Friday, June 16, 2017

Rams add Michael Dunn (University of Maryland), Greg Robinson Traded, LA Coliseum Video Boards, LGBT Pride, Gerald Everett, Cooper Kupp, and John Johnson...the Los Angeles Rams Weekly!

The Los Angeles Coliseum's two video boards have been removed, with new ones installed nearby, high up in the bleachers on each side.
Rams, new and old, gathered at the Coliseum. Last event before training camp.
Rams Support LGBT Pride with Venice Lights
During the month of June, the historic Venice sign will light up the night with rainbow colors in support of equality. The colored lights will shine as a symbol of inclusion over Venice Beach, CA.

The Los Angeles Rams have joined Venice Pride as a sponsor and have adopted 14 blue lights in the "C" letter of the VENICE sign for the 2nd annual pride celebration.

From the Los Angeles Blade:

We are proud to work with Venice Pride and to stand in alignment with the LGBT community that is such an important part of the fabric of Los Angeles. Inclusion has always been a valued part of our organization and we see this as a unique way to publicly celebrate the diversity that makes this community so special. - Rams VP of Community Affairs Molly Higgins

The kickoff ceremony will take place on June 2 for Venice Pride Sign Lighting and Block Party.

More information can be found at VenicePride.org
Rams Announce Gameday Changes at Coliseum
Over the past year, the Los Angeles Rams have received feedback from ticketholders about how to improve the gameday experience at the Coliseum. The team is grateful for this and is working with USC to implement some of these suggestions.  More information will be rolled out in the coming weeks, but here are some updates.

Changes to Gamedays at the Coliseum
The Coliseum is undergoing the first year of renovations to improve the in-stadium experience. The first change this year is new video boards in the east end zone corners that will greatly enhance the in-game features and entertainment. 


Using learnings from last year, the Rams will implement better concession operations including a new food and beverage area for all fans at Gate 28, opposite the Corona Beach House at Gate 1, as well as sourcing more of the most popular food and beverage items in more locations throughout the Coliseum.

Fans may still bring two factory-sealed water bottles per person into the Coliseum. 


Additionally, in response to fan feedback, guests may now bring in seat cushions for Rams games, as long as those seat cushions have no metal, pockets or compartments.

Ticket Exchange Price Floors Removed
Previously, tickets sold on the Rams official resale marketplace, NFL Ticket Exchange, were subject to a minimum price equal to the season ticket member price. Given marketplace fluctuations, fans have asked that the price floor be removed so that they can sell at any price as they do on other ticket resale marketplaces. In response to this feedback, we made the change for the 2017 season. 

NFL Ticket Exchange is the safest place to resell Rams tickets and ensures that if someone using your tickets does something to deserve ejection from the stadium, that we know it was not you.

Please visit TheRams.com/Tickets to purchase seats.

Rams Sign Everett, Kupp, and Johnson
 
The Rams took care of some remaining offseason business on Friday, signing draftees Gerald Everett, Cooper Kupp, and John Johnson.

Across the NFL, different teams go through various ways of having all of their draft picks sign their first rookie contract. Some like to get it done as soon as possible, having many of the players sign during the weekend of rookie minicamp. Others spread out the relatively simple process throughout Phase II and Phase III of the offseason program.

Los Angeles took care of their second and third-round picks on Friday. Here’s what Everett, Kupp, and Johnson had to say upon putting pen to paper.

TIGHT END GERALD EVERETT
You've said that you have already fallen in love with the organization. What’s made you fall in love with it? "Just the area, and the coaches — the entire environment. It’s the love that’s around this place, with us just coming back to L.A. from St. Louis. And I just fell in love with this place. And just the scheme of things — of course, myself being a tight end, and just the way we use the position. I just don’t see anything but positivity."

WIDE RECEIVER COOPER KUPP
What does it mean to you to be a L.A. Ram? "This is incredible. One, my wife loves it down here. I trained down here in Irvine. She loves it down here in SoCal — loves soaking up the sun. So, ‘Happy wife, happy life.’ So that’s a good thing for me already. 

"And just to be a part of this program, guys that I grew up watching — Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, Kurt Warner, some of these guys who were just incredible football players. And now being able to be a part of this organization is an incredible feeling."

SAFETY JOHN JOHNSON
Is there someone thought about when you signed your first contract? "Definitely my mother and my father. They’ve stuck with me throughout the whole process, coming out of high school, going to college. And to pay them back for all the sacrifices they made for me, it’ll be great."

Rams Add Two Offensive Linemen After Minicamp
The Los Angeles Rams rounded out their 90-man roster with the addition of a pair of offensive linemen the team announced today.

Players Signed:
·      OL Michael Dunn, Maryland
·      OL Alex Kozan, Auburn

Michael Dunn joins the team after spending five years at Maryland. As a senior in 2016, Dunn started 11 games including 10 starts at the left tackle position. The 6-5, 300 lbs. lineman, helped RB helped Ty Johnson become the ninth 1,000-yard rusher in Maryland history.

Alex Kozan rejoins the Rams after spending part of the 2017 offseason program with the organization. The Auburn product played and started 40 consecutive games in his time as a Tiger. In games started by Kozan, Auburn’s offense averaged 269.0 rushing yards and 441.5 yards of total offense.

The team also waived QB Dylan Thompson and traded OL Greg Robinson to the Lions for a 2018 draft pick.

The Rams concluded their offseason program on Wednesday. The team’s roster now stands at the league-mandated 90 players.

Rams Training Camp Presented by AT&T to Begin July 29 at UC Irvine
Los Angeles Rams Training Camp Presented by AT&T is set to return to the campus of University of California, Irvine and will begin on Saturday, July 29.

Rookies will report to camp on Wednesday, July 26, followed by the veterans on Friday, July 28. Training camp practices will then kick off on Saturday, July 29.

The complete schedule and full details about camp will be announced at a later date.
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