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  • Donald Involved In Fight At Rams-Raiders Practice, Peters Gives Obscene Gesture

    Aaron Donald involved in fight at Raiders-Rams joint practice; Marcus Peters gives obscene gesture to Oakland fans

    Punches were thrown at the combined practice between the Raiders and Rams, with Rams head coach Sean McVay stepping in

    by Jeff Kerr 21 hrs ago • 1 min read

    The Oakland Raiders are already making headlines in training camp as the NFL's featured team on Hard Knocks. If the Antonio Brown offseason saga prior to Oakland's decision to acquire him via trade wasn't already enough, the star wide receiver has since suffered severe frostbite after not wearing the proper footwear in a cryotherapy machine.

    Another day, another story coming out of Raiders camp. Just 30 minutes into the combined practice session, Raiders and Los Angeles Rams players were throwing punches for a brief period before Rams head coach Sean McVay ran onto the field to break it up. Both teams resumed practice shortly after.
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    Raiders offensive tackle Tyler Roemer was in the middle of the fight, per Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. Another scuffle involved Raiders right guard Gabe Jacksonand Rams All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

    This is significant because reports later surfaced Jackson was carted off after failing to put pressure on his one of his legs. Jackson's injury appeared to have occurred during a team session. Jackson allowed five sacks last season, which was fifth among guards. He allowed 23 hurries and one quarterback hit in 540 pass-blocking snaps last season. Former 2016 undrafted free agent Denver Kirkland replaced Jackson as Oakland's first-team right guard in practice.

    Later in the practice, Bair tweeted the Raiders fans attending camp heckled Rams cornerback Marcus Peters, who responded with the middle finger, then some choice words for the fans. Peters yelled at a heckling fan with a profanity-laced tirade during the Rams' 30-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last year, so this isn't his first incident.

    Regardless of Jackson's injury and the peters aftermath, the Raiders fight with the Rams will surely be on Hard Knocks in the coming weeks.

  • #2
    AD is just feisty. The BEST among many an NFL DL.

    Peters is just nasty. ...When will he learn ! ! !

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    • #3
      At present, I'm ok with this being Peters' last year. I actually hope he gets a monster ufa contract somewhere else so that the Rams get some nice credits in the compensatory department. With Rapp Weddle & Johnson manning the back end. Rams can easily afford to use the next draft on getting some more CB help if David Long doesn't progress well. To be honest, given Talib's age & contract, I'll bet they early pick a cb no matter what.

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      • #4
        Class act.....that Marcus Peter's is ...…..

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        • #5
          There's no excuse for being obscene towards fans, but let's be honest, the Raiders are a classless organization and Gruden loves this stuff because it amps up the players. I'm hoping we get out of this game tonight with no serious injuries, which to me is more important than the score. Peters probably gets more emotional because he's from Oakland.

          Regardless of whether they extend Peters or not, I agree with KoaKoi that they pick a CB, day 1 or 2 of the next draft.

          Go Rams!

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          • Nick
            As Rams gear up for minicamp, Aaron Donald seems unlikely to suit up
            by Nick
            As Rams gear up for minicamp, Aaron Donald seems unlikely to suit up
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            Players paraded through the Rams’ Thousand Oaks practice facility Monday, taping television and in-game stadium promos and posing for media-guide portraits.

            Aaron Donald was not among them.

            As the Rams prepare for the start of a mandatory minicamp Tuesday, all indications are that Donald, embroiled in a contract dispute that dates to 2017, will not attend.

            Last year, after sitting out organized-team activities, the star defensive tackle attended the mandatory minicamp but did not participate in drills. By attending, he avoided slightly more than $80,000 in fines.

            But this year, the financial penalty probably won’t factor into the decision for the reigning NFL defensive player of the year, a four-year veteran capable of resetting the market for players other than quarterbacks.

            Donald, 27, is scheduled to earn about $6.9 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract.

            Neither the Rams nor Donald’s representatives have commented publicly about his desired salary figure or range. Donald, however, is thought to be seeking a deal that will pay him in excess of $20 million per season. That would not only make him the highest-paid defensive player in history, but would also put him in the company of highly compensated quarterbacks.

            The Rams have leverage: If they don’t eventually come to terms with Donald this season, they could put the franchise tag on him in each of the next two.

