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    Lightbulb Faulk checks in early in '05

    Faulk checks in early in '05
    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Saturday, Aug. 20 2005

    Press box observers were surprised to see Marshall Faulk trotting out to the
    huddle in the Rams' preseason opener against Chicago. They weren't alone.

    "So was I," Faulk said. "It's not ever my decision to not play. So when the
    head man comes to me and says, 'Hey, I'd like you to do X, Y, and Z.' OK.
    Because he never asks for anything. And when he does ask - I just go out and
    play."

    In years past, Faulk has rarely been seen before the third preseason game. A
    year ago against Kansas City, Faulk made his preseason debut in the Rams'
    second preseason game. That marked the first time since 2000 that he appeared
    earlier than the third exhibition contest.

    But that changed this year, with Faulk getting the word from coach Mike Martz
    that he would play in the days leading up to the Aug. 12 Bears game.

    "Maybe the day before, or two days before, he said that was kind of what he
    wanted me to do," Faulk said. "And that was it."

    Faulk was in for just a handful of plays, and with no running room to speak of,
    carried twice for minus 2 yards.

    "He did not even blink an eye when I said, 'Marshall. Go in there and get
    Steven right now,'" running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery said.
    Steven Jackson may be the starting running back these days, but look for more
    of Faulk on Sunday when the Rams continue their preseason schedule in San Diego
    against the Chargers. Kickoff is 3 p.m., St. Louis time, at Qualcomm Stadium,
    where Faulk once starred in college for San Diego State.

    As an NFL player, Faulk has played in San Diego only twice in games that
    counted, both as a member of the Indianapolis Colts: a 1995 playoff game in
    which Faulk carried only once because of a knee injury; and a 1997
    regular-season contest. As a Ram, his only appearance in San Diego was a 2001
    preseason game won by the Chargers 13-10 in overtime.

    Even with what figures to be a reduced role this season, Faulk is in good
    spirits as he embarks on his 12th NFL season. And in good shape.

    "This year, he's come back smaller, lighter," Montgomery said. "It's probably
    the best shape he's been in since he's been in St. Louis."

    "I'm enjoying myself," Faulk said. "Having fun. Haven't missed a day. I've been
    healthy. It's been a long time since that's been the case."

    Like Jackson, Faulk has been wearing a yellow jersey this summer during
    full-pad practices, a warning to defenders to touch - but not hit - the two
    running backs.

    "I'm used to it now," Faulk said. "The first day, you didn't feel like one of
    the guys. But after you take the criticism and you hear all the jokes about it,
    after a couple practices, it's just a formality."



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    Re: Faulk checks in early in '05

    You know this post just shows how wrong the press were. When Faulk first came to the Rams, he had a reputation of being all, me, me, me.

    How wrong can the press have been


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    Re: Faulk checks in early in '05

    For sure Dez, He is one of the best examples
    of a team player the league has ever had.
    LET'S GO DODGERS

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    Re: Faulk checks in early in '05

    Quote Originally Posted by RamDez
    You know this post just shows how wrong the press were. When Faulk first came to the Rams, he had a reputation of being all, me, me, me.

    How wrong can the press have been
    Dez, he has probably grown up a bit since then and he has had to accept that even he can not continue to play at the same level as playing time and age creep up.

    I see good things for Faulk this year. Since he is not the primary back, his ability to play all over the offense increases. He becomes a secret weapon, or well maybe not so secret, but not so predictable.

    The offense has many options this year.
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