Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 20

Thread: Brian Leonard

  1. #1
    laram0's Avatar
    laram0 is offline Superbowl MVP
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Age
    57
    Posts
    9,155
    Rep Power
    107

    Brian Leonard

    I haven't been around much the last 8 1/2 days or so. I've been traveling with my family on vacation. We were in Florida (Tampa area for 5 days) and then in the Raleigh, NC area until arriving home this afternoon. I hadn't seen a RAMS anything in all my travels....until. I was boarding the plane in Raleigh this morning heading back to Boston. I had a seat in the last row of the plane and a young couple was sitting right in front of me and the guy had a RAMS hat on. He gave me the thumbs up as I walked by and I blurted out at him LOVE YOUR HAT! We both kept to ourselves the entire flight. Then when we landed in Boston he turned around and asked me what I thought about the RAMS picks in the draft so far? I let him know that I loved our first 2 picks but I didn't know anything about the guy we drafted in the third round. Anyway to make a long story short he quickly informed me that he was from upstate New York and was a very close friend of one of our current players. Brian Leonard was one of his best friends. Being a bit puzzled I curiously asked him 3 quick questions. Is Leonard going to do anything this year?....your from upstate NY? You must be a Bills fan? Actually he said, I'm A Cowboys fan but wear the RAMS hat to support my buddy Brian. He went on to say that Brian is 100% healthy and that the new offense that the RAMS offense is learning is the same offense that Brian played in college. He also, even though he has a biased opinion feels like this will be the year that Brian finally shows his true abilities as a very good football player.

    I have to say talk is cheap but I walked off that plane feeling pretty excited about this inside view from Leonard's close friend. Could Brian Leonard be that guy we need on the field when Jackson needs a blow? You know Brian Leonard is like the forgotten man on our team. This would certainly be a nice surprise.


  2. #2
    SFCRamFan's Avatar
    SFCRamFan is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Ft Walton Beach, Florida
    Age
    49
    Posts
    1,005
    Rep Power
    18

    Re: Brian Leonard

    He'll more than likely be gone. We picked another RB with our 7th pick, so one of our RB's will probably have to go. Leonard has been least productive and/or hurt,so he will have to really excel to stay IMO. His friend might need a new hat soon.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    SJax, a developing quarterbacks best friend...

  3. #3
    Alec22's Avatar
    Alec22 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Age
    23
    Posts
    614
    Rep Power
    12

    Re: Brian Leonard

    I think leonard will deff have a roster spot and will deffinatly be given a chance to gets reps to see how this 2nd round pick can do. Just cause we took a rb in the 7th plays no barring on the status of leonard IMO

  4. #4
    r8rh8rmike's Avatar
    r8rh8rmike is online now Superbowl MVP
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    29 Palms, Ca.
    Age
    55
    Posts
    11,246
    Rep Power
    127

    Re: Brian Leonard

    How exciting was it too see that first "Leonard Leap" as a Ram? He's definitely had his setbacks, but I think he's going to have to prove himself this year. I'll be pulling for him.

  5. #5
    thermobee's Avatar
    thermobee is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Miami, Florida
    Age
    28
    Posts
    580
    Rep Power
    10

    Re: Brian Leonard

    awesome story.

  6. #6
    Mooselini's Avatar
    Mooselini is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    3,724
    Rep Power
    28

    Re: Brian Leonard

    I think he's gonna be gone after next year depending on what he does this year. Who knows, with the new regime, he may be an impact player.

    I'm hoping he plays out, seeming we picked him so high.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    Devaney, if you care about this team... fire the offensive coordinator!!!!

  7. #7
    RealRam's Avatar
    RealRam is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Mexico
    Posts
    8,224
    Rep Power
    68

    Re: Brian Leonard

    Leonard might bounce back this year to becone a healthy, reliable RB depth kind of player with the Rams. At least that's what I'm hoping and would like to see.

    I'm still rooting for BL to be part of a renewed Rams running game!

  8. #8
    Ramblin` Ram's Avatar
    Ramblin` Ram is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Nation of Rams
    Age
    38
    Posts
    2,401
    Rep Power
    54

    Re: Brian Leonard

    i sure hope he stays healthy this year and only plays RB...its clear that he was never gonna be a real FB in the NFL..especially with his shoulder problems.

    good luck Brian...if you can stay healthy,ive got faith in you to succeed!
    Last edited by Ramblin` Ram; -04-27-2009 at 07:22 AM.