            And if Donald does not report to training camp at least 30 days before the Sept. 10 season opener against the Oakland Raiders, he would lose the opportunity to accrue a year toward unrestricted free agency.

            Coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead have said they were in communication with Donald’s agents, but neither side has expressed publicly that they are close to working out a deal.

            McVay said last week he would speak with Donald regarding the minicamp.

            “I know we’ll have an idea based on whether it’s ‘OK, I’m not going to come until there’s a resolution,’ or ‘I will be there,’ ” McVay said.

            Donald is not the only marquee player staying away from an NFL minicamp because of a contract situation.

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            by Nick
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            The Rams defense is a star-laden unit that features defensive linemen Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh among others.

            And as they prepared for Monday night’s season opener against the Oakland Raiders, the Rams were working last week to add another piece: Khalil Mack.

            Kevin Demoff, the Rams’ executive vice president of football operations, said Wednesday that the Rams made inquiries with the Raiders about trading for Mack, the star outside linebacker who was dealt to the Chicago Bears on Saturday for two first-round draft picks, a third-round pick and a sixth-round pick.

            Demoff declined to specify what the Rams offered the Raiders for the 2016 NFL defensive player of the year, who signed a $141-million extension with the Bears the day after Donald signed a $135-million extension with the Rams.

            “We offered a pretty aggressive package and they came back and said, ‘We just think you’re going to pick too low,’ ” Demoff said about the Rams’ potential pick in the 2019 draft.

            The Raiders also might have been wary of facing Mack in the season opener before a fan base angry about the team’s decision to trade a star who had held out for an extension.

            The Rams finished 11-5 last season. They had the No. 23 pick in the 2018 draft before trading it to the New England Patriots for receiver Brandin Cooks.

            The Rams are regarded as one of the Super Bowl favorites. A deep run into the playoffs might leave them picking in the high 20s or 30s in the first round of the 2019 draft.

            Raiders coach Jon Gruden, in his second stint with the franchise, said trading Mack and “everything we do here” was for the “betterment” of the Raiders.

            “No decisions are ever easy — that was a tough one,” Gruden said during a teleconference with reporters. “We didn't want to lose him, but we had our reasons.”

            Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001. He is coaching for the first time since he was fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2008 season.

            “We’ve got to turn this team around,” Gruden said. “We’ve got to get this team built back to where we can compete for championships.

            “It was that way in 1998 and it's that way 20 years later. We’ve got to put this train back on the track and we’ve tried to assemble the right guys to get us started. We’ll see where we are on Monday night.”


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          • r8rh8rmike
            Rams' Peters is fine with paying the penalty for celebration, Donald fined too
            by r8rh8rmike
            Rams' Marcus Peters is fine with paying the penalty for celebration in Week 1. Donald fined too

            By GARY KLEIN
            SEP 14, 2018 | 5:00 PM

            It cost him more than $13,000, but Marcus Peters said it was worth it.

            Aaron Donald probably didn’t like his bill for about $20,000, but with a $131-million extension he can afford it.

            Both Rams players were fined Friday for actions during the season-opening victory over the Oakland Raiders.

            Peters was fined for his celebration, which featured him grabbing his crotch, after he intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown.

            Donald was fined for a late hit on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

            Peters, an Oakland native, provided an exclamation point to the 33-13 victory at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum when he picked off a Carr pass and ran 50 yards to the end zone. He leaped into the air and grabbed his crotch before falling to the turf.

            “Lot of money,” Peters said Friday of the fine, “and it was worth it.”

            After the game, Peters said he went “BeastMode” for his celebration as an homage to Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, who like Peters grew up in Oakland and had been fined for similar celebrations.

            Peters said Friday that Lynch was his cousin and that the celebration was “paying respect” and a symbol of “loving the game.” He also said that it might have been the last time to celebrate in Oakland because the Raiders are scheduled to move to Las Vegas after the 2019 season.

            “No better way to go out in Oakland,” he said, adding, “It was something that was well-deserved for the hometown.”

            Rams coach Sean McVay supported Peters. “He’s got a close relationship with Marshawn — this was something that he had discussed with him before, if he was going to be able to make a play like that,” McVay said. “So, I think it was a good way for those guys to kind of have an inside joke, laughing about it.

            “I think it was all in fun and lighthearted. That was kind of how we looked at it and how I look at it.”

