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    Davis Visits, Doesn't Sign

    Thursday, August 24, 2006

    By Nick Wagoner
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    A day after the hoopla surrounding the arrival of running back Stephen Davis at Rams Park, things had settled down considerably.

    Davis, who was in town for a visit, a physical and a workout for Rams’ brass on Wednesday, left St. Louis without signing a contract and as of Thursday afternoon, nothing seemed imminent on that front.

    “We brought him in for a physical, gave him a little workout,” coach Scott Linehan said. “He looked like he is as good as ever. We’ll see. We haven’t moved any further than that.”

    Davis visited with Philadelphia on Monday and left there without coming to terms on an agreement as well. Davis had been thought of as one of the top backs in the league as recently as 2003.

    In 2003, he posted a career-high 1,444 yards for Carolina, a number that still stands as a franchise record. For his career, Davis has rushed for 7,875 yards and 65 touchdowns in 10 seasons with Washington and the Panthers.

    Despite his success in recent seasons, Davis has played in just 15 games the past two seasons, including a 2004 season in which he played in only a pair after a right knee injury that required microfracture surgery.

    After parting ways with Carolina in the offseason, Davis waited until recently to begin looking for a new home. The Panthers released him on March 1 and Davis has waited patiently for another opportunity to come along and to ensure that he was in the best possible physical condition.

    Linehan said Davis looked good in his workout Wednesday.

    “I just wanted to see him move, make sure there isn’t a noticeable limp of any kind,” Linehan said. “I wanted to see him cut, mostly the cutting type things. He did some routes. He did a little bit of going through bags and agility type stuff, but nothing overly extensive other than we wanted to see his movements and make sure he looked like he is running pain free. He looked very good.”

    Since the Rams placed backup Marshall Faulk on the physically unable to perform list early in the preseason because of his own knee surgery, they have been in a perpetual search for a true No. 2 running back.

    Tony Fisher currently holds the position, but he is more suited to a third-back type of role. St. Louis signed Moe Williams after failing to acquire Michael Bennett in a trade. Williams is also coming off microfracture surgery.

    Fisher has eight carries for 35 yards and a touchdown and Williams has contributed 12 carries for 30 yards and a score in the preseason. Fred Russell has also made an impression during the exhibition games, but there is little doubt that Linehan and the Rams have been looking for more help at running back.

    “I don’t think it was like we were keeping it a secret that we are still looking for a No. 2 type back,” Linehan said. “They have done an excellent job. We are just thin there. There wasn’t anything at that point we were pursuing. Stephen is certainly a guy that’s proven in the league and probably has a couple of good years left in him, but you don’t know where he’s at. It came up just recently that he was going to give it a go.”

    Although Davis came out of the workout and physical OK, it seems there is nothing certain on his future since he left town without signing a contract. Should Davis choose to become a Ram, there is a roster spot available following the release of cornerback Dwight Anderson.

    Linehan said Thursday that Anderson’s release had nothing to do with the anticipation of adding Davis.

    “It wasn’t related,” Linehan said. “It really wasn’t. It was just a matter of we are going to give guys some opportunities. We were looking at it down the road of who is going to play in this game. We made a decision that was going to be best for us going into this game that we kind of set the depth the way we want to have it for the game and he’d have a chance to catch on with somebody else.”

    RAM BITS: The Rams held receiver Torry Holt out of practice again Thursday and his status for Saturday night is unknown…Linebacker Drew Wahlroos will get a crack at working on Saturday night after the Rams found a more comfortable cast for his broken hand…Jeff Wilkins will get his first opportunity to kick against the Chiefs as the Rams have kept him on a schedule intended to keep him fresh for the regular season.


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    Re: Davis Visits, Doesn't Sign

    I wonder if the team plans on keeping three backs on the roster this year.
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    Re: Davis Visits, Doesn't Sign

    I would say without a doubt, Probably will keep 4

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    Re: Davis Visits, Doesn't Sign

    Opps, I ment 4 backs. It must be Friday.
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    Re: Davis Visits, Doesn't Sign

    Tgif.............imo they will keep 4

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    Re: Davis Visits, Doesn't Sign

    I really like Russell's potential as a change of pace back. I think keeping four RBs will ensure the run game is consistent.
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