourth season as the Defensive Backs coach for the University of Notre Dame. When I’m not coaching, I love to play golf because I love the game, the outdoors and competing with my friends… Spending time on the golf course as much as possible. I was actually just out in Malibu with my wife and we just looked at each other and said, ‘Wow we have to move back out here.’ Coming back to Southern California is definitely in our future plans.”

Q: What was your favorite memory while playing with the Rams?

Lyght: “Obviously, winning the Super Bowl. We won the Super Bowl in my ninth season and up until that point we had gone through some really rough seasons and had gone through some coaches and a lot of player change over which had been difficult for myself, Isaac Bruce, Keith Lyle and D’Marco Farr. We were some of the veterans on the team that had come from L Personalized Braves Jersey Cheap .A. and went to St. Louis.”

Q: What was your pregame ritual back in the day?

Lyght: “I didn’t really have any pregame rituals. For me, it was always about the mental preparation. Just going through the playbook one last time and making sure I had all the checks down. Also, visualization – I was really big on visualizing myself being successful and visualizing myself making these different adjustments based on formation Atlanta Braves Custom Jersey  and calls and just going through what I was going to do on each play and execute at a high level. That was pretty much what my pregame ritual was all about, it was about fine tuning and fine detailing everything that I needed to execute on game day at a high level.”

Q: Who was your best on the road roommate?

Lyght: “Had to be Marshall Faulk for sure. Well, I guess we weren’t roommates but we always made it a point to go out to dinner somewhere nice and talk about the matchup, what we had to do to win, relax a little bit and then go back to the hotel, get some proper rest and go out and win.”

Q: Who was the best player that you ever played with? Who was the best player you ever played against?

Lyght: “Again, I’d have to say Marshall Faulk. He was the best player I ever played with and against. I remember when he was with the Colts, I think it was 1995, I think he had 177 yards rushing with like three touchdowns and a 60-yard touchdown called back and a 70-yard touchdown called back, so it was one of the more phenomenal performances I had ever seen firsthand against an opponent and it was pretty special. Then when he got the opportunity to join us, I was really, really excited about playing with him knowing what type of player he was and how much he was going to help us be successful on gameday.”

Q: If you can go back and give rookie Todd Lyght a piece of advice, what would it be?

Lyght: “I think early on in my career, due to the lack of success we had on the field, it was really, really tough… I didn’t display good sportsmanship when I was a young player. I had success in terms of winning my whole career in every sport that I participated in so when I got to the NFL and we weren’t having success, I wasn’t a very good sport about it. There would be times after a game I would be so frustrated with losing that I would just walk straight into the locker room and not shake the others team’s hand and that was a mistake. If I could go back and change one thing about my young self, that’s what it would be, to be a good sportsman.”

Q: What was your favorite city to visit when you were playing and why?

Lyght: “Probably New Orleans when the old NFC West when was San Francisco, Atlanta, New Orleans and L.A. I always really enjoyed my time in New Orleans. I think going to that city with all the wonderful restaurants and all the different nightlife that they had and the culture, everything about Louisiana just really intrigued me. I really enjoyed my time playing in the Super Dome, that was a lot of fun and we always had a lot of success against the New Orleans Saints teams so that was a lot of fun too.”

Q: Looking back on your career what would you say was your greatest success or what are you most proud of?

Lyght: “When I think of my career, I think of the mental and physical toughness I displayed as a player. When I was with the Rams organization for 10 years I had a consecutive-starting streak of over 120-plus games, which is pretty phenomenal knowing that the average career span of an NFL player is about 2-3 years. I figured you count that, that’s about 8 years of consecutive starts which is pretty strong at such a high level. I would also say being a great teammate. For me, it was always about doing the right thing by the team and trying to play winning football and never trying to get too caught up in statistics but always be about the end result which was a Rams’ win. Those were all important things to me.”

Q: If you could go to dinner tonight with three of your former teammates who would it be?

Lyght: “Oh that’s easy – Isaac Bruce, Keith Lyle and Marshall Faulk. We’d be getting into something that’s for sure. We may have to drop Isaac off… the rest of us, we’d be okay!”

