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Mini Camp Preview
Mini Camp Preview
By: Howard Balzer
Date: Jun 8, 2006
The Rams are ready to roll in 2006 and the final mini camp of the summer is set for this weekend at Rams Park. New Head Coach Scott Linehan has some questions that need answering though...how long can that offense stay exciting and can the defense stop anyone? Find out here....
The Rams' off-season is nearing conclusion, with the start of training camp only seven weeks away. A busy off-season will culminate in a few more OTAs following the final minicamp this weekend (June 9-11).
Because they have a new coach, the Rams were allowed to have three minicamps, but this is the only one considered mandatory for veterans.
There will be two practices Saturday and Sunday (10:30-12:10 and 3:30-5), with the final workout 9:50-11 Sunday morning.
Here are some questions to be answered during minicamp:
Will Marshall Faulk be in attendance?
Faulk did not attend the April veterans camp because of what was said to be a prior commitment. Additionally, he wouldn't have been able to do much because of off-season surgery on both knees.
A recent Internet report claimed Faulk is out of shape and "chunky," but the story on cbssportline.com failed to note that Faulk had undergone surgery.
Many eyes will be on Faulk, assuming he participates.
What will the first offensive line unit look like?
Center Andy McCollum and right guard Adam Timmerman did not take part in the first minicamp because of off-season surgeries. In their place, Richie Incognito was at right guard and Larry Turner at center. In addition, Todd Steussie was at left guard instead of Claude Terrell, who was recovering from a wrist injury and was also overweight.
McCollum and Timmerman were expected to participate in this minicamp. If that is the case, the question will be at left guard. Terrell, Steussie or Incognito? The latter worked at center during the post-draft rookie minicamp.
Is linebacker Brandon Chillar recovered from shoulder problems?
Chillar, if healthy, is the favorite to be the team's strong-side linebacker. However, don't count out free-agent acquisition Raonall Smith. Minicamp will give a glimpse of what coaches are currently thinking.
How deep is Travis Fisher in the doghouse, and is Jerametrius Butler ready to compete?
Fisher played poorly when he was on the field last season, but in fairness to him, he was bothered by a groin problem that eventually landed him on injured reserve. Butler missed the entire season because of a knee injury suffered early in training camp.
There have been reports Fisher has asked to be traded, but so far nothing has happened. There is a lot of competition at corner, highlighted by first-round pick Tye Hill, free-agent addition Fakhir Brown and returning players DeJuan Groce and Ron Bartell.
Who is the leader at free safety?
That position was a problem last season, and questions remain. O.J. Atogwe made some plays at the end of the 2005 season, and has been penciled in as the starter during the off-season. Jerome Carter is competing with him.
Re: Mini Camp Preview
I am very interested in Chillar's health, I'd love to see this guy at 100%, and hmm, who would trade Travis Fisher? What team? and what player would we be shooting for? Hmm, these are the questions that need to be answered!
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