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    Inside Slant

    Posted 6/23/2007 1:59 PM ET

    Defensive lineman Adam Carriker will be one of the most-watched players when training camp opens July 27. That's assuming he has signed a contract and doesn't miss valuable time. The Rams are counting on him big-time, and defensive tackle Adam Carriker knows the pressure will be on. He lined up with the first unit at nose tackle in the team's recent minicamp.
    "It was a little bit surprising," Carriker said. "I still have a long way to go. There's still training camp, there's still preseason games. Right now, I have a job, and it's my job to hold onto it. I'm a little surprised, but now that I've been blessed with that, I plan to keep it."

    Carriker played mostly defensive end at Nebraska, but when the Rams selected him with the 13th pick in the first round of this year's draft, plans were announced immediately to move him inside. When nose tackle Jimmy Kennedy was traded just before the minicamp, that created the obvious spot for Carriker, who increased his weight from about 296 at the combine to 313 since the draft.

    He said coaches talked to him about nose tackle prior to the draft.

    He said, "Two weeks before the draft they brought me in for a visit and they asked me about it. They wanted to see what I thought about it. I'm like, 'Anyway I can help the team, that's fine with me.' I'm happy. It's all fine with me."

    Coach Scott Linehan has been impressed with Carriker since the first day he reported to the Rams for their rookie minicamp two weeks after the draft.

    Linehan said, "He's just old school. He comes to work, he doesn't say anything, and he always does his best. He does things with great effort and pride, and that's what you want any player to do, let alone a rookie. He has that right mindset. He's going to be a pretty special player."

    As for the steady weight gain, Carriker said, "I've just gradually put on weight. Right after the combine, I wanted to put on a little bit of weight because I knew I was going to be a 3-4 end or an inside guy somewhere, depending on who took me.

    "As soon as I found out the Rams took me and they wanted me to play nose guard, I tried to get up to 305 by the time I got here. I put on about five pounds in the last month that I've been here."

    During camp, the Rams will try alignments where there won't have a true nose tackle, calling their inside players just right and left tackles. There will be times when nose tackle skills will be needed, but others when pass-rush ability is wanted. Carriker believe he's versatile enough to do both even with added weight.

    "I can carry it well, and I can still play fast," he Carriker. "It's not going to fatigue me and bog me down."

    NOTES, QUOTES

    —DE Leonard Little, who signed a three-year contract during the 2006 regular season, said he likes the moves the team has made in the off-season.

    "I think the upper management and the coaching staff have made some great moves to bring some guys in that we really, really needed," Little said. "James Hall, Dante Hall, people like that can really help the team. They made some real significant moves to help the team."

    The subject of constant double-teams, Little especially likes the addition of James Hall, who will play right defensive end.

    "There was a point last year where James was leading the NFL in sacks," Little said. "James has been double-teamed himself. It's going to be real interesting to see how teams are going to block us in pass (situations)."

    —DT Tim Sandidge didn't play for the Hamburg Sea Devils in the NFL Europa championship game because of a knee injury. But leaving the team early allowed him to return to the States and do some conditioning work around Rams personnel.

    There is a lot of competition, but Sandidge believes playing in NFL Europa will help. He was on the Rams' practice squad last season when he was signed to the Chiefs' active roster. But just before Kansas City's first playoff game, the Chiefs needed a defensive back, and Sandidge was waived. The Rams put in a claim, and was then sent to Europe.

    Sandidge said there was no tear related to his knee injury, and that his time with Hamburg was well spent.

    He said, "I played in about six or seven games. I felt like I went out there and did what I needed to do. I think I opened up a lot of eyes. I feel like being over there really helped me. I played a lot, got a lot of experience, and I feel like I got better."

    —OT Jeremy Parquet, who was allocated by the Rams to NFL Europa, was named to the league's All-Pro team. Parquet plays for the Hamburg Sea Devils, who are in the World Bowl against Frankfurt.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm not worried about that. After seeing the film from last year, and I've now been in the offense for 12 or 13 practices, I've seen what goes around and the amount of offense that is there. I'm not worried about who is going to be catching the balls or how many I'm going to get." — WR Drew Bennett, when asked if he is concerned about getting enough passes his way because of the other talent on the roster.

    STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

    As the offseason work concluded for rookies the week of June 18, three undrafted free agents were placed on waivers. The Rams released guards Stanley Daniels and David Thompson and cornerback Terrance Reaves.

    That leaves the Rams with 87 players on their roster, a total that includes running back Marshall Faulk, who has still not officially retired, eight unsigned drafted players and four players with NFL Europa exemptions. Because of the exemptions, the Rams will be able to have 84 players in training camp.


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    Re: Inside Slant

    I am a Rams fan but I dont know that I care what Leonard Little thinks about anything.........

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    Re: Inside Slant

    Quote Originally Posted by RAM29JACKSON View Post
    I am a Rams fan but I dont know that I care what Leonard Little thinks about anything.........
    Why not? Little is one of the veteran defensive leaders on this team. He ovbiously knows defense and I'm sure he can tell if someone has talent. I dont hang on his every word, but I certinally would like to see what he thinks.

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    Re: Inside Slant

    Quote Originally Posted by RAM29JACKSON View Post
    I am a Rams fan but I dont know that I care what Leonard Little thinks about anything.........
    Not that you should or shouldn't but him being one of the only bright spots on defense, I myself find it quite interesting to see a Veteran Defensive End talk about how he's actually excited about the additions to the team (I'm hoping he was referring to defense and offense :P).


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    Re: Inside Slant

    Quote Originally Posted by RAM29JACKSON View Post
    I am a Rams fan but I dont know that I care what Leonard Little thinks about anything.........
    I'd give more weight to a players opinion than that of a random internet fan.
    "I'm not going to hide my opinions. They're coming to you between 7000-4000 Angstroms for all the world to see. Oh yes, you will be enlightened."

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    Re: Inside Slant

    only if he feels guilty about his past.
    did you people forget ?

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    Re: Inside Slant

    Quote Originally Posted by RAM29JACKSON View Post
    only if he feels guilty about his past.
    did you people forget ?
    No. Have you? Leonard served his pennance. Do you intend to vilify him forever, or can we just play some football?


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    Re: Inside Slant

    he got 60 days.
    he served no pennance.
    I doubt he learned any humbleing lessons.

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    Re: Inside Slant

    Quote Originally Posted by RAM29JACKSON View Post
    he got 60 days.
    he served no pennance.
    I doubt he learned any humbleing lessons.
    Again, it is OVER. We have moved on. His football skills are being debated here. You may cling to his past transgressions, but his contributions to the team are of concern to me, now. Revile him, wish hateful things upon him, pray for his untimely death, but as long as his performance on the field remains a benefit to the team, I am willing to let the past stay there...in the past. Unless and until he errs again, I am willing to focus on his football skills and those alone. The Law has seen fit to consider the matter closed, can we do less? I do not mean to assume he has or has not learned anything from his mistakes, so as for lessons learned, you would have to ask him. As for the Law, however, pennance WAS served. 60 minutes, hours, days or months. The sentence was handed down and is considered fulfilled.
    We don't ask you to forgive, just acknowledge his contributions to the team and continued sobriety.
    Your concerns are, of course, valid, yet on this forum, he is an outstanding Defensive player. No more, no less.
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    Re: Inside Slant

    What Leonard Little does on the field is between him, the team, and the fans.

    What Leonard Little does off the field is between him, the legal system, and (if you are so inclined to view things this way) God.

    My suggestion: don't mix up the two.

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    Re: Inside Slant

    Sorry, character matters, and he has yet to prove his in a positive light. I doubt he has had continued sobriety .
    I am a Rams fan and a sports fan. But I think he got away with too much.

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    Re: Inside Slant

    Well, you've set yourself up as both the judge and the jury. Thankfully, you are not also the executioner.

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    Executioner? Hardly.
    A drunk driving charge 6 years after the fact says to me he didnt really learn anything. unless he learned something over the last three years, I doubt much about his character.

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    Re: Inside Slant

    Quote Originally Posted by RAM29JACKSON View Post
    Executioner? Hardly.
    A drunk driving charge 6 years after the fact says to me he didnt really learn anything. unless he learned something over the last three years, I doubt much about his character.
    So then let's talk about all the things, you've done in your life. I guess you forgot about the time you lied and cheated on your wife. or the time you stole somethings from the store. Or that time when you lied on you income tax. Unless you're ready to air out your laundry, as if you have none. Then stop making judgements on other people that you know nothing about.

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    Re: Inside Slant

    Quote Originally Posted by RAM29JACKSON View Post
    only if he feels guilty about his past.
    did you people forget ?
    I am no Little apologist. He did a terrible thing. And you won't hear me making excuses for drunk drivers, certainly not the standard "everybody does it" mock. However, NONE of that has any bearing AT ALL on his opinion of what is happening on the field.

    Does a drunk driving conviction belittle the opinion of.....

    wine quality from a wine critic?
    real estate from Donald Trump?
    rifles from a military sniper?
    cake icing from a master baker?
    Kung Fu from Bruce Lee?

    Of course not !!! Then why would it belittle the opinion of an NFL defense from Leonard Little?
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