'Bumpy road' leads Gibson to St. Louis
By Bill Coats
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Tuesday, Aug. 14 2007
Things were looking just peachy for Fred Gibson last month in Atlanta. A big,
speedy wide receiver, Gibson was in solid contention for a job with the
Falcons. It appeared that two years after Pittsburgh drafted him in the fourth
round, Gibson finally was going to land a spot on an NFL roster.
Then Gibson went AWOL for a special-teams meeting.
"We had a different schedule the next day, and I completely thought we didn't
have special teams," he said Monday between practices at Rams Park. "But I
missed that meeting, and ... bam! They didn't give me another chance. With all
the stuff that was going on with Michael Vick, I guess they felt like they had
to make a statement or something."
The 6-foot-4, 202-pound Gibson was released July 29 and the Rams signed him
last week. But with 12 wideouts in camp, his chances of gaining employment here
"They've been here for (offseason workouts) and minicamp," said Gibson, 25.
"It's kind of hard to work in right now. I've just got to take advantage of my
opportunities when I do get in there."
Gibson acknowledged that he's traveled "a bumpy road" since completing his
college career at Georgia. He blames only himself.
"When I got to Pittsburgh, I came to camp not really in shape," he said. "I was
so tired all the time, and everything was so fast. In the NFL, they want you to
do things right then; they're not going to wait for you. As I look back, I wish
I knew what I know now and could take it back to my rookie year. I'd still be
The Steelers cut him, and he spent two years on Miami's practice squad. Rams
coach Scott Linehan was the Dolphins' offensive coordinator in 2005 and said
Gibson "showed a lot of good signs" there. Still, the Dolphins let him go and
the Falcons picked him up him in the offseason.
"It's been so crazy for me," Gibson said. "I'm just trying to find a home and
get an opportunity to showcase my talent."
The knee to the lower back that wideout Dane Looker took in Friday night's
exhibition opener in Minnesota resulted in a fracture. The injury doesn't
require surgery, just rest. Looker probably will be sidelined at least a week.
— Linebacker Tim McGarigle, who has been struggling with a bad hamstring since
early in camp, experienced "a little setback," Linehan said. "He was doing
really well and felt pretty good, but he felt it pulling a little bit. So,
we're going to continue to just rehab the heck out of that thing."
— Others who sat out Monday were defensive tackle La'Roi Glover (hip) and wide
receiver Dominique Thompson (ribs).
As of Monday night, more than 6,000 tickets remained for Saturday night's
exhibition contest vs. San Diego at Edward Jones Dome. Unless all are sold by 7
p.m. Wednesday, the game will not be televised locally.
Victor Adeyanju, who started nine games at defensive end last year as a rookie,
is getting some work at tackle during camp.
"We're just adding some versatility to him," Linehan said. "I think it enhances
his ability to rush the passer from inside vs. outside."
Adeyanju, who played tackle only briefly at Indiana, said he was "up for the
challenge. Obviously, it's more work mentally, but it makes yourself a lot more
valuable, in case some guys go down or they need an extra guy there."
— Tight end Aaron Walker is working as the emergency long-snapper behind Chris
— Weather permitting, today's single practice will be open to the public. It
starts at 3 p.m.