Q: If you could go up against a player in the league today, who would you be most excited about playing against?

Lyght: “To me right now when I watch the game, Julio Jones. He is just on a completely different level with some of these things that he is able to do. I mean that would be a tough cover. In terms of his speed, power, hand-eye coordination and acceleration. I think he might be the toughest cover arguably in the history of the game, so I think that would be a really wonderful challenge to play against a player of his caliber.”

Q: With draft season upon us, what was it like for you to be drafted 5th overall to the L.A. Rams back in 1991?

Lyght: “It was amazing for me because I remember my first time spending time in L.A. I was with the University of Notre Dame as a player and we were out in Southern California around late November and I just remember it was about 80 degrees and thinking, ‘Oh my God, people really live like this? This is amazing! I could so see myself out here’… not knowing that four years later I would have the opportunity to not just play out here but live out in Southern California. I spent a lot of time in Southern California, I met my wife in Southern California, my son was born in Southern California, we have plans to move back to Southern California at some point and in a perfect world, I ‘d get the opportunity to help coach the Rams and go back and win another Super Bowl and be back in Southern California.”

Q: You’re originally from the Marshall Islands – how did you get into football?

Lyght: Yes, I was born in the Marshall Islands, my father was in the military. The Marshall Islands are a trust territory in the South Pacific, basically a missile command base. We were there for maybe six months when I was born then we moved to Hawaii, my father was stationed in Honolulu. We lived in Honolulu for two years and then when I was three years old we moved to Virginia so I basically grew up there. I don’t remember the islands, but it was great. I was a happy kid. When I was in high school, I would always sketch palm trees or draw island landscapes. I think that was just subconsciously being so happy as a kid growing up on the islands. It was a great experience to me.”

Q: Is there some motto you have lived your life by?

Lyght: “The motto I have is just to strive for personal greatness each and every day to improve mentally, physically and spiritually and just try to have a positive impact on people I come in contact with. I think for me, that’s the motto that I live by. It sounds like it should be common sense but it’s not and it’s hard to do too. I talk to my players about this, sometimes it’s just about tweaking Men’s Personalized Stitched Atlanta Braves Authentic Road Gray Jersey Sale  the margins because you could be at a really high level and you still want to improve but you may not make a huge gain in a particular area but still, even if it’s only increme Custom Braves Jersey ntal gains, you’re still putting in the work towards that goal. A lot of people have asked me, ‘What’s the greatest thing you’ve ever done? Was it winning the National Championship at the University of Notre Dame or being drafted by the Rams in the first round?  Was it becoming an All-Pro or winning a Super Bowl?’ All of those things were great and all of those things were goals of mine that I wanted to accomplish, but the greatest thing I ever did was donate a six figure sum to create a scholarship in my name at the University of Notre Dame and there have been over 20 kids that have graduated from Notre Dame from the state of Michigan and the state of California – from the cities of Detroit and Los Angeles. When I look back on it in terms of my impact on people, I think that’s the greatest thing I’ve ever done. It’s been amazing because some of the kids will write me and tell me some of the things they are doing. There was one young lady who was from North Carolina and she went back to be an educator at an urban school, started as a teacher, ended up becoming the principal before the school ended up becoming the Blue Ribbon School of the state which is really amazing. There was also a young man who studied abroad and ended up being a Rhodes Scholar. So just all these wonderful things that have happened to these kids that have graduated on my scholarship, just that ripple effect of having a positive impact on someone’s life and then them going out and having a positive impact on people has created a really good positive ripple effect and I am really proud of that.”

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New WR Brandin Cooks is excited to get back to the West Coast and begin working with his Rams teammates in L.A.

Wide receiver Brandin Cooks isn’t a stranger to trades. After three years in New Orleans, the Saints traded him to the Patriots in exchange for a first- and fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Just over a year later, Cooks is on the move from the East to West Coast — again in exchange for a first-round pick.

“People have asked me, are you upset? Absolutely not,” Cooks said last week. “I’m able to play this game  Atlanta Braves Custom Jersey that millions would love to be in my shoes. And the fact [that it’s for] another first rounder? My family, they joke about it like, ‘You’ve been drafted in the first round three times, has anyone done that?’ So we try to take the positive out of everything. There’s a lot of positives in this one just like the last one. I can’t complain at all.”

