Los Angeles Rams: 2016 Preview, Offseason Recap, Status Report, Schedule, Outlook
Los Angeles Rams 2016 Preview
July 25, 2016
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The Los Angeles Rams come over from St. Louis and hope the change can spark something special. The Rams haven’t made the playoffs since 2004 and have won no more than seven games in nine straight seasons.
Will the move across country be a good luck charm?
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Here is your 2016 Los Angeles Rams NFL preview.
Key Player Losses: The Rams lost a lot on the defensive side of the ball, including cornerback Janoris Jenkins, safety Rodney McLeod, linebacker James Laurinaitis and defensive linemen Nick Fairley and Chris Long. Laurinaitis was second on the team in tackles last season and Jenkins proved to be a promising young corner with 48 pass deflections and 10 interceptions in four seasons.
Key Player Additions: The Rams were able to replace Jenkins with Coty Sensabaugh, a 27-year-old who has 169 career tackles and 23 pass deflections. Other than that one signing, the Rams didn’t really do anything note worthy through free agency to make their team better than last season.
Draft: The Rams were able to get their quarterback of the future in Jared Goff with the first overall pick. I’ve been the driver of the Goff bandwagon for a couple years now and think he’s going to be a star in due time. Pharoh Cooper is a playmaking wide receiver who was just scratching the surface of his potential in South Carolina, and Tyler Higbee is a tight end with solid upside but does come with off-the-field baggage. The only downside to trading for Goff is it limited the Rams draft choices, but it’s worth it if he becomes the player I think he’ll be.
Outlook: The St. Louis Rams weren’t bad last season, as they competed hard and lost many close games, including a couple overtime contests. The Rams also won three of the last four games of the season. The Rams have one of the top running backs in the league in Todd Gurley and an underrated defense that was 11th last season in sacks. The questions with the Rams are obviously at quarterback and if this team is truly ready to compete in a tough NFC West with the Cardinals and Seahawks. I see the Rams pushing anywhere from seven to nine wins and setting up an exciting 2017 season.
Los Angeles Rams 2016 Schedule:
Sept. 12, at San Francisco 49ers (Mon), 7:20
Sept. 18, Seattle Seahawks, 1:05
Sept. 25, at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:05
Oct. 2, at Arizona Cardinals, 1:25
Oct. 9, Buffalo Bills, 1:25
Oct. 16, at Detroit Lions, 10:00 AM
Oct. 23, New York Giants (London), 6:30 AM
Nov. 6, Carolina Panthers, 1:05
Nov. 13, at New York Jets, 10:00 AM
Nov. 20, Miami Dolphins, 1:05
Nov. 27, at New Orleans Saints, 10:00 AM
Dec. 4, at New England Patriots, 10:00 AM
Dec. 11, Atlanta Falcons, 1:25
Dec. 15, at Seattle Seahawks (Thu), 5:25
Dec. 24, San Francisco 49ers (Sat), 1:25
Jan. 1, Arizona Cardinals, 1:25