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    Hargrove's exit opens door for rookie, reserve

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Wednesday, Oct. 18 2006

    When Anthony Hargrove registered 4 1/2 sacks in the final three games of 2005,
    it looked like he was on the verge of breaking through as an NFL defensive end.

    "He's a very talented kid," Rams defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said.
    "Coming out of the offseason, we thought he was going to be one of our better
    linemen."

    But it never happened. Hargrove made very little happen in the four games he
    played this season, with modest totals of nine tackles, one-half sack, and
    three quarterback pressures.

    "It just seems like there was something always in the way, or something that
    happened to him that always brought him down," Haslett said. "Sometimes it's
    not always what you do on the field, it's how you conduct yourself off the
    field, how you conduct yourself in public, how you handle yourself with
    teammates."

    In Hargrove's case, there was the matter of skipping two practices in Week 3
    prior to the Rams' game in Arizona. The night before his first missed practice,
    Hargrove was out late with friends at a casino.

    He was dispatched to Buffalo on Monday, one day before the NFL trade deadline.

    Hargrove's departure creates more opportunities for rookie Victor Adeyanju and
    reserve Brandon Green.

    Adeyanju has started the past three games in place of Hargrove, but there was
    the chance that Hargrove could win back the starting job.

    "It's always up to the coaches," Adeyanju said. "But I guess with the change
    that just occurred, I guess I'm starting again now."

    A fourth-round draft choice in April from Indiana University, Adeyanju is a
    high-energy player who has played the run surprisingly well. Linehan has
    remarked on a couple of occasions that Adeyanju doesn't play like a rookie.

    "It's just playing fast, reading your keys," Adeyanju said. "We have a lot of
    preparation, and a lot of practice. I'm obviously being taught different
    techniques, and different moves."

    Adeyanju still needs plenty of work on his pass rush. He has a good bull-rush
    but needs to develop other moves and techniques. He did get his first NFL sack
    Sunday against Seattle.

    In the past couple of games, Hargrove replaced Adeyanju in passing situations.
    That role now should fall to Green, who didn't even dress in three of the Rams'
    first six games.

    "Brandon's going to have to pick it up," Haslett said. "He's going to have to
    give us more production and more pass-rush ability. He's the kind of guy that's
    going to give you 100 percent effort all the time. We know that. He's a guy
    that runs to the ball, has unbelievable effort, good technique. Not the biggest
    guy in the world (6-feet-3, 264 pounds), but he makes up for it in a lot of
    different ways."

    Green had three sacks last season as a Rams reserve and has one-half sack so
    far this season. He has been slowed by a nagging ankle injury, but is healthier
    now and will benefit from the bye week.

    When asked if Hargrove's trade made him feel more secure, Green replied, "No.
    Never. Based on past experience. There's a lot of guys floating around out
    there. I'm sure they would love to have my spot, also."

    The Rams, in fact, added a fourth defensive end to the roster Tuesday
    afternoon. Tony Bryant, who played the past two seasons for Haslett in New
    Orleans, was signed to Hargrove's roster spot.

    Bryant, 6-feet-6 and 282 pounds, had 34 tackles and four sacks last season as a
    Saints reserve.

    The Rams also worked out free-agent defensive linemen Carlos Hall and Chad
    Lavalais on Tuesday.


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    Re: Hargrove's exit opens door for rookie, reserve

    I must say I am disappointed that Hargrove is gone. There has to be more to the story than Haslett is letting on. This kid has talent and last year showed lots of enthusiasm. I hope we made the right move here.

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    Re: Hargrove's exit opens door for rookie, reserve

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    In Hargrove's case, there was the matter of skipping two practices in Week 3 prior to the Rams' game in Arizona. The night before his first missed practice, Hargrove was out late with friends at a casino.
    Hmm funny how we were told it was "personal issues" he needed to take care of...maybe he lost a ton of money on markers and had to figure out a way to get it to the casino before they threw him in the river

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    Re: Hargrove's exit opens door for rookie, reserve

    Quote Originally Posted by RamFan_Til_I_Die View Post
    Hmm funny how we were told it was "personal issues" he needed to take care of...maybe he lost a ton of money on markers and had to figure out a way to get it to the casino before they threw him in the river
    Just going from memory (so I may be wrong) but he was out drinking at a casino like you said, but he was also dealing with personal problems at home, hence the drinking/gambling.
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