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Rams' Donald feeling 'fresher' than usual after sitting out training camp

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times on

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Donald's contract status continues to loom. He is earning $1.8 million this season and is scheduled to earn about $6.9 million in 2018.

But Donald and his agents are believed to be seeking a new deal that would make him the highest paid defensive player in the NFL, and more.

Donald reiterated that his representatives were handling the situation.

"We going to see at the end of the year, or if something happens, something happens," he said. "If not, we'll see what happens after that."

Building block

The splash play against the Giants came on long touchdown pass from Jared Goff.

But receiver Sammy Watkins also continues to make his presence felt on the Rams' high-scoring offense with an overlooked part of his skill set: blocking.

Watkins, the fourth pick in the 2014 draft, blocked one defender and shielded teammate Robert Woods from another on Wood's 52-yard catch-and-run touchdown against the Giants. In the previous game against the Arizona Cardinals, Watkins made a key block on a third-down pass play to Todd Gurley, and also on a catch-and-run touchdown by receiver Cooper Kupp.

"It's just great to just go out there and show that, 'Hey man, I'm not just this guy that wants the ball 10 times a game. I'm not this first-round, whatever, fourth pick that just can run routes,'" Watkins said. "I can also block, knocks guys down. An all-around player."

Watkins, 24, was expected by some to ascend into the No. 1 receiver role after the Rams traded for him during training camp. But he is fourth on the team with 19 catches for 331 yards and three touchdowns.

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