That’s the kind of positive attitude Cooks appears to bring to every aspect of his life. Rams general manager Les Snead made that clear by stating at the beginning of the wide receiver’s introductory press conference, “I told Brandin and I was honest when I told him, that if my son could grow up to be half as respected as this guys was during the vetting process I’d be a jacked father for sure. So, that just lets you know what kind of kid this is.”

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And as happy as Snead and head coach Sean McVay seem to be about adding Cooks, the wide receiver appears to be on the same page.

“I’m overcome with joy and gratitude to be able to have a special opportunity like this,” Cooks said. “It’s an extreme blessing. Words can’t explain it. I’m glad to be back on the West Coast and I’m looking forward to playing for such a great organization.”

A Stockton, Calif. native, Cooks said he was excited when he first heard about the trade. He was glad to receive a call from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick informing him of the trade, rather than finding out on television or through social media. Then he got on the phone with a few people from his new team, including McVay and wide receivers coach Eric Yarber.

“Right off the bat, the excitement — it just felt like it was a family atmosphere right away,” Cooks said. “I know those guys were just excited just as much as I was and being able to talk with them right off the bat and in a situation like this is huge. I thanked them for this opportunity and I look forward to getting to work.”

“You can see both of us were laughing and smiling through the phone,” Yarber said. “We didn’t need to see our faces, just our voices — we both were elated. He was happy to be here and I was happy to have him just like the rest of the staff members.”

While both Snead and McVay confirmed last week the Rams have had interest in acquiring Cooks dating back to a year ago, the wide receiver understandably wasn’t necessarily paying much attention to Los Angeles in that time. Cooks did say that even from afar, he could tell that the Rams are a young, talented team growing at a fast rate. And now that he’s gotten to meet McVay in person and talk with him a bit, Cooks has a particularly positive impression of McVay.

“[He’s] someone that’s on fire for this game — that breathes, eats, and sleeps for ball, and wants to give his team the best that he can possibly give to help win games,” Cooks said. “The guy is studying already. To be able to see that from a head coach, you have a ton of respect for that and it makes you want to go harder as a player because you know he’s going to put everything into it.”

But based on Cooks’ reputation, he might not need that extra motivation. According to a report from Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated’s The MMQB, a Patriots assistant told McVay just after the trade was executed that Cooks didn’t miss a single practice rep during the 2017 season.

Asked about the report, Cooks said he takes a lot of pride in his availability.

“At the end of the day it’s God’s grace to be able to be out there. And, I mean, I’ Women’s Custom Any Name Any Number Atlanta Braves Authentic Home White Baseball Jersey m so young still,” Cooks said. “To be able to go out there and if I’m not feeling broken, I feel like I should be out there especially at this young age. So I take pride in that. But at the end of the day it’s a blessing in God’s grace that I’m able to do so.”

Now that the trade is official, Cooks is mainly looking forward to getting to work with his new teammates.

“I come and I just go to work,” Cooks said. “I don’t want the glory, I don’t want to fame. I just come in and always my whole life just wanted to do the best that I can do and be the best that I can be to help my team. I’m not looking for anything selfishly, I just want to help my team whatever case I can to be able to win games at the end of the day and do it in a quiet format.

“I love you guys [the media] and I love meeting everyone,” Cooks later added, “but at the end of the day I want to get to work with the fellas and be able to start to build that rapport together leading up to this year.”

He’ll get that chance shortly with the onset of the offseason program on April 16.

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HC Sean McVay and WRs coach Eric Yarber discuss where new WR Brandin Cooks will line up in Los Angeles’ scheme.

Los Angeles traded its first-round pick and a sixth-round pick in this month’s NFL Draft to acquire wide receiver Brandin Cooks Custom MLB Jersey Cheap . In just four seasons, Cooks has already amassed 3,943 yards receiving and 27 career touchdowns.

Known for his speed, Cooks is a threat for an explosive play every snap he’s on the field. But where will he slot in the Rams’ offensive scheme?

