Rams gather for start of strength, conditioning work

ST. LOUIS (AP) The start of offseason workouts gives St. Louis Rams players their first real opportunity to collectively get over the Sam Bradford trade. And to get to know Nick Foles. The Rams, in search of their first winning season since 2003, also are breaking in a new offensive coordinator. The defense returns virtually intact. Players gathered Monday for strength and conditioning...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

How will the St. Louis Rams 2014 class do in their second seasons?

As the 2015 NFL Draft draws closer and closer, the Internet is ablaze with conjecture surrounding who of this year’s class is a better fit where, which players offer the most upside, and how much value can be gleaned from each team’s selection. However, to take a quick break from that, let’s examine a few players already among the Rams roster and blindly project how they...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rams draft preview: 3 players St. Louis could draft at No. 10

The St. Louis Rams hold the No. 10 overall pick in the NFL Draft. In our 32-team preview series, FOXSports.com takes a look at their roster post-free agency and delivers a plan of attack for the last day in April. The Rams made quite the splash before the new league year officially started, jettisoning former No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

With so much attention on the offense, where will the defense stand in 2015?

With so much attention on the offense, where will the defense stand in 2015? – Patrick It’s common knowledge that for the last three months, the Rams’ offense has been under scrutiny, and rightly so. Spectators and fans have seen their offensive coordinator leave for a job in the NCAA, watched their “franchise quarterback” get traded to Philadelphia and are concerned about...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Mailbag: Is the offensive line still the biggest need for the St. Louis Rams?

Is the offensive line still the biggest need for the St. Louis Rams? – Josh, St. Louis This topic has an odd dichotomy. Not only has this question been asked and asked to the point of exhaustion, it is still the most interesting and frustrating question moving forward. The Rams’ offseason wasn’t lackluster, nor was it ground breaking. They added former Lions Nick Fairley, and...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Rams sign OLB Akeem Ayers

Akeem Ayers, a 2011 2nd round pick, graded out above average in each of his first 3 seasons in the league with the Titans, including 4th among 4-3 outside linebackers in 2013. He showed versatility as a base package run stopper and someone who could either cover in sub packages or rush the passer from the edge. However, the Titans’ incompetent new regime didn’t seem to be able...
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March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the St. Louis Rams are now the greatest threat to the Seattle Seahawks

Yesterday our rookie sensation Ricky Rath wrote about the devolution of the San Francisco 49ers and concluded that they’re no longer a threat to the Seattle Seahawks. At the end of the article we added a poll asking fans which NFC West team was the biggest threat to Seattle. The Arizona Cardinals won the vote in a landslide:   With all due respect to our readers, I disagreed...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Rams agree to terms with DT Nick Fairley

The St. Louis Rams announced Friday that they have signed defensive tackle Nick Fairley. BOOM! pic.twitter.com/tDG0SYucHh — St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) March 13, 2015   Fairley spent the past four seasons with the Detroit Lions. He had 13.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 98 tackles in 46 career games. In 2014, Fairley played in only eight...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Rams add two defenders to the front seven

The strength of the Rams’ team has gotten even stronger, as the Rams have added linebacker Akeem Ayers and defensive tackle Nick Fairley over the past 16 hours or so. St. Louis Rams have agreed to terms with Nick Fairley, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2015 #Rams make it official… Sign Akeem Ayers. pic.twitter.com/AzsEh4Dru3 — St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Rams sign LB Akeem Ayers

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams added depth at linebacker, signing Akeem Ayers to a two-year deal. Ayers spent the majority of last season with the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots after being traded from Tennessee. He made four starts in nine games with the Patriots with four sacks and an interception. Ayers was a second-round pick in 2011 by the Titans, where he played...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Rams sign Ayers for two years

According the Bleacher Report, the St. Louis Rams and Akeem Ayers have agreed to terms on a 2-year deal. The amount is not known yet. Ranked No. 4 by Pro Football Focus for outside linebackers for the 2013 season, Ayers provides the Rams with some much needed speed and agility on the outside pass rush. This signing will do well for the Rams “sack city” mentality as Ayers is built...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Patriot Akeem Ayers Signs Two-Year Contract With Rams

Akeem Ayers’ brief tenure with the New England Patriots was a successful one. The veteran linebacker recorded four sacks and an interception in nine games, won a Super Bowl and helped boost his free-agent stock. Once an afterthought with the Tennessee Titans, Ayers signed with the St. Louis Rams, the team announced. Ayers signed on for two years, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Rams Closing In A Two-Year Deal With LB Akeem Ayers

