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Rams on the rebound?

Posted on: August 7, 2010 10:33 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2010 1:42 am
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Granted they have a rookie as their best option at qb in Sam Bradford, and a not very impressive mentor in A.J. Feeley and Keith Null as the 3rd qb. Bradford should start day one and will improve this team at qb but will take a lot of hits behind a very questionable offensive line.

The running game is solid with Stephen Jackson hitting who rushed for 1,416 yards but had only 4 tds, he added 51 rec. for 322 yards. His main back-up is Kenneth Darby who rushed for 152 yards last season adding another 96 rec. yards. with the depth behind him being Chris Ogbonnaya, and Samkon Gado both bigger backs more in the mold of Jackson.

2nd round pick OT Rodger Saffold will try to improve the starting rotation replacing Alex Barron, with Free agent signee Hank Fraley who will play left guard. Center Jason Brown returns to start again this season, with right guard Jacob Bell, right tackle Adam Goldberg will try and improve on last season.

Tight End got an overhaul with draft picks in the 5th round TE Michael Hoomanawanui, and 6th round TE Fendi Onubun, resigned Daniel Fells who started 4 games and caught 21 rec. for 273 yards and 3 tds, Darcy Johnson was signed from the Giants, Randy McMichael signed with the Chargers, Billy Bajema returns to compete for the starting job in a basically 5 man race.

Wide Reciever:Donnie Avery had the 2nd most rec. on the team with 47 rec. behind only Steven Jackson with 51. 2nd year reciever Danny Amendola caught 43 rec. for 326 yards and will line up in the slot a lot. rookie 4th round pick Marty Gilyard will compete with last season's part time starter Brandon Gibson a 3rd year reciever who caught 34 passes last season for 348 yards, and Keenan Burton for the starting job next to Avery. Laurent Robinson will get the shot to contribute if he ever gets healthy. Jordan Kent is the 6th reciever. They need a number 1 reciever to emerge from the pack along with guys to compliment him. However the tight end spot needs a viable threat and although I think Fells will develop into that threat this season he isn't that guy yet.

Spagnulo started to shape his defense by trading for Bears defensive back Kevin Payne who is just 2 years removed from 16 starts with 88 tackles 7 tipped passes, 1 sack, and 4 ints. Signed CB Kevin Dockery from the Giants to compete with Quincy Butler.

Na'il Diggs was signed from Carolina after a poor season statistically. resigned Clifton Ryan, and Gary Gibson presumably the starting defensive tackles besides the free agent signee Fred Robbins also from the Giants.

Resigned:
CB Quincy Butler
DE Victor Adeyanju
DE James Hall
OLB David Vobora
SS Craig Dahl
FS David Roach
DE C.J. Ah You
and of course free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe who got a longer deal like he wanted.

3 draft picks:
5th round Hall Davis a former basketball player who is trying to start a football career is going to try and crack the rotation at defensive end. Many think he is a developmental prospect who will eventually play a large role in the defense.

6th round Eugene Sims will also try his hand at defensive end but at 6'6 235 he may move to linebacker in time.

7th round picks: DE George Selvie was very productive in college and is expected to be another young developmental pass rusher for this Rams defense lacking playmakers.

LB Josh Hull will add depth at outside linebacker as well as playing on special teams.

The defensive end battle is one to watch. Chris Long has a hold on one position but the other will be a competition between James Hall, Victor Adeyanju, and Cj Ah You.

Defensive tackle Fred Robbins will rotate with Clifton Ryan, and Gary Gibson who both started games last season after veteran Chris Hovan was placed on IR. LaJuan Ramsey was cut. Darrell Scott the 2nd year player who started 5 games will likely be the 4th tackle on the roster come game 1.

Linebacker is potentially the best line-up it's been since the superbowl run. James Laurinaitis the 2nd year middle linebacker returns after starting 16 games his rookie year racking up 120 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 tipped passes, 2 ints, and 1 forced fumble.