“He’ll be the X receiver. He’ll take over the role that was left by Sammy Watkins going to Kansas City,” head coach Sean McVay said last week. “That’s a big part of our offense.” 

“He’s a perfect fit,” wide receive Custom Diamondbacks Jersey rs coach Eric Yarber said. “He’s that missing piece to the puzzle.”

Though the Rams have had interest in Cooks dating back to the 2017 offseason, McVay admitted Watkins’ departure did raise the urgency in the Rams’ desire to bring Cooks to L.A.

“Les and really our coaching staff and our personnel staff, we’ve had great dialogue in terms of kind of how we wanted to fill that void left by Sammy,” McVay said, referring to general manager Les Snead. “And whether you’re looking at it through the draft or some possible trades, credit to Les and being able to get that dialogue going. … And when we had the opportunity to potentially acquire him, we wanted to be aggressive about pursuing that.”

So what does it mean to be an “X” receiver in McVay’s offense?

“A lot of times when you get into some 3-by-1 formations, typically that’s the g Women’s Custom Any Name Any Number Arizona Diamondbacks Home White Authentic Jersey uy isolated on the backside,” McVay said. “But, as you guys know, we’ll move people around and he’ll be lined up in a variety of roles. But when we start out, he’ll be our X receiver and really excited about watching he, and Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp — really our receiver group as a whole.”

“He’s going to be able to do those third level routes, the deep routes to open it up for the underneath receiver,” Yarber said. “Then we can put him in the slot and motion him around. It’s another guy that can do jet sweeps for us, so he’s a guy that can do it all.”

In addition to his yards receiving, Cooks does have 161 career yards rushing on 30 carries wi Arizona Diamondbacks Custom Jersey th one touchdown. He also recorded 340 yards rushing on 61 carries with a pair of touchdowns at Oregon State.

That’s part of why McVay seem to see Cooks as a game-chang Men’s Customized Arizona Diamondbacks Road Gray Authentic Baseball Jersey Cheap ing talent, no matter where he is on the field.

“[H]e fits kind of into any system. This guy can play,” McVay said. “But I think specific to some of the things that we look for — the traits and specifics that we look for from our X receiver — being able to take the top shelf off the coverage, being able to win on some underneath iso’s when you’re gettin bump coverage. He’s put that on tape really over the last four years and that was something that we were really excited about.”

Phillips Arizona Diamondbacks Custom Jersey Will Look to Exploit Matchups with Suh

Though Ndamukong Suh will start out at NT, DC Wade Phillips will likely move him around on defense in order to create the the best advantage for L.A.

The Rams had already made moves to bolster their defense with players like cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters.

Then came the successful pursuit of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who’s slated to start out at nose tackle in the Rams’ base 3-4 front.

Speaking to the media last week, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips described Suh as, “a dominate player,” saying he was obviously all for adding the Ne Men’s Customized Arizona Diamondbacks Road Gray Authentic Baseball Jersey Cheap braska product. 

“He’s been that way his whole career,” Phillips said. “Obviously, he was a [first-round] pick and has been successful at that. Made a lot of money in the league because he’s a great player.”

Suh has recorded 51.5 sacks in his nine years as a pro — 36.0 with Detroit and 15.5 in his last three seasons with Miami. With Suh playing between 2017 AP Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Custom Diamondbacks Jersey  Donald and defensive lineman Michael Brockers, the Rams should have an edge over most 2018 opponents when it comes to their interior pass rush.

But from a philosophical standpoint, Phillips is a big believer in trying to create matchup advantages wherever possible. That’s a lot of what happened last season, as Phillips consistently put Donald in position to have one-on-one pass-rushing attempts with offensive linemen. And Donald made that pay off — to the tune of 11.0 sacks in just 14 games.

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Now adding Suh to the mix, Phillips will likely be able to create more issues for offenses along the line of scrimmage.

“It’s getting matched up with the right people and getting in play positions that he plays well,” Phillips said. “So, it’s not a certain way that we do everything, but it’s certain matchups and how we do things. That depends on our personnel basica Arizona Diamondbacks Custom Jersey lly — their strengths — and then during the game plan we match up even more. We’ll say, ‘Hey, they’ve got a weakness here, we want to get Aaron on him, or we want to get Brockers on him, or we want to get Suh on this guy.’

