Found September 18, 2013 on Fox Sports Midwest:
ST. LOUIS -- Joe Barksdale does this thing. When reporters trickle into the St. Louis Rams locker room after practices and form tight circles around newsworthy players, the effervescent reserve tackle tries his damnedest to make the surrounded teammate crack a smile. "There you go, Gene!" he shouted when Rams defensive end Eugene Sims fielded questions about a restructured contract. "There you go, Rob!" he hollered when defensive end Robert Quinn was named NFC defensive player of the week. But the script flipped Wednesday, when Barksdale became the center of attention instead of the guy poking fun from the outside. "Good God!" he said when two reporters quickly turned in to 15-plus. Barksdale, as usual, was mostly kidding. The self-described "swing tackle" who is comfortable playing at both ends of the offensive line is becoming increasingly at home in the spotlight, a result of repeated injuries to starting right tackle Rodger Saffold. ...

Fisher says refs burned Rams

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher is speaking out on the officiating during Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Please click here to read this story. The post Jeff Fisher says Rams burned by refs on Atlanta’s first drive appeared first on Players View.

Rams sign OL Max Starks, add veteran depth to offensive line

According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Rams have agreed to terms with 31-year-old tackle Max Starks. With starting right tackle Rodger Saffold suffering a knee injury, the Rams added veteran depth help along the offensive line.

Jeff Fisher blasts refs for bad calls in loss to Falcons

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher thinks referees in their matchup with the Atlanta Falcons didn't make one or two mistakes in the Falcons' favor, but a total of five. While he concedes his defense struggled to stop Atlanta's explosive offense, the officiating crew didn't help matters much either. "We were penalized seven times in the game; in my opinion...

Report: Rams Sign OT Max Starks To A One-Year Deal

Jim Thomas of the St Louis Dispatch reports that the Rams have signed former Steelers OT Max Starks to a one-year deal. The Rams brought in a few veteran offensive tackles for workouts this week including Starks, Demetress Bell and R.J. Dill. This comes just days after the Rams learned that RT Rodger Saffold will likely miss a few weeks after he suffered an MCL injury last weekend...

Hurry-up offense is enticing, but don't look for Rams to use it much

ST. LOUIS -- Listen to Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis talk about the difficulty that defenses face against hurry-up offenses and you wonder why offenses ever want to huddle. "When teams are going quick like that, the first thing you're just trying to get the call (for the defensive formation) half the time," says Laurinaitis, who as middle linebacker is in charge...

St. Louis Rams: 2013 Week 3 NFL Power Rankings (#22)

Last week: 22 The Rams were getting blown out by the Falcons before garbage time and injuries almost got them back into it. The fact remains that they were getting blown out by a team that could struggle to make the playoffs in the NFC. The Rams have talent and would be more of a threat in the AFC, but it’s hard to see them making much noise in an overall loaded NFC. Week 2 Studs...

Fisher cites 'incorrect calls' against Rams

The most penalized team in the NFL a year ago the Rams hurt themselves in Sunday’s 31-24 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta with seven yellow flags. An offside call against defensive end Chris Long helped prolong the game’s opening drive as the Falcons went on to the game’s first touchdown. Four other infractions on punt and kickoff returns left the Rams with terrible field position...

Poll: Is Dez Bryant the best WR the St. Louis Rams have faced thus far?

The St. Louis Rams are traveling to Dallas in Week 3 of the NFL season with a 1-1 record after falling to the Atlanta Falcons on the road this past Sunday. A big reason the rams fell in Week 2 was because of the outstanding play of Julio Jones, the electric Falcons wide receiver. Jones torched the Rams secondary and it was the second consecutive week where the Rams had a star wide...

Bradford has many options among receivers for Rams

(Eds: With AP Photos.) Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams showed last week that tight end Jared Cook is one of many options in their passing game. They're hoping their depth at wide receiver continues to pay off Sunday at Dallas. With Cook drawing increased attention, Bradford threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 31-24 loss at Atlanta. It was Bradford&...

Cowboys to start Brian Waters at right guard in Week 3

The Dallas Cowboys have struggled in the running game this season and team owner Jerry Jones says the team is ready to start Brian Waters at right guard in Week 3. “We thought Waters played good for the number of spans he (had),” Jones said on his radio show aired on Dallas’ KRLD-FM. “So Waters will be in there. That’ll improve us.” “We are implementing more tight ends...

Rams injury report: Chris Long in, Rodger Saffold out

The St. Louis Rams realized they would be without offensive tackle Rodger Saffoldearlier this week, according to their official team web site. As soon as it dawned on them, they went out and signed former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Max Starks. While St. Louis would obviously much rather have a healthy Saffold available on Sunday’s, Starks adds experience and versatility...
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