St. Louis Rams

Rams taking on Redskins team that helped them build toward better future

If nothing else, St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher as a sense of humor.

A year ago when the Rams faced the Washington Redskins, Fisher sent out “captains” for the pregame coin toss who all just happened to be acquired with draft picks resulting from the 2012 trade that allowed Washington to select quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Will Fisher resort to similar insider tactics again Sunday when the Redskins play host to a Rams team looking to go 2-0 for the first time since 2001?

“Probably going to be the captains that were elected by their teammates. Since you guys didn’t notice it last year anyways,” Fisher said with a smile.

While “RGIII” was inactive last week with Kirk Cousins replacing him as the starting quarterback, the Rams are still receiving dividends from that landmark trade.

The Rams picked up four starters and one of their better receivers in the February 2012 deal that saw the Redskins pay a heavy price to draft Griffin.

The Rams picked up Washington’s first-round picks in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and also a second-round pick in 2012. Along with additional trades that led to eight draft picks, here’s the final bounty for the Rams:

▪  Defensive tackle Michael Brockers (first round, 2012)

▪  Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (second round, 2012)

▪ Linebacker Alec Ogletree (first round, 2013)

▪  Offensive tackle Greg Robinson (first round 2014)

▪  Wide receiver Stedman Bailey (third round 2013)

▪  Running back Isaiah Pead (second round 2012)

▪  Running back Zac Stacy (fifth round 2013; now with New York Jets)

▪  Offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins (fifth round 2012; free agent)

The trade helped revamp the roster, with the Rams building from the defensive side first with early picks before turning to running back and offensive line help in the 2015 draft.

“It had a lot to do with it,” Fisher said. “Just particularly because of our needs early on once we got here. The trade certainly helped us and we benefited from it. You look at your roster, go into this year’s draft and it’s an opportunity to build your offensive line.

“Not that we saved that for last, but we just didn’t have any other options there other than try to plug people in. So now we’ve got a young group that we think is going to grow together.”

Veteran linebacker James Laurinaitis needs eight tackles Sunday to surpass Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen and become the Rams’ all-time leading tackler.

SUNDAY’S GAME: noon; Fox Channel 2, WXOS-FM 101.1

LAST WEEK: Rams beat Seattle 34-31 in overtime; Redskins lost 17-10 to Miami.

LAST MEETING: Rams beat the Redskins 24-0 at FedEx Field in 2014; Redskins lead the all-time series 24-13-1.

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