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    It's moving on time for Tyoka Jackson

    It's moving on time for Jackson
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    04/07/2006

    Tyoka Jackson's five-year stay with the Rams appears to be over. Jackson was informed by the Rams recently that he probably didn't fit into their plans for 2006.

    Jackson, an unrestricted free agent, was told that his contract situation might be revisited after the draft, but that if he got an offer elsewhere he should take it. Under new defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, the team appears intent on going in a different direction in terms of backup defensive linemen.

    Jackson, 34, has been a valuable role player at the end and tackle positions since signing a free-agent contract with the Rams in 2001. He finished with 30 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and one forced fumble last season. He started two games at left end last October when Leonard Little took a leave of absence after the death of his brother.

    Jackson, a defensive team captain the past three seasons, could not be reached to comment.

    Help for return game could be on the way

    It may be a long shot, but the Rams hope free-agent pickup Brad Pyatt will add some much-needed sizzle to their return game.

    "He's made a little bit of a name for himself at this point in his career as a guy that has the potential to be a pretty good returner," coach Scott Linehan said.

    In 2003 and '04 with Indianapolis, Pyatt returned 29 kickoffs for 774 yards for an impressive average of 26.7 yards. His 90-yard kickoff return against Tampa Bay in 2003 helped fuel a dramatic comeback that resulted in a 38-35 overtime Colts triumph.

    "He's had some injuries," Linehan said. "It's probably the reason why we had an opportunity to look at him. If he had stayed healthy, he might not be on the street."

    Pyatt, a wide receiver by trade, missed the entire 2005 season and half of the '03 campaign with injuries. He was not given a tender offer by the Colts this offseason as a restricted free agent.

    Pyatt's one-year deal, by the way, is for $432,500, with a $7,500 signing bonus.

    Zygmunt replies

    On Wednesday night, former Rams safety-wide receiver Mike Furrey said he learned of his release by reading the Post-Dispatch. On Thursday, Rams president of football operations Jay Zygmunt said the club informed both Furrey's current agent and former agent that it would not make Furrey a tender offer as a restricted free agent.

    European Rams

    Three weeks into the season, Rams running back Fred Russell ranks fourth among NFL Europe rushers with 189 yards on 53 carries. Russell, who plays for the Cologne Centurions, was signed by the Rams on Jan. 6. Russell, who also has five catches for 54 yards, ranks fifth in the league in yards from scrimmage with 243. The former Iowa Hawkeye has had practice squad stints with Miami and Chicago.

    Two other Rams roster candidates - wide receivers Jeremy Carter and Brandon Middleton - were assigned to NFL Europe clubs this spring. Carter, who spent the entire 2005 season on the Rams' practice squad, was placed on the Frankfurt Galaxy's injured reserve list before the start of the regular season with a shoulder injury.

    Middleton, who spent 11 weeks on the Rams' practice squad last season, has no catches, but has one carry for 16 yards for the Rhein Fire.

    Morgan to Buffalo

    OT Matt Morgan, who was on the Rams' active roster for five games last season and did a nice job in relief of Orlando Pace for a series against Houston, has signed with Buffalo.


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    Re: It's moving on time for Tyoka Jackson

    all the best T.J thanks for the good years of service,leadership and smacktalk to opposing players when on the field (and the sidelines!) once a ram always a ram!!!:bow:

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    Re: It's moving on time for Tyoka Jackson

    I remember the jaguar game last season when he made a tackle and he tried to get up but he tripped and fell right on the jaguar player again and he didnt get flaged....

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    Re: It's moving on time for Tyoka Jackson

    You know, I really hate to see him go. He is a very nice individual, he stood in the rain with my wife, daughter and I for several minutes outside the EDJ last year to take pics and sign autographs, all smiles the entire time. I wish him all the best... Godspeed, Tyoka

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    Re: It's moving on time for Tyoka Jackson

    I think it is a big mistake to let Tyoka go to another team. sigh..... sometimes the FO is not very bright.

    On Wednesday night, former Rams safety-wide receiver Mike Furrey said he learned of his release by reading the Post-Dispatch. On Thursday, Rams president of football operations Jay Zygmunt said the club informed both Furrey's current agent and former agent that it would not make Furrey a tender offer as a restricted free agent.
    Communication does not seem to be their strong point either. Yet another player complaining about the lack of communication.
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    Re: It's moving on time for Tyoka Jackson

    Tyoka Jackson is a solid performer who has the intagibles that every team needs. If he's gone, it will be substantial loss IMO.

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