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    Klopfenstein, Adeyanju stay positive despite demotions

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Wednesday, Jun. 13 2007

    Tight end Joe Klopfenstein started all 16 games last year for the Rams. Fellow
    rookie Victor Adeyanju had 10 starts at defensive end before a broken arm ended
    his season.

    Both now are No. 2 on the depth chart behind veterans picked up in the
    offseason.

    Welcome to the NFL, fellas.

    "They're always trying to bring in competition," Klopfenstein said, "and you've
    always got to step your game up."

    The Rams snapped up tight end Randy McMichael soon after Miami released him
    this offseason. McMichael amassed 283 catches, 3,096 yards and 18 touchdowns in
    five seasons with the Dolphins. He also is regarded as an effective blocker.

    Klopfenstein, a second-round draft pick from Colorado, caught 20 passes for 226
    yards and a touchdown last year as the successor to Brandon Manumaleuna, who
    was traded to San Diego.

    When the Rams acquired McMichael, coach Scott Linehan sat down with
    Klopfenstein.

    "He just said, 'We've got to go out and get the best players we can, and we're
    planning on using you a lot still. Just compete out there and we'll see what
    happens,'" Klopfenstein said. "I'm not worried about starting; I'm just going
    out there and playing."

    Adeyanju, a fourth-round draftee out of Indiana, became the first-team right
    end when Anthony Hargrove was traded to Buffalo after the second game. Adeyanju
    collected 42 tackles, including one sack, before he was injured Nov. 26 vs. San
    Francisco.

    "I was heartbroken," he said. "Any time you go out with an injury like that,
    especially your first year when you're starting, it's very disappointing."

    The Rams sent a fifth-round draft choice to Detroit for James Hall, who had 33
    sacks in seven seasons with the Lions. Linehan indicated immediately that Hall
    would start on the right side, opposite Leonard Little.

    Still, Adeyanju is conceding nothing.

    "They feel this guy, James Hall, is definitely going to help the team out. ...
    I can definitely learn some things from him and try to touch up my game," he
    said. "I'm going to play hard, do my thing, and if the coaches feel (someone
    else) has that position, there's going to be no cries and moans."

    Linehan stressed that the moves for McMichael and Hall weren't a reflection on
    the rookies' play last year.

    "In fact, it was probably under the radar somewhat that they were able to
    perform at the level they did, being rookies," Linehan said. "The great thing
    is, they played so much last year and improved."

    INJURY UPDATES

    Hall and tackle Orlando Pace have been cleared medically and are participating
    in all drills this week at the full-squad minicamp. Both had surgery in
    November, Hall on his right shoulder and Pace to repair a torn triceps muscle
    in his left arm.

    — Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa was the only player wearing a red "no contact"
    jersey Tuesday. Tinoisamoa, also recovering from shoulder surgery, is about a
    month away from being fully healthy, Linehan said.

    — Cornerback Tye Hill missed practice because of a leg infection. He was sent
    to a doctor after attending morning meetings at Rams Park.


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    Re: Klopfenstein, Adeyanju stay positive despite demotions

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Wednesday, Jun. 13 2007

    Tight end Joe Klopfenstein started all 16 games last year for the Rams. Fellow
    rookie Victor Adeyanju had 10 starts at defensive end before a broken arm ended
    his season.

    Both now are No. 2 on the depth chart behind veterans picked up in the
    offseason.

    Welcome to the NFL, fellas.

    Linehan stressed that the moves for McMichael and Hall weren't a reflection on
    the rookies' play last year.

    "In fact, it was probably under the radar somewhat that they were able to
    perform at the level they did, being rookies," Linehan said. "The great thing
    is, they played so much last year and improved."
    Hmmmmmm???? No, no reflection at all.:x Linehan being the ultimate diplomat? Or a very cagy headcoach? Basically keep your chin up and keep battling.

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    Re: Klopfenstein, Adeyanju stay positive despite demotions

    It's good that they don't take it personally. Adeyanju and Klopfenstein might not have had the greatest production last year (although Klopf's was still better than most Rams tight ends in recent years), but they were just rookies. They need time to develop their skills. With Little and Hall's ages, Adeyanju should know that if he stays focused and plays well, he could start again within the next couple years. And Klopfenstein knows he'll still see the field in Linehan's two tightend sets.

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    Re: Klopfenstein, Adeyanju stay positive despite demotions

    TE is probably the second most difficult position in the NFL to learn after QB. They have to learn the blocking scheme of offensive linemen and they have to learn the passing routes of the wide receivers. Klop just needs some time to develop. Lot of teams in the NFL are running a two TE offense a lot of times and the Rams have that option again, finally.

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    Re: Klopfenstein, Adeyanju stay positive despite demotions

    These two are just another couple of examples of the great team attitude we've got on this years squad. Linehan and Co. have really made an effort to assemble a group of players that are commited to helping the Rams win any way they can. I'm really starting to love the makeup and personality of the 2007 Rams.

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    Re: Klopfenstein, Adeyanju stay positive despite demotions

    I think VA and Klop are in a very good situation. VA has Little and Hall to learn from and Klop has McMicheal.
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    Re: Klopfenstein, Adeyanju stay positive despite demotions

    Quote Originally Posted by R8rh8rmike View Post
    These two are just another couple of examples of the great team attitude we've got on this years squad. Linehan and Co. have really made an effort to assemble a group of players that are commited to helping the Rams win any way they can. I'm really starting to love the makeup and personality of the 2007 Rams.

    Right on, Mike. The mentality / attitude from Klop and V.A. is excellent -- it helps to build moral synergy and team character.

    As mentioned by Rebel, big Joe will definitely see a good share of action in the Rams two TE configuration, something that will probably be increasing now with McMichael in the roster. And Victor will surely be in the DE rotation a plenty.

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    Re: Klopfenstein, Adeyanju stay positive despite demotions

    I'm a big fan of Both of these guys. Adeyanju ripped it up during pre-season last year, and he needs a few years of experience and Little should give him all the knowledge he needs, also he returned a Fumble over 90 yards (Was it over 90 yards)? You don't often see the slowest part of the defense run 90 yards untouched. Klop was great as well, he didn't drop the ball a lot, he made some tough and nice catches at the end of the season and with McMichael teaching him, he should also be good in the future.

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    Re: Klopfenstein, Adeyanju stay positive despite demotions

    Good stuff, Great team mind set is a thrill to be part of ! It will show... on the 'ole gridiron'.

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    Re: Klopfenstein, Adeyanju stay positive despite demotions

    Good stuff, Great team mind set is a thrill to be part of ! It will show... on the 'ole gridiron'.
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