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Rams ‘fielded a lot of calls’ from teams before trade deadline

This year, the NFL trade deadline didn’t just come and go without anyone batting an eye the way it typically does. There were several high-profile trades involving the likes of Jay Ajayi, Duane Brown, Jimmy Garopppolo and Kelvin Benjamin.

To be honest, it was one of the wildest trade deadlines we’ve ever seen, and it was a thrill to watch. For those who are strictly Rams fans, however, it probably wasn’t very exciting.

Los Angeles was inactive (as many teams were) leading up to Tuesday’s deadline with not a single rumor connecting the Rams to another player. That wasn’t by accident, either. At 5-2 and being one of the healthiest teams in the NFL, the Rams weren’t interested in making any deals.

That didn’t stop teams from calling Les Snead about his players, though. Sean McVay said Wednesday that the Rams fielded a lot of calls about their players with regards to potential deals. McVay obviously didn’t disclose which players were discussed, but it’s certainly interesting that so many teams were seemingly interested in L.A.’s roster.

“Yeah, I think Les fielded a lot of calls where it was more people reaching out to us about our players,” McVay said Wednesday. “I think for us, we’ve been so fortunate with the injuries and then where we’re at as a team, we don’t feel like, knock on wood, that you’re really looking to add some depth to a spot because we’ve done such a good job with our players staying healthy.”

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Coming out of the bye, the Rams only had one major injury concern, and calling it “major” might even be a stretch. John Sullivan left their Week 7 game with a knee injury and remained out of Wednesday’s practice. Other than that, the Rams might just be the healthiest team in the NFL.

As a result, their depth remains strong with guys like Austin Blythe, Cody Davis and Tyrunn Walker filling in nicely throughout the season. With that being the case, why would the Rams give up draft picks when there aren’t really any holes to be filled?

That was Snead and McVay’s thought process.

“We both agreed that where we’re at right now and the players that we have that we’re counting on and that are playing for us, we feel really good about moving forward and let’s continue on with that and not feel like you’ve got to do anything because of an injury or things like that that some of the teams you might have seen make a move,” McVay said.

This is one of the rare seasons in which the Rams are legitimate contenders deep into the schedule. At 5-2 and tied for first in the NFC West, there’s no reason to believe they can’t make the postseason down the stretch – especially with the level of talent they have on both offense and defense.


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