Breaking down new-look Rams: Suh boosts defense; Cooks refines offense

The Los Angeles Rams’ response to a long-awaited breakthrough season in 2017 has been a Hollywood marquee-worthy 2018 Womens Christian Hackenberg Jersey offseason.
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After going 11-5 and winning the NFC West for the first time in 14 years thanks to rookie coach Sean McVay getting the best out of the offense, the Rams went to work in upgrading their defense. Six new starters are projected to flank stud lineman Aaron Donald, as the team acquired tackle Ndamukong Suh and cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib to be key personnel in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme.

McVay and general manager Les Snead did not forget to make a splash on the other side of the ball. They traded for former Saints and Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks late in free agency.

Cooks and Woods are more interchangeable than Watkins and Woods were when it comes to their hands and skills after the catch. With Josh Reynolds, who once was tabbed as Watkins’ possible replacement, coming off shoulder surgery, Cooks is a luxury born out of necessity. His quickness will give McVay new ways to stretch the passing game.

Cooper Kupp, who was outstanding from the slot as a rookie last season, is a few months older than Cooks. Their styles cross well, especially on pivot routes, which are staples of the Rams and Patriots’ offenses in which Kupp and Cooks excelled separately in 2017. This year, when spreading the field against man coverage, the Rams will be harder to stop.

Jones’ stats look similar to what they were when he signed his latest extension. His contract still ranks high among wide receivers in many key metrics, including annual value per year (eighth), first-year cash (fourth), three-year cash flow (seventh) and guarantees (third). And because he has three contract years remaining and free agency is not a concern, it’s Mike Vernon Jersey even more difficult to understand Jones’ ultimate goal with a holdout.

While the WR market has not changed dramatically, there has been a small shift this offseason in which lesser players (Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry, Davante Adams) signed contracts that carry a higher average per year than that of Jones. The Falcons’ star certainly can make the case that he is better than those players.

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