  9. #9
    MauiRam's Avatar
    MauiRam is online now Pro Bowl Ram
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Maui, Hi.
    Age
    70
    Posts
    4,803
    Rep Power
    79

    Re: Brian Leonard

    Great story Laramo! Even better to hear Brian is healthy, and that the new offensive system the Rams will implement is one Leonard is familiar with. It would appear that the experiment attempting to convert Brian to a bruising fullback is finally over, and now he can be employed as a change of pace running back at a lighter playing weight which should help him regain and utilize his 4.49 speed. Brian possesses excellent hands and in the new system should have the opportunity to be a "move the chains" type of player. Hopefully one of our PD reporters will have a chance to chat with Pat Shurmur in the near future, and find out the sort of role our new OC envisions for Leonard in his particular version of the west coast offense. Brian may have been drafted too high, but that wasn't his fault, and the possibility exists that he can become a very productive and steady player for the Rams. His being a poster boy for the "four pillars" philosophy certainly won't count against him with Spags ..

  10. #10
    KoaKoi is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    California
    Posts
    874
    Rep Power
    28

    Re: Brian Leonard

    You know, when people ask me about my friends.... I always make sure to put them down and place them in the worst light possible.

  11. #11
    bruce4life's Avatar
    bruce4life is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Hemet/San Diego CA
    Age
    34
    Posts
    2,789
    Rep Power
    31

    Re: Brian Leonard

    Leonard did not have a chance to run 2 years ago behind a line that had Todd Stuessie as its best player... Give him a chance guys, Leonard might turn out to be a decent player not the next coming of Travis Jervey

  12. #12
    39thebeast's Avatar
    39thebeast is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    conecticut
    Posts
    2,740
    Rep Power
    38

    Re: Brian Leonard

    Leonard has been a FB I think we can move him back to RB with the addition of Karney. I think he can be a decent backup and at best with his blocking and ball catching ability he can be a less explosive Derrick Ward. As of now he is the backup with Darby as the third down guy. IMO the last spot will come down to Pittman or Ogbonaya

  13. #13
    AvengerRam's Avatar
    AvengerRam is offline Moderator Emeritus
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Longwood, Florida, United States
    Age
    46
    Posts
    18,494
    Rep Power
    167

    Re: Brian Leonard

    If Leonard is allowed to be a RB playing at 220-225, rather than an undersized FB, I think there is a place for him in the NFL. He's probably not a feature back, but he could be an effective guy to give Jackson a rest and catch the ball out of the backfield.

    The one thing I am certain of is that he will do whatever he is asked to do without a complaint. There's something to be said for that.

  14. #14
    NJ Ramsfan1 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    new jersey
    Posts
    2,193
    Rep Power
    69

    Re: Brian Leonard

    I live in New Jersey and followed Brian Leonard while he was at Rutgers. I always liked him, but had my doubts about his ability to take his game to the pro level. He is too small to be a traditional fullback and lacks the quickness to be a feature back. At best, he is a guy who can serve as a spot player or be a guy who gives Steven Jackson an occasional breather. He can also catch a ball out of the backfield a time or two and also could be used on special teams. Asking for anything more is asking too much. His ability isn't befitting being a 2nd round draft pick, although it seemed all the "experts" projected him there.

    This is a pivotal year for him. He must stay healthy as well as produce. If he doesn't, he'll be gone in a year.

  15. #15
    general counsel's Avatar
    general counsel is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    atlanta, georgia
    Age
    52
    Posts
    5,516
    Rep Power
    80

    Re: Brian Leonard

    My big question is whether he can make an impact on special teams. If he can do so, he can be a nice depth guy on the roster. He is never going to be worth the #2 pick that we paid for him, but he may still be a competent backup with special teams skills. If he isnt any good at special teams, i really think his contribution is going to be very limited.

    ramming speed to all

    general counsel


Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. How about a fair evaluation for Brian Leonard?
    By MauiRam in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: -06-11-2008, 02:01 PM
  2. Brian Leonard set for all-purpose duty
    By RamWraith in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: -05-16-2008, 01:56 PM
  3. Brian Leonard is ready to carry the load
    By RamWraith in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: -09-30-2007, 12:35 PM
  4. Brian Leonard - The Facts
    By Revelstoke in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: -09-25-2007, 08:34 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •