Jan 7, 2024; Santa Clara, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Ben Skowronek (18) warms up before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams releasing veteran WR Ben Skowronek

The Los Angeles Rams are releasing veteran wide receiver Ben Skowronek, NFL Network reported Thursday.

Skowronek, 26, appeared in all 17 games last season but managed only eight catches for 66 yards and one score.

He caught 58 passes for 575 yards and one TD in 45 games (12 starts) since the Rams drafted him in the seventh round in 2021.

In addition to stars Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua, the Rams’ receiver room includes Tutu Atwell, Tyler Johnson, Demarcus Robinson and 2024 sixth-round pick Jordan Whittington.

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Dec 31, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (17) runs for a touchdown against Los Angeles Rams linebacker Troy Reeder (59) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Rams re-sign linebacker Troy Reeder

The Los Angeles Rams on Thursday re-signed linebacker Troy Reeder, who started six games in 2023 in his second stint with the team.

Reeder, 29, played in all 17 regular-season games and totaled 23 tackles in 192 snaps on defense and 273 on special teams.

The Rams signed Reeder as an undrafted free agent in 2019. He played three seasons before joining the Los Angeles Chargers for the 2022 campaign before coming back to the Rams.

Reeder has 264 tackles, two interceptions, nine passes defended and three forced fumbles in 83 career games (31 starts).

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Aug 12, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA;   Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Tyler Johnson (14) is stopped by Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Michael Jacquet (39) after a first down in the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams bringing back WR Tyler Johnson

The Los Angeles Rams are re-signing wide receiver Tyler Johnson for the 2024 season, his agency Team IFA announced on social media Sunday.

Contract terms were not disclosed.

Johnson, 25, spent nearly all of last season on the Rams’ practice squad but played in the Week 18 game against the San Francisco 49ers. He caught two passes for eight yards and one touchdown.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had selected Johnson in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Minnesota. He played two seasons with the Bucs, starting six of 31 games played, and also appeared in two games with the Houston Texans in 2022.

Johnson has a total of 50 receptions for 537 yards and three touchdowns in 34 games (six starts) in his career.

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Bills receiver Emmanuel Sanders holds on to this pass behind Washington's Kamren Curl for a 5 yard touchdown.

Report: Rams signing S Kamren Curl to 2-year deal

The Los Angeles Rams are signing safety Kamren Curl to a two-year deal worth up to $13 million, per NFL Network.

The 25-year-old free agent spent the past four seasons with Washington, starting 53 of his 60 games.

Curl collected a career-high 115 tackles with one sack and one fumble recovery in 16 starts for the Commanders in 2023.

He had 385 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions during his time in Washington, which drafted him in the seventh round in 2020.

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Dec 17, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (15) gestures after a first down against the Washington Commanders in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rams, WR Demarcus Robinson agree on one-year contract

The Los Angeles Rams and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson agreed to terms Friday on a one-year contract.

The finances of the deal weren’t announced, but NFL Network reported that Robinson would get $5 million.

Robinson, 29, played his first season with the Rams in 2023 after signing a free-agent contract valued at $1,165,000, according to Spotrac. He caught 26 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games (four starts).

He caught a touchdown pass in four consecutive games from Dec. 3 to Dec. 21, then had six receptions for a season-high 92 yards in a Dec. 31 win over the New York Giants.

Robinson helped Los Angeles go 7-1 in its last eight regular-season games and became the 10th team in NFL history to advance to the playoffs after a 3-6 or worse start. He would have become an unrestricted free agent next month.

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Robinson in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has caught 219 passes for 2,508 yards and 20 touchdowns in his career playing for the Chiefs (2016-21), the Baltimore Ravens (2022) and the Rams.

In another move Friday, the Rams tendered a contract to exclusive rights free agent running back Ronnie Rivers.

Rivers, 25, rushed 32 times for 129 yards in nine games (one start) with Los Angeles last season, and he has totaled 150 yards on 41 attempts in 17 games (two starts) with Los Angeles since 2022. Rivers also has 10 career receptions for 51 yards.

