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Don’t write off Hagans
By Bill Coats
07/30/2007 7:49 pm
At this time a year ago, the transition of Virginia quarterback Marques Hagans to Rams wide receiver Marques Hagans looked like a experiment doomed to failure. Hagans, a fifth-round draft choice, struggled during training camp and wound up spending his rookie season on the practice squad.
The Rams, already solid at wideout, signed free agent Drew Bennett, traded for Dante Hall and drafted Derek Stanley. Plus, they brought four undrafted wide receivers to camp. Hagans appeared destined to be lost in the shuffle.
Instead, he’s been making acrobatic catches, including a one-handed grab Monday while sprinting down the left sideline with cornerback Mike Rumph draped all over him. Hagans has a legitimate shot at landing the sixth, and last, receiver’s spot on the 53-man roster.
Before signing former Cardinals guard Milford Brown, coach Scott Linehan checked in with good friend Steve Loney, who was Arizona’s offensive line coach last year.
“He and I visited for quite a while,” Linehan said. “He was really high on him.”
Milford, Claude Terrell and Adam Goldberg are competing for the fourth guard spot.
Note from Day 4 of training camp:
>>WR Shaine Smith, an undrafted rookie from Hofstra, seems to have soft hands to go with nice size (6-2, 189) and speed.
>>RBs Brian Leonard and Rich Alexis blocked well in a blitz-pickup drill. Kay-Jay Harris was less effective, and 5-9 J.D. Washington got bounced around a bit.
>>Linehan has been pushing Dominique Byrd hard in practice, and the second-year TE is responding.
Did you know that:
>>Scott Linehan’s wife, Kristen, was a standout basketball player at the University of Portland?
>>Kristen’s sister, Kerri, is married to actor Jim Caviezel?
>>Wide receiver Dane Looker is a better-than-scratch golfer?
>>Adam Carriker was a standout baseball player who “could’ve definitely gone pro if he’d have wanted to,” according to his dad, David?
In the wake of Marc Bulger’s $65 million contract extension, a discussion among reporters at Rams Park centered on who is, or was, the best NFL quarterback to play in St. Louis. Here’s our list:
1. Kurt Warner
2. Jim Hart
4. Charley Johnson
5. Neil Lomax
Sirius NFL Radio will broadcast live from Rams Park today between noon and 2 p.m. Howard Balzer and Jim Miller will be behind the mikes.
All for now…
-07-30-2007 #2GSOT Guest
Re: Don’t write off Hagans
I'm really not all that impressed with Hagans. Ya I saw that one hander yes it was nice but he was drapped in coverage by Rumph.. For how small this guy is, easily the same size as the must quicker Dante Hall, I'm not impressed with is speed.
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