Rams fourth-round G/C Barrett Jones (Lisfranc surgery) is expected to be held out until training camp.
"He may be 80 percent at OTAs and things like that, but mentally and everything else considered, he'll be fine by the time camp starts," coach Jeff Fisher said. Jones (6-foot-4, 306) could compete for the Rams' left guard job, but he projects better as a backup at both guard and center.
The Rams envision third-round WR Stedman Bailey as their replacement for Brandon Gibson.
Gibson had been a starter in recent years, but the Rams never viewed him as more than a No. 3 or No. 4 wideout. Bailey will compete for fourth receiver duties as a rookie, behind Brian Quick, Tavon Austin, and Chris Givens. He can also returns kicks and punts. Bailey is unlikely to be a fantasy factor in 2013.
New Rams WR Tavon Austin expects to get snaps out of the backfield this season in addition to playing slot receiver and returning kicks.
The Rams plan to use Austin as a movable chess piece, a la Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb. "They showed me all the positions that I did when I played for Coach (Dana) Holgorsen," Austin said, referring to his college coach. "They're going to use me in the backfield. Coach Fisher talked to me about special teams, and I'm definitely a slot receiver. So, they definitely have a plan for me." Austin rushed 62 times for 643 yards last season, and famously torched Oklahoma for 344 yards on 21 carries. He'll be a fantasy threat from day one.
Rams re-signed exclusive rights free agent TE Mike McNeill to a one-year, $555,000 contract.
The 2011 undrafted free agent appeared in 14 games last season, catching four passes while playing 155 snaps, primarily as a blocker. He'll have to re-earn his roster spot this summer.
Rams signed Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen.
Lutzenkirchen (6-foot-3 1/4, 258) managed just 15 receptions for 139 yards (9.3 YPR) and no scores as a senior, missing the final six games with a hip injury that required surgery. A plodding H-back type, Lutzenkirchen ran a 4.94 forty at the Combine and a 4.98 at his Pro Day. He'll compete for a special teams role.
The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero heard from "multiple places" that the Dolphins offered Jake Long more money than the Rams.
Long signed a four-year, $34 million deal with the Rams that included $16 million guaranteed. "More money" can be a subjective term in the NFL because of the labyrinth manner in which most contracts are structured, but it would be extremely surprising if Long took less guaranteed money from the Rams than the Dolphins were offering. The only logical explanation would be an extreme disconnect with the Dolphins' front office.
The Post-Dispatch projects Brian Quick and Chris Givens as the Rams' starting outside receivers.
Tavon Austin is locked into the slot and Jared Cook will be shifted all over the formation as a "move" tight end. Austin Pettis, Stedman Bailey and Lance Kendricks will be talented reserves. "We're going to lobby with the league to see if we can play with more than one ball," coach Jeff Fisher joked. Although Quick is likely to start, his Dynasty arrow is pointing down. The Rams acquired some serious pass-catching talent this offseason.