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Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams linebackers coach Chris Shula against the Cincinnati Bengals during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams name seven newcomers to coaching staff

The Los Angeles Rams announced seven additions to their coaching staff under Sean McVay on Tuesday, as well as the official promotion of Chris Shula to defensive coordinator.

Shula, who was the Rams’ pass-rush coordinator and linebackers coach last season, has been on the team’s staff since 2017. The son of former Cincinnati Bengals head coach David Shula and grandson of Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, he landed his new position after Raheem Morris departed to take over as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

The defensive staff will undergo an overhaul, with Giff Smith announced as the defensive line coach/run game coordinator, while Greg Williams arrives as the inside linebackers coach.

Smith was the interim head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers last season after Brandon Staley was fired. Williams was the passing game coordinator for the Green Bay Packers last season after he was an NFL defensive coach since 2009 with four different teams.

Other new additions to the staff include John Streicher as game management coordinator, Rob Calabrese as an offensive assistant, Dave Ragone as quarterbacks coach, Chili Davis as assistant special teams coach and Nate Scheelhaase as an offensive assistant/pass game specialist.

Remaining with the staff under increased responsibilities is tight ends coach Nick Caley, who also will take on pass-game coordinator duties.

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Dec 21, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford leading Rams’ playoff push, while Giants sort out QB position

The Los Angeles Rams will take their late-season playoff push to the East Coast with a key matchup against the New York Giants on Sunday at East Rutherford, N.J.

The Rams enter with quarterback Matthew Stafford performing at a high level, while the Giants are in the midst of another QB change with Tyrod Taylor set to return into a starting role ahead of rookie Tommy DeVito.

The Rams (8-7) have won five of their last six games to climb out of a 3-6 hole and could clinch a playoff spot in Week 17 with a win and a Seattle Seahawks loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. A more indirect route is a Rams win and a tie in the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Packers.

Those scenarios were unthinkable when the Rams fell 20-3 to the Green Bay Packers in Week 9 when Stafford was out with a thumb injury. A well-placed bye week came next, followed by Stafford’s high-level play starting in a Week 11 victory over the Seahawks.

Over the past six games, Stafford has completed 65.1 percent of his passes for 1,578 yards, 15 touchdowns and two interceptions.

“We’ve had (high) stakes since we came back from the bye (and) we earned the opportunity to be at this point,” Stafford said. “Just proud of the way these guys have put their head down, gone to work, trusted each other, and it’s showing up.”

Two seasons after Stafford helped Cooper Kupp to the wide-receiver triple crown, he is on the verge of helping Puka Nacua to a pair of rookie records. Nacua needs to catch nine more passes for the rookie receptions record. He needs 128 receiving yards for the Super Bowl-era rookie record and 146 yards for the all-time rookie record.

Kupp has 22 of his 55 receptions over the past three games, while Nacua has 19 over the same span.

And there have been more Stafford throws to go around, with Demarcus Robinson delivering season-bests of six receptions and 82 yards in a 30-22 victory over the New Orleans Saints last Thursday. He has a TD reception in four consecutive games.

The Rams’ emerging defense has allowed an average of 18.2 points per game over the past five wins.

The Giants (5-10) were on a three-game winning streak before a pair of losses knocked them out of playoff contention. In a 33-25 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, Taylor replaced DeVito to open the second half and was 7 of 16 for 133 yards, one touchdown and one interception. DeVito was 9 of 16 for 55 yards.

“I try to stay as level as possible through the highs and the lows,” Taylor said. “Life is a rollercoaster. How you endure the storms and how you endure the ups and downs speaks to your character. So try to remain the same.”

Taylor was 1-1 during a pair of October starts, then left in the second quarter of a 13-10 loss to the Jets on Oct. 29 with an injury to his ribs that required an overnight stay in a hospital. New York finished with minus-9 passing yards that day in wet and windy conditions.

