Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    RamWraith's Avatar
    RamWraith is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    Minnesota
    Age
    44
    Posts
    8,230
    Rep Power
    61

    Five observations from St. Louis Rams training camp--Clayton

    Observation deck: Jackson should be special
    By John Clayton

    Updated: August 3, 2007

    ST. LOUIS -- Five observations from St. Louis Rams training camp, gleaned from the team's practices:


    1. Carriker coming on strong
    I can't remember the last time a college end moved to nose tackle, but first-round choice Adam Carriker looks like a beast in the middle of the Rams' defense. His development could be the key to the season. Carriker has added 20 pounds since the draft; he now weighs 310 pounds. He worked with former Raiders' star Howie Long on drills to learn how to use his hands better and the impact is certainly noticeable. In some drills, Carriker was throwing veteran interior linemen around. The thought is Carriker can anchor the line and improve the team's ability to stop the run, which has been a major weakness for the Rams in recent years.

    2. Secondary concerns
    The four-game suspension of cornerback Fakhir Brown will hurt the Rams a great deal. Although he's an unknown commodity around the league, Brown has the best coverage skills on the team. His experience and speed enable him to cover particularly well in the first 12 yards of a receiver's route. Brown is appealing the suspension, which stems from a drug screening he says he missed because he was confused about its location. Under league rules, a missed test is the same as a positive test, so the odds of Brown winning his appeal aren't very good. Tye Hill looks much more comfortable as the starter opposite Brown. A first-round pick in 2006, Hill is very good in man coverage. Ron Bartell will start in Brown's absence. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett uses a little more man coverage than most teams, so Brown's return is critical.

    3. Hall to help end game
    Defensive end James Hall looks like a good addition. Tired of losing in Detroit, Hall became a negative force in the Lions' locker room. His behavior in Detroit, however, doesn't mean he's a bad guy; years of losing can make good guys appear to be bad guys. The Rams think Hall will help their run defense as a base end on the left side. Leonard Little is the playmaker at the right-end position. He's the main pass-rusher and veteran leader along the line. At 6-foot-2, 280 pounds, Hall is expected to give the team its most complete left end in years. In recent seasons, the Rams have tried some undersized ends who were better pass-rushers than run-stoppers.



    Steven Jackson is poised for a big season in 2007.
    4. Jackson ready to break out
    Steven Jackson looks sensational. His goal is to gain 2,500 total yards, and he has a great chance to do it. He reported to camp in perfect shape. At 231 pounds, Jackson is a big back with great moves and surprisingly good hands. Rams' coach Scott Linehan puts Jackson in the LaDainian Tomlinson-class and thinks he will be among the top five running backs in the league statistically. Over the past couple of years, Jackson has learned how to take care of his body. He works constantly in the weight room and has also tried to improve his speed. With Marshall Faulk retired, Jackson is in the spotlight in this offense. He has the potential to catch 100 passes and rush for 2,000 yards if given the touches. This should be his best season yet.

    5. Safety in numbers
    Anyone questioning whether Marc Bulger is worth $65 million needs to watch him in practice. He's perhaps the most accurate quarterback in football. Bulger signed a six-year, $65-million contract as camp opened. His receivers love him; he is so accurate, smart and he can place the ball exactly where they like it. What's fun is watching him work on one area of the game. Bulger spent a good portion of the first week of practice throwing precise, high passes to Drew Bennett and Randy McMichael in different parts of the end zone. Torry Holt is coming back from a minor knee surgery, so Bulger hasn't had many reps with his go-to guy thus far. With contract negotiations done and no worries about free agency, Bulger is focused on perfecting the efficiency of the offense.


  2. #2
    general counsel's Avatar
    general counsel is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    atlanta, georgia
    Age
    52
    Posts
    5,442
    Rep Power
    77

    Re: Five observations from St. Louis Rams training camp--Clayton

    i dont mean to pick nits, but how can someone use the title "Steven Jackson ready to break out" What does anyone call his season last year in which he led the nfl in combined yardage? Last year was the break out year, the key this year is to maintain his production, which he will do if he stays healthy and the offensive line performs.

    ramming speed to all

    general counsel


  3. #3
    renrawtruk is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    332
    Rep Power
    0

    Re: Five observations from St. Louis Rams training camp--Clayton

    Bulger spent a good portion of the first week of practice throwing precise, high passes to Drew Bennett and Randy McMichael in different parts of the end zone
    ...Nice.

    Do we still have Jonathan Bird? I forget, but he would be a good corner of the end zone option as well. With a 2-tight end set of Byrd and McMichael, with Bennett, Holt, and Jackson all on the field at the same time, I think we'd score pretty easily in the red zone.

  4. #4
    HUbison's Avatar
    HUbison is offline Superbowl MVP
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Kentucky
    Age
    40
    Posts
    13,294
    Rep Power
    142

    Re: Five observations from St. Louis Rams training camp--Clayton

    Quote Originally Posted by renrawtruk View Post
    ...Nice.

    Do we still have Jonathan Bird? I forget, but he would be a good corner of the end zone option as well. With a 2-tight end set of Byrd and McMichael, with Bennett, Holt, and Jackson all on the field at the same time, I think we'd score pretty easily in the red zone.
    Are you meaning Dominque Byrd? If so, yes, he's still around.
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

  5. #5
    cfh128's Avatar
    cfh128 is online now Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Syracuse, NY
    Age
    31
    Posts
    769
    Rep Power
    29

    Re: Five observations from St. Louis Rams training camp--Clayton

    I dont think we have anyone named Jonathan Bird

  6. #6
    Bar-bq's Avatar
    Bar-bq is offline Pro Bowl Ram
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    2,822
    Rep Power
    92

    Re: Five observations from St. Louis Rams training camp--Clayton

    Jonathan Bird plays Wideout for the Chinese Mighty Kites.

  7. #7
    Rambos's Avatar
    Rambos is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Cali
    Age
    49
    Posts
    8,614
    Rep Power
    65

    Re: Five observations from St. Louis Rams training camp--Clayton

    GC I agree
    Jackson ready to break out
    the guy was all world last year.

    Anyone questioning whether Marc Bulger is worth $65 million needs to watch him in practice
    How about watch some tape of him over the last fews years.

  8. #8
    Guam rammer's Avatar
    Guam rammer is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Guam
    Age
    44
    Posts
    833
    Rep Power
    17

    Re: Five observations from St. Louis Rams training camp--Clayton

    Wow! everything Clayton had to say was positive. everything sounds pretty upbeat at rams park. Bring on the season!

  9. #9
    smizzhfx's Avatar
    smizzhfx is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Halifax, nova scotia, Canada
    Posts
    722
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: Five observations from St. Louis Rams training camp--Clayton

    I sure hope Carriker is all he's been built up to be in there. I think that if we can just manage to hold down that middle and get a solid interior pass rush, it will make all the difference in terms of shutting down teams run games. If all else fails, lets just hope the 'O' can put up enough points to keep teams in catchup-mode throughout the game.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 3
    Last Post: -07-21-2007, 05:28 PM
  2. Replies: 2
    Last Post: -11-01-2006, 12:24 AM
  3. Replies: 8
    Last Post: -09-26-2006, 09:12 AM
  4. Replies: 6
    Last Post: -07-26-2006, 01:10 PM
  5. St. Louis Rams: The Winning Team
    By RamWraith in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: -11-01-2004, 07:58 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •