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    Leonard passes first running test

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Aug. 13 2007

    Granted, it's just the preseason. But Brian Leonard's first NFL touchdown
    didn't even bring a perfunctory spike from the Rutgers running back.

    In fact, Leonard handed the ball to the referee so quickly that the official
    was still signaling "touchdown."

    "I think the ref was surprised," Leonard said. "He had to reach down to grab
    it."

    Leave it to Rams teammate Steven Jackson to recognize the significance of
    Leonard's 10-yard touchdown run Friday night against Minnesota.

    "He said, 'You've got to get the ball, man,'" Leonard recalled. "'That's your
    first NFL touchdown.' So Steven was actually running around looking for it.
    That's just the kind of guy he is."

    Jackson apparently found the football Friday in the Metrodome, because
    equipment manager Todd Hewitt has the ball and will send it out to be "painted"
    in commemorative fashion.

    So chalk up one for the Leonard trophy case. The Rams hope it's the first of
    many for Leonard, although Jackson obviously is the main man in the St. Louis
    backfield. The Rams drafted Leonard in the second round in April to spell
    Jackson, serve as a third-down back and use his size (6 feet 1, 226 pounds) to
    pass block. So far, so good.

    "Just in the first preseason game, he met all of those expectations that we had
    of him," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. "He caught the ball very well.
    I thought when he had the chance to run the football, he made the most out of
    his opportunities. ... And he showed some intelligence in the protection part
    of the game."

    Leonard conceded that he was nervous at the start, resulting in a couple of
    missed holes.

    "First couple carries, I was just running," Leonard said. "I wasn't reading my
    blocks too well. After I settled down, got a few plays in me, I was all right.
    I think I read the blocks better and had a couple nice runs."

    Sure enough, the more he played, the better he looked. By game's end he had
    more yards rushing (36 to 33) than Minnesota's heralded running back, Adrian
    Peterson, the No. 7 overall pick in this year's draft.

    After a while, it became just football for Leonard. Once he settled in against
    the Vikings, he displayed a knack for knowing when to put his head down and
    steam toward a first down, and when to try some shake-and-bake to try to make a
    defender miss.

    "That's the first thing you notice about him as a runner," coach Scott Linehan
    said. "He just has great instincts. He sees the hole. He gets it done a
    different way than Steven Jackson. But that's not unusual. He's a guy that
    understands how to utilize what he does best — which is great vision and run
    downhill. He makes the decision, and he very rarely takes lost yards."

    Although he's less than a year older than Leonard, Jackson, 24, does have three
    years in the NFL and is serving as a mentor of sorts. Leonard already has grown
    to admire Jackson's practice habits. And he has taken mental notes on Jackson's
    running style.

    "He's had a huge impact on me," Leonard said. "When Steven hits that hole, he
    bursts through that hole, and lowers his shoulders, too."

    As a result, Leonard has tried to lower his pad level before contact on runs.

    "In college, you can get away with it a little bit," Leonard said. "You can
    play with a high pad level and you can break the arm tackles. But at this
    level, you've got to lower your shoulders to break those arm tackles."

    Jackson already has advised Leonard to try using a little "wiggle" from time to
    time as a runner.

    "Steven told me: 'It's a long season, buddy. You better try to make some of
    them miss sometime,'" Leonard said.

    Those may be words to heed, because Leonard came out of the Minnesota game with
    sore ribs — although it didn't prevent him from practicing Sunday.


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    Re: Leonard passes first running test

    I was suprised by his burst of speed around the corner and his ability to strech out for more yardage. He showed poise. Can he play safety?
    "The horror"

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    Re: Leonard passes first running test

    why would you want him to play safety?

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    Re: Leonard passes first running test

    No spike by Leonard after scoring his 1st touchdown? Could be that he's been told to act like his been there before?

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    Re: Leonard passes first running test

    He's got speed. He's got size. His head's around the ball; and I'll bet the dude could carry a wallop. We need a stud safety. It'll never happen. He'll have a nice carreer in the NFL, but I just think a stud safety would be more important to this team right now that a back up all purpose whatever.
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    Re: Leonard passes first running test

    he said he didnt spike it caus e its pre season in an interview so we will see one soon just 3 more weeks.

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    Re: Leonard passes first running test

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    No spike by Leonard after scoring his 1st touchdown? Could be that he's been told to act like his been there before?

    Yeah, it's pretty much what the guy above me said. He said he wants to wait for his first "real" touchdown for a real celebration. Nice of Steven to go get the ball for him though, he probably would have regretted it later.

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