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    Has rookie Jason Smith been promoted to first team? Well...

    Has rookie Jason Smith been promoted to first team? Well . . .
    By Bill Coats
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    08.30.2009 5:24 pm

    Make of it what you will, but some sideline observers found it curious that with Richie Incognito held out of St. Louis Rams practice Sunday because of a mild knee sprain, Adam Goldberg took over his spot at right guard, with rookie Jason Smith stationed at right tackle with the first-team offense.

    Goldberg had been working almost exclusively at tackle during training camp, and most of the time on the right side with the No. 1 unit. Smith was being used mostly in a backup role, getting snaps on both sides of the line.

    Could it be that Smith, the No. 2 overall pick in April’s draft, finally has been promoted to the starting lineup? Tight-lipped coach Steve Spagnuolo provided no info. But we’ll see what happens over the next couple of days.

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    *Spagnuolo was pleased with the team’s first practice since Thursday night’s preseason win at Cincinnati. “I thought they got after it pretty good,” he said. “Sometimes after two days (off) you’re a little sluggish coming out, but this team has continually responded.”

    *QB Marc Bulger tested the broken pinky finger on his right hand, tossing 21 passes before practice began. He didn’t take any snaps from center.

    *FB Mike Karney left early with soreness in the ankle that he sprained earlier in camp and kept him out for about two weeks.

    *X-rays of CB Justin King’s thumb were negative, and he practiced without any apparent problems. WR Keenan Burton, who tweaked an ankle vs. the Bengals, also participated fully.

    *DE Leonard Little (knee) was kept out of team drills and remains day-to-day.

    *Plenty of tickets are available for Thursday night’s preseason finale vs. the Chiefs at the Edward Jones Dome. Go to for The official site of the St. Louis Rams - Home Page for information.

    *S David Roach, fighting for a roster spot, made a pretty, leaping interception of a Keith Null pass in the 11-on-11 session.

    *Although Spagnuolo wouldn’t acknowledge as much, it appears as if Jonathan Wade is making a serious challenge to Tye Hill for the first-team CB spot alongside Ron Bartell. Wade has a team-high 12 tackles in the three preseason games; Hill has two.

    All for now . . .


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    Re: Has rookie Jason Smith been promoted to first team? Well...

    Doesn't say much about Greco or the other guards if journeyman Goldberg is also the first sub at G as well as OT. I wonder if Bell was at LG in that lineup.

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    Re: Has rookie Jason Smith been promoted to first team? Well...

    Hmm. I certainly hope so. Can't have 50+ million riding bench. haha

    And I hope Wade gets the job. I've always liked him. Hill can just go play left bench again for all I care.
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    Re: Has rookie Jason Smith been promoted to first team? Well...

    Quote Originally Posted by Azul e Oro View Post
    Doesn't say much about Greco or the other guards if journeyman Goldberg is also the first sub at G as well as OT. I wonder if Bell was at LG in that lineup.
    Greco and Setterstrom have been working primarily at the left guard spot with Bell out. It's possible the Rams may have just preferred to put someone in the line-up from the right side while still giving Greco/Setterstrom reps at left guard.

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    Re: Has rookie Jason Smith been promoted to first team? Well...

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Greco and Setterstrom have been working primarily at the left guard spot with Bell out. It's possible the Rams may have just preferred to put someone in the line-up from the right side while still giving Greco/Setterstrom reps at left guard.
    True enough.But to answer my own question, Thomas' latest blurb has Bell back at first string LG at today's practice.

    Didn't Sett start some at RG,though, before or between the injuries?

    I'm sure it's not a big deal at all. Any more than Smith being at RT in a practice is necessarily a milestone.But since we were reading tea leaves, what the heck? lol

    I have to say I'd prefer the OL musical chairs to slow down at this point. Versatility is one thing; being jacks of all trades and masters of none is something else.

    That whole cohesion thing.

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    Re: Has rookie Jason Smith been promoted to first team? Well...

    Tye Hill is done! I saw Wade all night make plays against Cincinnati. I thought for a minute it was Steven Jackson out there on defense.
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    Re: Has rookie Jason Smith been promoted to first team? Well...

    I guess I'm one of the few who hasn't been impressed with Wade. Hopefully I'm wrong and he plays great for us, but I'm not going to jump on that band-wagon quite yet. Oh, and is leading the team in tackles a good thing for a CB?

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    Re: Has rookie Jason Smith been promoted to first team? Well...

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick_Weasel View Post
    I guess I'm one of the few who hasn't been impressed with Wade. Hopefully I'm wrong and he plays great for us, but I'm not going to jump on that band-wagon quite yet. Oh, and is leading the team in tackles a good thing for a CB?
    Count me among the few, the proud, the Wade Dissuaders.. lol.
    I see him as a younger Jason Craft; fast and a good tackler, useful as a nickel blitzer and on STs.

    As a starting CB....scary.

    Nice hair,though.

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    Re: Has rookie Jason Smith been promoted to first team? Well...

    Freakin' Tye Hill! Why not try him as Kickoff or Punt return man? He has a 97 speed rating on Madden 10, lol. Gosh, I was pulling for him to rebound and prove he's a 1st round caliber player...

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