Nick Wagoner of ESPN reports that the Rams are closing in on a two-year deal with former Patriots LB Akeem Ayers. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported earlier in the day that the Rams were hosting Ayers for a visit on Thursday. Wagoner mentions that there is a lot of familiarity in building with Ayers given he worked ...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Patriots’ Free Agent Frenzy

Good afternoon, Patriots fans! The last time I wrote to you guys, the Patriots defeated the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Hopefully now the feeling has sunk in for all of you. Now, New England has to regroup and make their team even better than last year’s – whether that means extending the contracts of current players OR signing new players. The 2015 NFL Free Agent Frenzy starts...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Akeem Ayers Among Five Potential Patriots Free-Agent Linebackers

Free agency will be about filling depth for the New England Patriots. The Patriots made two key acquisitions at the trade deadline to add role players behind starters Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins, and now they must either re-sign those players or find similar ones on the open market. Akeem Ayers and Jonathan Casillas are set to hit the open market Tuesday at 4 p.m., and one...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Adrian Clayborn Among Five Patriots’ Potential Free-Agent Pass Rushers

The New England Patriots might want to plan ahead in 2015. The Patriots were painted into a corner last season when Chandler Jones went down with a shoulder injury in Week 7. They quickly had to pick up the phone and find a replacement edge rusher. They found one on the Tennessee Titans in Akeem Ayers, who was benched after a defensive scheme change, and the Patriots were able to...
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March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Free Agent Tracker: Devin McCourty Highlights Players On Open Market

Don’t expect many new faces around Gillette Stadium next season. The New England Patriots’ off months shouldn’t be about adding expensive outsiders, like last year, and instead about keeping the Super Bowl XLIX team together for another run. The Patriots made headlines last offseason by signing cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner and wide receiver Brandon LaFell...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots: Will Akeem Ayers be back in 2015?

As midseason approached and the trade deadline came closer, everyone wondered if the Patriots would make a move to bolster their lineup. A wide receiver or line help seemed like a possibility but instead the team went in another direction. 
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Defensive Free-Agent Needs Include Pass Rusher, Linebacker

The New England Patriots are lucky they don’t have many slots to fill on their 53-man roster, because they also don’t have any cap room. The Patriots have a talented Super Bowl Champion roster and just 10 unrestricted free agents, one of whom ended the season on injured reserve. As long as the Patriots can retain cornerback Darrelle Revis and re-sign safety Devin McCourty,...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots’ 2015 Linebackers Outlook: Jerod Mayo Might Need To Take Pay Cut

Editor’s note: NESN.com will go position by position to break down the Patriots’ depth chart heading into the 2015 offseason. Next up: the defensive line. Jerod Mayo could do the New England Patriots a huge favor this offseason. The Patriots linebacker is set to be one of the Patriots’ highest paid players in 2015 with a $10.6 million salary cap hit, and the team won a Super...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Practice Report: Akeem Ayers Added As Limited With Knee Injury

The Seattle Seahawks appear to be fully healthy entering Super Bowl XLIX. The same can’t be said for the New England Patriots. The Patriots added Akeem Ayers to their practice report after Thursday’s session in Tempe, Ariz., as the linebacker was listed as a limited participant with a knee injury. Acquired from the Tennessee Titans via trade before...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Five key matchups for Super Bowl XLIX

Great matchups abound in this, the pinnacle of the NFL season. Super Bowl XLIX pits the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks in what promises to be a closely contested affair. At least, that’s the hope. We all thought last year’s Super Bowl would be a great game, but it was apparent from Peyton Manning’s first snap, he and the Denver Broncos were outmatched by...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Akeem Ayers: Titans ‘Did Me A Favor’ By Trading Me To Patriots

This embed is invalid" /> Akeem Ayers’ season could have been worse. Ayers, who was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, was traded to the New England Patriots in October. The Pats, of course, are preparing to face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX while the Titans are watching from home after a 2-14 campaign...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Akeem Ayers on trade to Patriots: Titans ‘did me a favor’

Akeem Ayers will remember Oct. 21 for a long time. It was on that Tuesday that he was traded from the Titans to the Patriots, a midseason transaction that, potentially, could net him a championship ring. “They made a decision that they felt like they needed to make,” Ayers said, per the Providence Journal. “I don’t have any hard feelings. I just took it as motivation and...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking the Starters in Super Bowl 49

Below is a ranking of all the starters in the Super Bowl. Kickers and punters are included. Interesting to note that the Patriots have four players in the top 10 and the Seahawks have six. Of those guys, five of the six Seahawks are defensive players and the Patriots have a better balance of two on each side of the ball. 1. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots After a down year last year he was...
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January 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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