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Turf Show Times: Two reasons why the Los Angeles Rams are hesitant to extend QB Jared Goff in 2019
It's been a wild couple of weeks for the potential upcoming extension for Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff.
Things kicked off about three weeks ago when Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio suggested Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott was more certain to get an extension and that Florio "would not be surprised if Goff doesn't get a second contract with the Rams."
That speculation floated around for about a week until the Philadelphia Eagles extended QB Carson Wentz at the end of organized team activities before the optional mandatory minicamp.
ESPN.com: Todd Gurley remains biggest question during Rams offseason
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Todd Gurley II shook his head, then shrugged his shoulders.
At the outset of the offseason program in April, the Los Angeles Rams running back was asked if he was prepared for an offseason of questions about his left knee.
"I don't know, man," Gurley said. "Y'all ask the questions. It's always something every offseason."
Fast forward two months, and the questions and discussions about Gurley's knee have remained atop the news cycle.
Turf Show Times: Why are the Los Angeles Rams against extending QB Jared Goff this offseason?
Something doesn't make sense.
Yesterday, Los Angeles Rams HC Sean McVay made his most emphatic comments regarding a potential contract extension for QB Jared Goff by suggesting an extension "will get done" and that there is a "zero percent chance" that he wouldn't get an extension that Goff is "worthy of."
While McVay isn't principally involved in contract negotiations nor is General Manager Les Snead, he's certain to be well-briefed on ongoing negotiations from Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Kevin Demoff and his Special Assistant Tony Pastoors who conduct those negotiations.
Turf Show Times: Athlon's offensive linemen rankings include just one Los Angeles Rams lineman
Athlon Sports just released their ranking of the top 20 offensive linemen in the NFL at each line position, and it puts the depth of the Los Angeles Rams' O-line in perspective.
It probably isn't too much of a shocker that Ol' AW, LT Andrew Whitworth, ranked #3 among the tackles in the league. Man, that free-agent signing a couple years ago was clutch -- the dude has delivered and then some:
He must be drinking from the Tom Brady Fountain of Youth. Still among the best all-around blockers and pass protectors at age 37.
Turf Show Times: Los Angeles Rams' supporting cast for QB Jared Goff ranked 3rd in NFL
Bleacher Report's Brad Gagnon published his rankings of every NFL team's supporting cast for their quarterback, and his ranking of the Los Angeles Rams confirm that QB Jared Goff has quite a bit of talent around him:
3.) Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Now we reach a point at which little separates these supporting casts. These top three teams are completely stacked and talented at all three offensive skill positions surrounding the quarterback, and they could be ranked in any order. The Los Angeles Rams only fall into the third spot because there are some injury concerns surrounding their best offensive player.
Fansided: Aaron Donald sitting on top of PFF50 ahead of 2019 season shouldn't be surprising
No one needs to explain to the Los Angeles Rams just how fortunate the team is to have Aaron Donald leading the way on the defensive side of the football since the Pittsburgh product has quickly become a top defender in the league.
After holding out of training camp and preseason in each of the last two seasons, Donald's presence in offseason workouts this offseason has already made a huge difference for the Rams, as the team seems more motivated than ever.
Coming up short the way they did in Super Bowl 53 to the New England Patriots has left Los Angeles with plenty to think about this offseason, and even Donald recently expressed how much he keeps thinking about earning another chance for a ring.
Rams Gab: Jared Goff Will Get His Extension - Sean McVay Says There's No Chance He Won't
Rams head coach Sean McVay says there is "zero percent chance" the team will not extend quarterback Jared Goff's contract according to a tweet from Michael Silver of NFL.com.
McVay said he was "fed up" with talk that the Rams might pursue greener pastures at quarterback. "All the narratives out there are wrong," McVay said. "Jared and I couldn't be more connected, and I couldn't be more appreciative of him as our leader. ... That extension will get done. It's a matter of if, not when."
Questions have been surfacing about the Rams' longterm commitment to Goff ever since the Philadelphia Eagles locked Carson Wentz down to a four-year, $128 million contract, with the theory being that McVay is such a genius that he could turn any QB into a Pro Bowl-caliber player and might prefer a player with more star power.
Turf Show Times: Post-minicamp 2019 Los Angeles Rams depth chart review, 53-man roster projection
Well, we're headed into the darkness of the dead period -- the month-plus long break between minicamp, which ended on Tuesday, and training camp which looks set to open on July 27.
So with the offseason now behind us (more or less), here's an updated 2019 Los Angeles Rams 53-man roster projection based on what we've seen to this point.
Position parentheticals denote the number of players at the position that make the 53-man. Rookies and undrafted rookies are also noted in parentheses.Previous projections QB (2)
No change for me here even with Wolford making the play of organized team activities with his spectacular one-handed catch in OTA #7.
ESPN.com: Rams' Dante Fowler gets prove-it deal and fresh start
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Dante Fowler Jr.'s voice began to quiver as the Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker rattled through a roller coaster of events that have spanned his four-year career.
There were some highlights, such as the eight sacks he produced when the Jacksonville Jaguars advanced to the AFC Championship Game two years ago. And there were lowlights, like the ACL injury that ended his rookie season before it began and behavior, on and off the field, that resulted in a strained relationship with the Jaguars.
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ESPN.com: 2019 NFL training camp dates
NFL training camps will open across the league in July. Here's a list of dates and locations for teams, with more updates to come.
Rookie reporting date: July 21
Veteran reporting date: July 21
First practice: July 22
Location: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Georgia
Turf Show Times: NFL Media's Gil Brandt predicts Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson to be top 5 rookie running back
With Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley dealing with a "small" knee issue, the Rams used the 70th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to select RB Darrell Henderson.
While we won't get a sense of how Head Coach Sean McVay and the rest of his staff will balance the workload between Gurley, Henderson and backup RB Malcolm Brown, it's expected that Henderson will be involved frequently this season. Much of that involvement will fluctuate week-to-week based on gameplan, form and health, of course.
But as NFL Media's Gil Brandt has picked his top five rookie running backs for 2019 and laid out statistical projections for each, his inclusion of Henderson at #4 suggests the Rams' rookie could be in for a significant impact in year one:
4) Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams
Projected stats: 95 carries, 475 rushing yards, 3 rush TDs, 42 catches.