“And they have different strengths,” Phillips continued. “Suh, obviously, is a power guy. Aaron is not a finesse guy, but he probably has it all — but certain matchups are better for him. So we’ll work that out when we get the players going.”

Suh himself said he’s looking forward to working with Phillips in large part based on the coach’s strong track record of success.

“The interesting thing about coach Phillips is I’ve seen him in Dallas, I’ve seen him in other places doing very successful things, and with a multitude of different athletes and players at elite levels,” Suh said. “…I think he’ll create a package that works best for every single guy that he has in this organization — for his front and in addition from the backend as well.”

And as the offseason program gets going next week, you can be sure taking advantage of Los Angeles’ strengths will be a significant part of that plan.

“The better people you have you don’t have to worry about matchups as much sometimes when you got really good players,” Phillips said, adding Suh, “matches up with anybody. And if there is a weakness, you have a chance to attack those things.”

Offseason Opp Ray Nitschke Jersey onent Breakdown: The Oakland Raiders

In anticipation of the official schedule release date in mid-April, take a look at one of the Rams 2018 opponents — the Raiders.

The 2018 NFL Season is still a few months from its official kickoff date, but the opponents for all 32 clubs have already been set.

Aside from their divisional opponents, the Rams will face teams from the NFC North and AFC West. Plus, Los Angeles will take on the reigning division champions from the NFC East and NFC South.

In anticipation of the official schedule release date in mid-April, theRams.com will be taking an early look at each of club’s opponents for next season.

THE OAKLAND RAIDERS

LOCATION: The Rams will be on the road in 2018, travelling to the Oakland Coliseum to face the Raiders.

HEAD COACH: Jon Gruden was officially hired as the Raiders new head coach in Jan. 2018. This season will be Gruden’s fifth as a head coach in  Vintage 1969 Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers Mitchell and Ness Away White Jersey Throwback Oakland, as he previously worked for the franchise between 1998-2001. Before returning to coaching this season, Gruden served as an analyst for ESPN and Monday Night Football for the past 10 years.  

In his first stint, Gruden led Oakland to a 38-26 overall record, with two postseason appearances, before winning Super Bowl XXXVII as the Buccaneers’ head coach.

MATCHUP HISTORY: The teams have met 13 times in series history. Oakland has the all-time lead with an 8-5 record, but L.A. holds the most recent victory — with a dominant 52-0 shutout performance in 2014. 

2017 RECORD: The Raiders finished 2017 at 6-10 for a third place finish in the AFC West.


WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT?

Oakland added a number of playmakers on both sides of the ball through free agency. On defense, the Raiders addressed a big need in their secondary by signing cornerback Rashaan Melvin and safety Marcus Gilchrist. Both are expected to complement established players in the unit, as well as any that could come from this y Ray Nitschke Jersey Mitchell and Ness ear’s NFL Draft.

But the most talked-about addition to the Raiders’ roster came on offense, with the signing of wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Nelson played the past 10 years for the Packers, but will now likely assume the role of a p Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke Elite Away White Jersey Cheap ossession receiver for quarterback Derek Carr. The former Super Bowl champion has recorded three seasons with at least 1,250 receiving yards and at least 13 touchdown catches — the most of any active player.

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After losing a coin flip to the 49ers at this year’s Combine, the Raiders will select 10t Youth Nike Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap h overall in April’s Draft. Although Gruden is considered an offensive-minded coach, the franchise is expected to go defense-first in the first round — with the emphasis on bringing in a young player to build around.

Many mock drafts have Oakland’s first pick as a linebacker with Roquan Smith (Georgia) and Tremaine Edmunds (Virginia Tech) as the to Women’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke Color Rush Vapor Untouchable Pink Jersey p choices. Should the club look to its needs on the secondary first, cornerback Derwin James (Florida State) and Denzel Ward (Ohio State) will be high on the list if available at No. 10.

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The matchup between student and teacher. Rams head coach Sean McVay received his first NFL coaching position in 2008 with Gruden’s Buccaneers Ray Nitschke Jersey . Throughout his success last season in Los Angeles, McVay has been quick to credit the knowledge he gained from Gruden and his brother Jay throughout his career.