“I’ve been playing this game for a long time, and anytime I get a chance to lace up the cleats and go out and compete means the world to me,” Taylor said. “That’s where I’m the happiest, and it’s what I love to do.”

The Rams are as healthy as they have been all season, with defensive back Tre’Vius Tomlinson (hamstring) and offensive tackle Joe Noteboom (foot) missing practice Wednesday. Noteboom is likely to play.

For the Giants, defensive back Deonte Banks (shoulder), tight end Lawrence Cager (groin) and defensive linemen Dexter Lawrence (hamstring), A’Shawn Robinson (back) and Rakeem Nunez-Roches (knee) all were listed as “did not participate.” Running back Saquon Barkley (elbow) and wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson (quad) were limited.

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Nov 26, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) spits water out of his mouth against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams DT Aaron Donald (groin) questionable vs. Commanders

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been downgraded to questionable for the home game Sunday against the Washington Commanders due to groin tightness.

Donald has started all 13 games for the Rams, collecting 43 tackles, six sacks and 13 tackles for loss, and 21 quarterback hits. Last season, he played in only 11 games because of injury.

He is a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, seven-time first-team All-Pro, and he was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, 2018 and 2020.

The Rams (6-7) also list right tackle Rob Havenstein (groin) and wide receiver Tutu Atwell (concussion) as questionable.

The Commanders (4-9) earlier this week ruled out running back Brian Robinson (hamstring), defensive end James Smith-Williams (hamstring) and tight end Curtis Hodges (back).

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Dec 3, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Rob Havenstein (79) reacts after the game against the Cleveland Browns at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rams RT Rob Havenstein departs with hip injury

Three key members of the Los Angeles Rams’ offense are dealing with injuries that occurred in the first half of their road game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Veteran right tackle Rob Havenstein is dealing with a hip injury and was ruled questionable to return. Wide receiver Tutu Atwell was upended on a pass play near the sideline in the second quarter and is being evaluated for a concussion.

Those injuries came in addition to a knee injury for tight end Hunter Long, who was taken from the field on a motorized cart. Long had been expected to get heavy playing time with starting tight end Tyler Higbee (neck) not active Sunday.

The Rams still were able to forge a 20-17 first-half lead against one of the top teams in the NFL in the 9-3 Ravens.

With an opportunity at tight end after Long was injured, Rams rookie tight end Davis Allen had his first career touchdown reception on a 7-yard pass from Matthew Stafford.

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Nov 19, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams place kicker Lucas Havrisik (8) kicks a field goal in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rams still mulling move of K Mason Crosby to active roster

The Los Angeles Rams appear ready to stay the course at kicker on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens despite signing veteran Mason Crosby to the practice squad this week.

“We haven’t decided that yet,” Rams head coach Sean McVay said Friday of possibly promoting Crosby to the 53-man roster. “More than likely we probably will not go that direction. But we’ll see.”

Crosby was a likely replacement for rookie kicker Lucas Havrisik, who has gone 7 of 10 on field-goal attempts in five games since taking over from Brett Maher. Despite a strong leg, Havrisik’s kicks have drifted to the right in recent weeks and he has missed two field goals in the last two games.

The Rams (6-6) signed Crosby on Wednesday. A free agent since making 25 of 29 field goals with the Green Bay Packers in 2022, Crosby worked out for the Rams on Oct. 25, but Los Angeles signed Havrisik, 24, off the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad instead.

Crosby, 39, kicked for the Packers from 2007-22 and is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer (1,918 points). Crosby ranks 13th in NFL history with 395 made field goals.

McVay also said that tight end Tyler Higbee will be listed as doubtful heading into the weekend after he received a neck stinger in last Sunday’s victory over the Browns.

Outside linebackers Michael Hoecht (knee) and Byron Young (knee) are listed as questionable, as is defensive back/safety Quentin Lake (hamstring). All three will be limited in practice Friday.

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