Rams Notebook: Inside The Hotel California

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Feb 16, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of Los Angeles Rams blue and white throwback helmet (1965-72) at the Santa Monica Pier. NFL owners voted 30-2 to allow owner Stan Kroenke (not pictured) to move the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles for the 2016 season. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This week, the Hotel California notes the Rams journey through free agency as all eyes begin to turn towards the 2017 NFL Draft. But have the additions and subtractions in Los Angeles made the kind of impact that will move the needle this season? With holes needing to be filled at critical areas, can Les Snead and Kevin Demoff close the gap? We take a look at some of those areas this week.

Rams Still Have Big Needs In 2017

Questions at wide receiver, tight end, and center still have fans and observers wondering what may come next in Los Angeles. With limited draft picks and second tier option now left on the free agency shelves, can Snead and Demoff bring in the necessary product?

Tale Of The Tape

When you talk about playing style and stature among the wide receiver position in the NFL, Washington’s Jamison Crowder and Los Angeles receiver Tavon Austin should be mentioned in the same conversation.

Is JuJu A Fit In Los Angeles?

Honesty is always best, and while Los Angeles is still shopping for a starting center, a glaring need for Jared Goff is someone to catch the football. With the big name wide receivers long gone from free agency, the 2017 NFL Draft provides some reasonable options for ‘sure hands’ this season.


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Do The Rams Need Veteran Depth At QB?

As Jared Goff embarks on season two, he’ll do so with seven games under his belt as a starter. Which is seven more than possible second string quarterback Sean Mannion and newly acquired Aaron Murray. Is L.A. making a mistake by having no veteran leadership at the quarterback position?

Cunningham Heads To Chicago

One of my favorite players last year was one of the most unheralded. Los Angeles said goodbye to running back Benny Cunningham the day they signed former Cowboy Lance Dunbar. For the record, I, like a lot of Rams fans will be sorry to see him go.

Has The Rams Offseason Moved The Needle

Last year at this time, the biggest questions swirling in Los Angeles was whether the Rams would take a quarterback in the middle of the first round of the 2016 draft, and could Case Keenum be “the guy.” The jury looks to be out on one of those decisions.

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