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At his introductory press conference, DT Ndamukong Suh said he sees his one-year deal with the Rams as a chance to prove himself as an asset.

It’s hard to miss Ndamukong Suh when he walks into a room.

The new Rams defensive tackle Yangervis Solarte Jersey  is an imposing figure, standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing just over 300 pounds.

That’s even when he’s out of his jersey and pads and in a suit and tie as he was for Friday’s introductory press conference.

“He is a sharply dressed fellow today,” head coach Sean McVay remarked as the presser began. 

But clearly Los Angeles has gained more than just Suh’s size and stature. As McVay noted, Suh’s career has displayed the epitome of durability. He’s been eligible for 126 games and started each one.

And Suh’s performance has befitted someone who entered the league as a No. 2 overall pick, having amassed 51.5 sacks, five Pro Bowl seasons, and three first-team All-Pro honors.

Now, he’s come to Los Angeles with the goal of helping the Rams to their ultimate goal.

“Being able to add a player of [Suh’s] caliber is something we feel really good about,” McVay said. “We feel like from visiting with him, and then, obviously, you just look at the production as a player, getting to know the person, we feel like this is going to be a really good match.”

“Definitely excited about the opportunities here,” Suh said. “Really, really fortunate just looking at the overall scheme. I think everybody looks at everything on paper, and I would say we’re in pretty good shape on paper. But we have a lot of things to prove.”

The Rams clearly weren’t the only team vying for Suh’s services in 2018, but the defensive lineman said he chose Los Angeles in part because of the comfort level he felt on his visit. He said getting to know the coaching staff a bit was helpful in making what was not necessarily an easy decision.

“Being able to be fortunate enough to watch film with the coaches on my visit was important for me — each place I took a visit to — to watch film and talk to the coaches and see how they seem me fitting in,” Suh said.

“When he came in, [he was] very thorough,” McVay said. “He asked great questions. You could see that he’d done his homework on the people in the building, the system. He was familiar with some of the things that [defensive coordinator] Wade [Phillips] and our coaching staff on defense had done, wanted to see kind of what we envisioned for him as for what his role is.”

And even though Suh hasn’t known McVay for long, he picked up on a few things about him right away.

“Really just being able to meet with him and sit down with him face-to-face, have dinner and talk — he’s a genuine, transparent human being,” Suh said. “And that’s what I love — no matter who you are, but especially as a football coach.”

Much has been made of the Suh pairing with 2017 AP Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald to form a dominant defensive front. Suh said that playing with Donald — and fellow lineman Michael Brockers — wasn’t necessarily a determining factor, but it was a plus. Now, Suh has to get to know all of them and figure out each other’s on-field tendencies.

“First and foremost it’s going to start in OTAs and practices — understanding how [Donald] likes to rush, how I like to rush, how we play the run together,” Suh said. “And that’s when it’ll all unfold from there, to see how we’ll mesh together. And I think it’ll be an exciting time and process to get through that.”

McVay has said — and reiterated on Friday — that Suh will likely begin as Los Angeles’ nose tackle in the team’s base Women’s Personalized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Home White Baseball Jersey  defense. But, as with any new player, things could change as the coaching staff gets more familiar with Suh and his performance.

“We feel like there’s a starting point, but when you have good players, like we’ve mentioned, who have some position flex — if there’s one thing that coach Wade and [defensive line coach Bill] Johnson and our defensive staff do an excellent job of, it’s finding a way to put our players in good spots and get those matchups that we want across the board,” McVay said. “And specific to the pass rush, now being able to add a player of his caliber, in addition to some of the other guys we already have on board, it’s an exciting challenge for us as coaches.”

And going into his ninth season as a pro, Suh feels he can line up anywhere on the defensive line and be effective.

“I started out playing defensive end in high school,” Suh said. “Moving into college, I played a lot of three-technique, two-technique, played some shade as well. And o Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 26 Yangervis Solarte Alternate Royal Blue Flexbase Jersey ver the last five years or so between Miami and Detroit, to get me out of double teams and kind of being in the trash, I’ve played every single p Steve Pearce Jersey osition — every single tec Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 52 Ryan Tepera Home White Flexbase Jersey hnique that’s really possible. And sometimes, we even created our own.”

