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    Looks like Rams will pass on Derrick Ward

    Looks like Rams will pass on Derrick Ward
    BY JIM THOMAS | Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 10:22 am

    Eighteen months ago at the start of the 2009 free agency period, new St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo phoned running back Derrick Ward to gauge his interest in joining the Rams.

    Coming off a 1,025-yard rushing season with the New York Giants, where Spagnuolo had been defensive coordinator, Ward signed with Tampa Bay instead -- for a reported $17 million.

    Now, after just one highly disappointing season with the Buccaneers, Ward is available once again. He was released Tuesday, but this time around, it doesn't look like the Rams are interested.

    Why not? Simply stated, Ward looks awful on tape. One league source said he looks almost disinterested. According to reports out of Tampa, Ward showed up to training camp overweight. He rushed for only 50 yards on 21 carries (2.4 yards per carry) during the preseason.

    After averaging 5.6 yards per carry for the '08 Giants, he dipped to 3.6 yards for Tampa Bay last season, with 409 yards on 114 carries.

    The Rams will continue to scan the waiver wire and league transaction list for help at running back behind Steven Jackson. But it doesn't look like it will be Ward.

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    Re: Looks like Rams will pass on Derrick Ward

    Why not invite him in for a workout? Sometimes these players just need a change of scenery to snap out of the funk their in.

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    Re: Looks like Rams will pass on Derrick Ward

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    Why not invite him in for a workout? Sometimes these players just need a change of scenery to snap out of the funk their in.
    Well for one its going to take time for him to get into playing shape in addition to learning the playbook, when you can bring in a guy that IS in shape & hungry and now can focus solely on learning the nuances of the offense.
    This guy looks like he's won a ring, got his money, and is now disinterested in playing.

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    Re: Looks like Rams will pass on Derrick Ward

    That may be true ManofGod, but we need to work him out and take a close look at him. We will go 0-16 if SJAX goes down, we need to be looking under every rock to upgrade our RB corps.

    It would be a shame just to write this year off as a building year. It looks like the management has already decided this.

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    Re: Looks like Rams will pass on Derrick Ward

    He hasn't really shown much in preseason, certainly not more than Ogby and Darby have

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    Re: Looks like Rams will pass on Derrick Ward

    Should be better backs than him available after the Sep 4 cutdown day.

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