Outside they have Na'Il Diggs who will compete with David Vobora while Bobby Carpenter will start on the strongside. Carpenter will bring size, and strength to the line-up that is lacking in size.

Corner isn't a strength and could use some more depth despite adding Kevin Dockery to compete with Quincy Butler last season's nickelback for the starting job While Ronald Bartell, starts on the other side. 3rd round pick Jerome Murphy will try and play his way into that competition this training camp as well. However none of these guys are shut down type players. Bradley Fletcher, and Justin King are the 5th and 6th guys here.
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Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 12:11 am
 

Rams on the rebound?

What do you think of Billy Bajema? He had a great game a couple of weeks ago, 2 TD's, I mean, he's good! Nobody notices him, though. 



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2010 5:29 pm
 

Rams on the rebound?

Honestly I think we gave up Brandon Gibson way too early in his career. We could've easily given up a guy like Reggie Brown who eventually was traded anyway. Witherspoon was a bust last season either way so I guess it doesn't matter either way. However for the first time in years I'm quite happy with the recievers the Eagles have. Jason Avant, Jeremy Maclin, and DeSean Jackson all are threats in their own way. However last season alone Gibson showed he could have been a very big impact as a 4th reciever over the guys they have competing right now in Hank Baskett, or Kelley Washington. But then again I unfortunely do not control the front office otherwise that kid would've stuck. But then again i thought they cut Kevin Curtis too quick also, and I can't explain why Darren Howard was released.

On a side not sorry about missing Smith at tackle can't believe i missed that. It sounds like A.J. Feeley is the starter this season though. I'm sorry Rams fans. We saw in Philly he had some promise, but watched in Miami what will happen with out a tremendous supporting cast. I like their move for Brian Westbrook. He may be toward the end of his career but he is a perfect compliment to Stephen Jackson, and I think the Rams will use him in a lot of different ways to make he most out of this move.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2010 5:38 pm
 

Rams on the rebound?

The Rams were in a few more games last year than many people realize.  The were on the verge of beating Jacksonville, New Orleans, Washington, Housten, and San Francisco (They blew the Rams out in the 4th Quarter).  There problem was the defense faded late in games due to the offense not moving the ball.  They were a TD average per game away from an 8-8 record.  I think the lack of a proven veteran wide receiver will hurt Bradford's progression.  If they had Bruce and Holt from about 4 years ago I would say the team could win 5 or 6 games.  I see the over/under being right around 3 wins.  They will win the opener against Arizona, then October 3rd against Seattle, and their third win will be a rivalry win (location) against the Kansas City Chiefs December 19th.Cool



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2010 11:32 am
 

Rams on the rebound?

They play in the West by the way



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2010 10:17 am
 

Rams on the rebound?

Liked the analysis, good breakdown of the bench players that most folks dont hear anything about. Only missed one thing that I can see, you forgot about the other OT that we recently drafted, JSmith. He will be the Left or Right, last I heard, Saffold and Smith could both be used at Left or Right, so there is really isnt a terrible player on the Oline anymore, just have to get these guys to stay healthy for a few games in a row.

Long time Rams fan here (since they moved to STL) I also think that they are making good moves to improve this team.
What are your thoughts on Brandon Gibson? a few guys from philly thought you overpaid for Witherspoon by giving up the young WR prospect - like you need anymore over there?

good luck in that tough as nails NFC East this year!



Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2010 10:57 pm
 

Rams on the rebound?

As a lifelong Falcons fan - I can't keep from having flashbacks for Bradford in the form of Steve Bartkowski.

What a talent Bart was, but came to the Falcons when they were horrible, especially on the O-Line, and he took an absolute beating his first few years. By the time the line improved, his knees had been operated on 3-4 times. He could have been one of the best, but in the ultimate team game, Bradford is in line for a big beat down if the O-Line doesn't step up. I hope for his sake, it does.


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