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    Brown happy to be kicking for old rival

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, May. 12 2008

    One thing that kicker Josh Brown figured he'd left behind when he signed a
    free-agent deal with the Rams was the damp environs of Seattle, where he'd
    spent his first five NFL seasons.

    He hasn't seen many blue skies since arriving here, though.

    "This is a lot of rain; I'm sick of rain," Brown said at minicamp this past
    weekend. "But that's what happens in the Midwest in April and May. I'm just
    glad no tornadoes are coming by right now."

    Brown knows a thing or two about tornadoes. He grew up in tiny Foyil, Okla.,
    near Tulsa and not far from Tornado Alley. He's also quite familiar with the
    Rams, against whom he competed twice a year in the NFC West.

    "It is a little odd" being with a Seahawks rival now, he said. "For so long
    you've concentrated on making sure this team never beat you. Now to be on the
    other side of the ball, it's taking a little getting used to.

    "But things are going well, and I'm happy with the change."

    Twenty-four of Brown's 116 field goals came against the Rams. Two in 2006 were
    particularly gnashing: Brown drilled a 54-yarder as time expired to give the
    Seahawks a 30-28 win at the Edward Jones Dome, then knocked through a 38-yarder
    with 9 seconds remaining for a 24-22 victory in Seattle.

    "I think every player on this team has probably ribbed me about that at least
    once," said Brown, a seventh-round draft pick (No. 222 overall) out of Nebraska
    in 2003. "Guys are able to joke about it now. I hope that's a good reputation
    that I bring, that we're capable of finishing that way and making the big
    kicks."

    With the Rams, Brown replaces Jeff Wilkins, who retired Feb. 29 after 14 NFL
    seasons, the last 11 with the Rams. Wilkins is the franchise's leading scorer
    (1,223 points) and holds virtually all of its kicking records.

    Said Brown: "Jeff left a great amount of space to fill. Jeff played here a long
    time, and he'll be missed. But I'm kind of glad the job's open."

    NEW POSITION

    Stout play on special teams last season earned Eric Bassey a new position and a
    chance at making the 53-man roster this year. Bassey, a cornerback from
    Oklahoma, has been moved to free safety.

    "With my size, it may be a better fit for me," said Bassey, 6 feet 1 and 200
    pounds. "Hopefully I can run around and make some plays, ball-hawk a little
    bit."

    Bassey registered 12 tackles on special teams, the fifth-highest total on the
    team, in just eight games last season. He also recovered a fumble.

    "I knew that was the route I was going to have to take," Bassey said. "You want
    to make an impact on special teams, which I felt I did, and then get your shot
    on defense."

    LINEHAN LIKES MOOD

    Coach Scott Linehan declared the single, full-squad minicamp a success. "The
    thing that stood out to me was the way our core leaders embraced additional
    roles of the leadership, which we need, coaches and players alike," he said. "I
    just really like the attitude and mood of our football team."

    RAM-BLINGS

    Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe (hamstring) and tackle Mark LeVoir (calf) remained on
    the sideline for Sunday's final minicamp practice. … Defensive tackle Vernon
    Bryant, an undrafted rookie, was excused so that he could attend his graduation
    ceremony at Hampton (Va.) University. … Safety Todd Johnson returned after
    missing the first two days because of a long-standing charity commitment.


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    Re: Brown happy to be kicking for old rival

    We need all the help we can get at Safety, so all the luck in the world to Bassey!

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    Re: Brown happy to be kicking for old rival

    sooooo glad Brown is playing for us this year.

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    Re: Brown happy to be kicking for old rival

    I've said this before, I just hope he can tackle as Wilkins was our best tackler on special teams.

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    Re: Brown happy to be kicking for old rival

    Change this:

    "Brown happy to be kicking for old rival"

    to:

    "Brown happy to be kicking for BIG PAYCHECK"
    This space for rent...

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    Re: Brown happy to be kicking for old rival

    Quote Originally Posted by shower beers View Post
    sooooo glad Brown is playing for us this year.
    As I digest all the off-season moves it occurs to me that Brown may be the best value. He is clutch and has the game-changing range that motivates an Offense in short-time/long-yardard situations. He is young, motivated, and a Husker.

    I predict big things for Brown this season as the Ram's continue to struggle converting 3rd downs inside the opponent's 35 yard line.

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    Re: Brown happy to be kicking for old rival

    I'm glad Brown's happy to be a Ram. But i'm hoping that we aren't relying on clutch field goals to win games.
    I'd like to see Brown average 7 points a game. As in 4 extra points and 1 field goal. That's right! We start Ramming it home in the red zone!
    It COULD happen, right?......well...maybe not.


    RAM ON!

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    Re: Brown happy to be kicking for old rival

    This is a good move. I was happy when we signed him and he's going to do great.

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    Re: Brown happy to be kicking for old rival

    Quote Originally Posted by YodaRam View Post
    I'm glad Brown's happy to be a Ram. But i'm hoping that we aren't relying on clutch field goals to win games.
    I'd like to see Brown average 7 points a game. As in 4 extra points and 1 field goal. That's right! We start Ramming it home in the red zone!
    It COULD happen, right?......well...maybe not.


    RAM ON!
    I hope he averages seven points a game also.... 7 extra points.

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    Re: Brown happy to be kicking for old rival

    Quote Originally Posted by shower beers View Post
    I hope he averages seven points a game also.... 7 extra points.
    Good one, Beers! My "wishful" point average would have us scoring 31 P.P.G. I think that's pushing it. Yours at 49! ........BRILLIANT!!!! Another round for all my friends!


    RAM ON!

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    Re: Brown happy to be kicking for old rival

    I'm sick of rain. -- J.B.
    As long as he is also sick of the Squawks, I'm fine with Brown.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shower beers View Post
    I hope he averages seven points a game also.... 7 extra points.
    Let's do it!

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    Re: Brown happy to be kicking for old rival

    This really was a huge signing for the Rams. All those years without a punter really makes me appreciate what jeff brought to the rams. Hears hoping Josh "Ram Killer" Brown won't continue to kill us and make those clutch kicks we're paying him for.

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    Re: Brown happy to be kicking for old rival

    Quote Originally Posted by BM_Face View Post
    He is young, motivated, and a Husker.
    That gives us three - Brown, Carriker, and Incognito. Not a bad trio, eh?

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