Suh signed a one-year contract with the Rams, which he sees as a chance to prove himself.

“I think the overall goal is to focus on this particular year, which is the most important thing in front of us,” Suh said. “And they had a very successful year last year in the regular season. And I believe I can be of help to get them over some of the humps. But at the end of the day, it’s all of us as a unit that have to get that done — from offense, defense, special teams, and really going from there.”

Playing alongside Donald and Brockers with Phillips as defensive coordinator, Suh should receive plenty of chances to make an impact in L.A.

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The Rams  Custom Blue Jays Jersey have made another roster move prior to the start of the offseason program, releasing cornerback Kayvon Webster with a failed physical designation.

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The Rams have bolstered their cornerbacks this offseason, acquiring Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, and Yangervis Solarte Jersey  Sam Shields. Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 52 Ryan Tepera Home White Flexbase Jersey  Plus, the club re-signed slot corner Nickell Robey-Coleman and tendered exclusive rights free agent Troy Hill.

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Los Angeles made its move for another explosive playmaker this week, trading for Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks. The wideout will join Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp as the potential starters for 2018 and should add a dynamic, vertical presence to the receiving room.

Here are five things to know about the newest Ram:

1) He is one of the NFL’s most consistent receivers

Cooks was drafted by the Saints in 2014 as the 20th overall pick. Since then, the Oregon State product has developed into one of the most consistent wide receivers in the league — posting three consecutive seasons with at least 1,0 Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 52 Ryan Tepera Home White Flexbase Jersey 00 yards receiving.

He is also one of just three active players to record at least 1,000 and at least five touchdowns in each of the last three seasons. The only other players on that list are Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown and the Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald.

Cooks finished his 2017 campaign in New England with 65 receptions, 1,082 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns.

2) Cooks set several records while at Oregon State

Not only did Cooks play in every single game through three seasons at Oregon State, but he was also one of the Beavers’ top receivers — awarded the Fred Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s top wideout in 2013. 

The combination of Cooks and wide receiver Markus Wheaton created one of the most dynamic receiving duos in college football and in Oregon State history. In the 2012 season alone, the players combined for 158 receptions, 2,395 yards, and 16 touchdowns.

Rams quarterback Sean Mannion was the Oregon State starter for all of Cooks’ collegiate career. The duo will reunite during the 2018 offseason program, when Cooks’ officially joins the Rams on field.

3) He is an avid photographer

Take a peak at Cooks’ Instagram page and you’ll immediately notice his passion for photography. When he’s not playing football, the young receiver can often be found with a camera in hand, capturing some of the most beautiful cities and landscapes around the world.

According to an interview with ESPN, Cooks’ passion for photography developed slowly throughout his life. After his father passed away when Cooks was just six years old, he realized the value in capturing every important moment of his life — good or bad.

“There’s not too many pictures I have with my dad growing up, or just moments that we had,” he told ESPN. “And I always told myself I want to capture as much as I can. So, I leaned towards photography just because that’s the easiest way to capture memories and being able to see them in the future.”

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Because Cooks grew up primarily in a single-parent household, he is  Steve Pearce Jersey understandably very close to his mother. After declaring for the NFL Draft after the 2013 season, he decided Ryan Tepera Jersey  to thank his mom, Andrea, for all she did for him and his three brothers — gifting her with a brand new Mercedes GLK.

And in true Cooks’ fashion, he captured the loving moment on video.

5) The story behind his trademark touchdown celebration

Before it was outlawed by new rules governing NFL touchdown celebrations, Cooks’ signature bow-and-arrow motion had become his trademark. After every touchdown and every big play, the process was the same: pull back an invisible bow and fire an invisible arrow.

But why a bow and arrow? And why choose the same celebration week after week?

“It has to do with the Bible,” Cooks said in an interview with NOLA.com. “That was just one of my things giving my glory to God for blessing me to do what I do.” 

The celebration alludes to a Bible verse in which a boy named Ishmael uses his archery to survive in the desert after nearly dying of thirst.

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