            McVay said he was not concerned about players straying outside the bounds of his expectations.

            “If it’s something that truly hurts our football team with regards to the behavior and decisions we’re making in a game that’s a totally different deal,” he said, adding, “There’s a way of kind of balancing, when is it taking it too far, and we certainly don’t think that was something that was taken too far.”

            Donald did not appear to be targeting Carr in an overly aggressive manner when he hit him Monday night. But he acknowledged that it was a low hit.

            “Not much you can do when you’re falling,” he told reporters after the game. “But it is what it is.”

            On Thursday, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said Donald recorded a sack, “but it was too low.”

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          • r8rh8rmike
            Sebastian Joseph-Day aims to tackle starting job on Rams defense
            by r8rh8rmike
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            Donald, the two-time NFL defensive player of the year, and Brockers, a seven-year veteran, invited younger Rams teammates to join them for the hands-on seminar in Las Vegas hosted by Miller, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl most valuable player for the Denver Broncos.

            Joseph-Day could hardly believe his good fortune.

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            “There was so much information,” Joseph-Day said. “New techniques, from breaking down offensive linemen. ... Telling the difference between run and pass, like clues, and then keys that certain guys use to give them hints.

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            The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Joseph-Day spent most of the first week of training camp lining up between Donald and Brockers as the starting nose tackle, putting him on track to possibly start the Sept. 8 season opener at the Carolina Panthers.

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            Joseph-Day was seeing opportunity, and seizing it, Phillips said.

            “He’s been really solid,” Phillips said. “He’s very strong and a very powerful guy. He’s got size and he’s working hard at it.”

            Joseph-Day is not resting on his first-week performance.

            “I look at it as a day-by-day thing,” he said. “Seize it that day. That’s the approach I have. That’s the approach I always have.”

            Last week, Joseph-Day got plenty of reps in joint practices with the Chargers. This week, he will gain more experience in workouts with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday and Thursday in Napa.

            The Rams play the Raiders in a preseason game Saturday, but it remains to be seen which players coach Sean McVay holds out. Established starters will not play.

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          • Nick
            Rams will have clear training camp plan for Donald
            by Nick
            Rams will have clear training camp plan for Donald
            Thursday, Mar 28, 2019 10:25 AM
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            Does Aaron Donald really need training camp?

            It’s a fair question since the defensive tackle has won back-to-back AP Defensive Player of the Year awards without being around the team in August. In fact, Donald played only 14 games back in 2017 — missing Week 1 and Week 17 — and was nevertheless named the league’s best defensive player that season.

            But after a year where Donald set a franchise record and a league record for interior linemen with 20.5 sacks, he’s now expected to attend training camp in 2019 — for the first time since Sean McVay took over as head coach.

            So that’s going to be a change for McVay, who said at this week's league meetings that the Rams are going to have to be “smart” about crafting a summer plan for Donald.

            “Aaron’s such a great competitor, but then also he can ruin a practice if you’re trying to have some offensive production,” McVay said Tuesday morning before joking, “But Aaron better be there in training camp.”

            “But we talk about those things all the time,” McVay continued. “We always monitor our players. But specific to a guy like Aaron, who pushes himself — I think it’ll be great to get that work earlier than what he’s gotten the last couple years. And he’s got a specific process that clearly has helped him.”

            “Clearly has helped him” to the tune of 31.5 sacks, 40 tackles for loss, 68 quarterback hits, and nine forced fumbles over the last two regular seasons.

            And yet, McVay said even Donald would note that training camp does serve a purpose, and might even be able to help the famed defensive tackle.

            “I think what he would tell you that’s been really unique just talking to Aaron is, you can’t truly mimic and emulate putting pads on, playing in a game-like setting,” McVay said. “And I think we will take a very similar approach to what we did in the preseason. So I think for us, it’s how can you find a way to create those competitive environments while minimizing the risk of injury. So I don’t think you’ll see him play in the preseason, but we’ll try to create those settings in practice and practice against some different different teams that we play — like what we did with Baltimore. We’ll look to really take advantage of those situations as much as possible.”

            Los Angeles has announced only one preseason date so far — Aug. 17 against the Cowboys in Hawaii. The rest should be announced in the next couple weeks, along with the regular-season schedule.
            -03-30-2019, 06:10 AM
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