Found September 11, 2013 on Fox Sports Midwest:
ST. LOUIS -- Jared Cook's decision to sign with the St. Louis Rams had a lot to do with the dynamic offensive plan they unveiled and reuniting with head coach Jeff Fisher. Coming off a huge debut, the big-body tight end with getaway skills said it was every bit as important that the defense be good enough to give him a chance. "They kind of sold me on what they had going on as an offense," Cook said Wednesday after practice. "I already knew they had a good defense and I was excited about that even more. "You want the defense to be good enough to get you the ball back and these guys can do it." The defense did its job in the opener, shutting down Arizona in the fourth quarter of a 27-24 comeback victory. Sam Bradford got four possessions to rally with an offense that featured lots of four-wide receiver sets and speed to stretch the secondary. The 6-foot-5, 248-pound Cook was the star with seven catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns, the first mult...

Can Jared Cook be an Elite TE?

Jared Cook is a five-year veteran, 26 years old, and, before his two (but should’ve been three) touchdown, 6237-yard explosion in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals, an overlooked run-of-the-mill tight end. For the first four years of his career, Cook persevered in Tennessee, week to week through the treacherous Vince Young/Kerry Collins/Matt Hasselbeck/Jake Locker gauntlet...

Rams pass rushing demon DE Robert Quinn says he and Chris Long are 'Black Lightning and White Thunder,' aka 'The Thunderstorm'

The St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn racked up three sacks while fellow defensive end Chris Long threw in another takedown, three hurries of quarterback Carson Palmer and one batted pass in a win over the Arizona Cardinals. They are making the case of being the best bookend pass rushing duo in the NFL, however, before you can reach those illustrious heights, they'll need a nickname.

Daryl Richardson Returns To Practice Thursday

According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rams running back Daryl Richardson (foot) returned to practice Thursday as expected and "got a fair amount of work."Fantasy Spin:Richardson missed practice Wednesday with a sore foot, but coach Jeff Fisher said he "just needed some rest." Richardson needs a strong performance Sunday at Atlanta to avoid losing...

On Sam Bradford and his recovery from Battered Quarterback Syndrome

"Battered quarterback syndrome (BQS)." Symptoms include jumpy feet, erratic throws and frustrated WRs unable to complete their routes before the whistle blows dead. Once the diagnosis is made, few have recovered. Sam Bradford is one of those few. In his first home preseason game in 2010, the Minnesota Vikings sacked Bradford 8 times in one half. It was his welcome...

Isaiah Pead Returns From Suspension

Rams running back Isaiah Pead will return from a one-game suspension to be part of the St. Louis offense in Week 2 versus Atlanta.Fantasy Spin:Daryl Richardson is the starter and carried the ball 20 times in Week 1 for a less-than-stellar 63 yards (3.2 ypc). At this point, however, Pead is nothing more than a handcuff.

Robert Quinn's teammates not surprised by pass rushing defensive end's hot start

ST. LOUIS -- After he dragged down Carson Palmer three times, twice knocking the ball from the Arizona quarterback's hand in the process, Robert Quinn's phone went off. "He texted me, and we were going back and forth for a while," Quinn says Wednesday. "He was like, 'You know, if you keep that up ...' I was like, Come on, really?" The soft-spoken...

Daryl Richardson Expected To Play in Week 2

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rams running back Daryl Richardson (foot) is expected to play Sunday.Fantasy Spin:Richardson missed practice Wednesday with a sore foot, but coach Jeff Fisher said he "just needed some rest" and will practice Thursday. Richardson needs a strong performance Sunday at Atlanta to avoid losing snaps to Isaiah Pead, who was suspended...

St. Louis Rams week 1 takeaways

(Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images) For the first time in 6 seasons the St. Louis Rams have started the NFL season with an unblemished record as they sit atop their division. It wasn’t an easy win against a divisional opponent, but the Rams showed they have fight in them when it comes to pressure situations. The Rams trailed by 11 points in the third quarter when Sam Bradford...

DE Robert Quinn off to a roaring start for Rams

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By WARREN MAYES Associated Press Rams defensive end Robert Quinn was ''born to pass rush,'' according to teammate Chris Long. Long, who totaled 24 1/2 sacks the last two seasons, offered that assessment after watching Quinn harass Carson Palmer for three sacks, two forced fumbles and a tackle for a loss in the season-opening win against Arizona...

Down the Seam: Top 5 Fantasy TE’s for Week 2

Week 1 brought some surprises to the tight end radar, but Down and Distance hit money on 4 of the 5 from opening week: the Rams’ Jared Cook, 49ers’ Vernon Davis, Cowboys’ Jason Witten, and Saints’ Jimmy Graham all finding the end zone. Graham was the only one of the four who did not break 70 yards receiving. Not bad for a week in tight end prognostication! Without further...
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