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    Faulk Might Be Returning

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    Rams Needs: Running Backs
    Thursday, April 13, 2006

    By Nick Wagoner
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    There’s little doubt that the 2006 season is going to be an important one for running back Steven Jackson. It is widely believed that by the third year, most running backs will determine their long term worth in the NFL.

    Well, Jackson is set to embark on his third season and has yet to have the kind of breakthrough season that he or the Rams would like to see. Of course, with the changes on the coaching staff, Jackson should be more involved in the offense than he has been in in his first two seasons.

    That alone should boost Jackson’s production and help him reach the level he has been trying to attain.

    “It seems like everyone is making it a focal point,” Jackson said. “Two years ago, when I was drafted, that’s what the plan was. We knew that eventually the team was going to be more geared and built around me and now it seems like it has finally come to the forefront.”

    While that remains to be seen, this year’s NFL Draft is full of talented running backs. It appears that Marshall Faulk will return for another season as Jackson’s backup and will be worked into the offense more than he was last year. Still, it appears Faulk is near the end of the line.

    In addition to Faulk, the Rams signed former Green Bay back Tony Fisher in free agency. Fisher doesn’t bring much in the way of speed, but is a solid pass catcher and fairly elusive in the open field. He projects as a good option as the team’s third down back for 2006.

    With Faulk and Fisher as Jackson’s primary backups, it stands to reason that the Rams will look to find another running back at some point in the draft, perhaps even in the first three rounds. St. Louis lost backup back Arlen Harris to Detroit and it doesn’t seem that Aveion Cason will be brought back.

    Jackson is entrenched as the starter, meaning the Rams won’t have to dip into the pool of top backs in the first round, though it will be tempting for most teams in the first round.

    USC’s Reggie Bush highlights the class as one of the most dangerous and explosive players to enter the draft in years. He has drawn comparisons to Faulk and is almost assured of being the draft’s top pick.

    After Bush, the draft boasts at least three, perhaps four first-round caliber running backs available. USC’s LenDale White, Minnesota’s Laurence Maroney and Memphis’ DeAngelo Williams figure to land somewhere in the first round, probably in the second half of that stanza.

    LSU’s Joseph Addai could also slide into the first round after boosting his stock with some excellent workout stats.

    That group will likely be long gone by the time the Rams come back on the clock in the second round and definitely gone in the third round, when the team seems more certain to start looking at potential players for the position.

    Although the Rams don’t need a starting caliber running back, they would like to add someone capable of handling third down situations and, more important, capable of contributing on return teams and all phases of special teams.

    With that in mind, there are a number of talented candidates in which the Rams have serious interest. The team has scheduled visits with Addai, Lindenwood’s De De Dorsey, UCLA’s Maurice Drew and Wisconsin’s Brian Calhoun.

    All of the members of that group are capable of working as return men and getting serious consideration as running backs. Drew, for one, is a favorite of the scouting staff and was one of the nation’s top all-purpose players a year ago. Drew reminds many of San Diego’s Darren Sproles, who made an immediate impact for the Chargers as a rookie last year.

    Calhoun and Drew figure to land somewhere in the second or third round, but the competition for those backs will be fierce. Regardless of how that group falls, expect the Rams to come out of the draft with at least one running back in hand. More than likely, it will be addressed in the middle rounds (three-five) with an outside chance of making a move in the second round.

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    Re: Check It Out!!!! Faulk Returning!!!

    Apparently they edited the story after you posted. It now reads as follows:

    While that remains to be seen, this year’s NFL Draft is full of talented running backs. It appears that Marshall Faulk will return for another season as Jackson’s backup and will be worked into the offense more than he was last year. Still, it appears Faulk is near the end of the line.
    Notice the words "It appears that" now are in front of the sentence.

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    Re: Check It Out!!!! Faulk Returning!!!

    ok i changed it i wanted rams fan to be more excited about him returning

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    Re: Check It Out!!!! Faulk Returning!!!

    The title of this thread is misleading. It doesn't say he IS returning, it says appears to be returning, so it's not for sure.
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    Re: Check It Out!!!! Faulk Returning!!!

    Marshall is coming back by all indications. He's not Brett Favre. Faulk would have announced something by now if he weren't returning.
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    Re: Check It Out!!!! Faulk Returning!!!

    Marshall is being interviewed on a local sports station tomorrow. I'll try to catch it and report on what he says.

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    Re: Faulk Might Be Returning

    I have edited the headline to reflect the article content.


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