St. Louis Rams

Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense32nd122.2 (7th)175.3 (31st)
Defense23rd113.8 (19th)254.1 (22nd)

Rams report: Notes, quotes

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--His exposure to the NFL did not last long for quarterback Drew Tate. An undrafted free agent, Tate spent the team's rookie minicamp breaking in a new pair of shoes, while taking virtually all of the snaps during two days of work because he was the only quarterback.

The arrival of veterans Marc Bulger, Gus Frerotte and Ryan Fitzpatrick left him doing little during OTAs, and the week culminated with his departure when the Rams signed Brock Berlin to be the fourth quarterback on the roster.

"They told me I was the only one here for the first four practices," Tate said during the rookie camp. "I figured it was going to be a lot, I just didn't know it would be this much."

Now, he will be looking for somewhere else to throw.

--QB Brock Berlin, the latest addition to the Rams' roster, had been cut recently by the Cowboys.

Berlin began his career, after playing at the University of Miami, with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2005. After being released by the Dolphins, he was re-signed in January, 2006, and allocated to NFL Europe.

Once again, he was cut in training camp. The Cowboys signed him just before the draft, then released him May 11.

--CB Jerametrius Butler has been a no-show for the team's entire off-season program and first two weeks of OTAs.

"There's been no change," coach Scott Linehan said of Butler's status.

Butler has three years remaining on a six-year contract offer from the Redskins the Rams matched when he was a restricted free agent in 2004. He is scheduled to be paid $2 million this year, and the original deal included a $4 million signing bonus. That prorates to $667,000 a year.

If he were released on or before June 1, he would count $2 million against this year's salary cap. After June 1, he would count $667,000 this year, and $1.333 million in 2008.

"It's rough, man; I'm not accustomed to this. But I'm trying to be smart about it. I hated sitting and watching, so my goal this year is to get stronger each game and finish out the year." -- LB Pisa Tinoisamoa on doing limited work in the team's OTAs.

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