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    Minicamp's hectic pace keeps Palmer hopping: MAKING THE CUT

    By Kathleen Nelson
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, May. 16 2006

    A ROOKIE'S JOURNEY

    After the first day of rookie minicamp, guard Tony Palmer was a whipped pup.
    When asked how many meetings he had attended, he said, "I want to say three or
    four, but I don't remember."

    He also wasn't quite sure how the blood got on the front of his jersey. "I was
    just trying to go hard," he said.

    The pace was torrid by comparison to his days at Missouri.

    "You make mistakes, but you don't have a lot of time to think about them," he
    said after two workouts Saturday. "We're definitely playing at a different
    tempo. Definitely faster."

    Over the course of the weekend, the Rams also pumped up the volume, the amount
    of information in the playbook.

    "Coming from a zone scheme to a power scheme is definitely different," Palmer
    said. "In college, there's only so many plays that you repped. In the NFL, it's
    at least 10 times as many plays."

    Coach Scott Linehan said that despite two to three hours of meetings a day and
    five workouts, the staff emphasized that the material covered in minicamp was
    just the tip of the iceberg.

    "But we gave them quite a bit," Linehan said. "Basically, we gave them the same
    as the veterans in their minicamp to see what they can absorb and translate on
    the field."

    The rookie camp closed with wind sprints, in which Palmer and fellow guard Mark
    Setterstrom brought up the rear. Their position was little cause for concern;
    the coaches would worry only if anyone finished behind the duo.

    "Tony's a road grader," Linehan said. "What he'll be able to show will show up
    more when we have pads, when he can really come off the ball and block
    somebody. Exceptional strength."

    The pace of minicamp was so hectic that Palmer had no time to call his mom and
    dad, Adrienne and Richard Gaines, back home in Midwest City, Okla. Instead,
    words of support came from players at minicamp who lived through their
    initiation last year.

    "Some of the first-year players came to me and said, 'We've been in the same
    situation, so don't worry about it. It's going to come. Just give it time, and
    just keep looking at your playbook. You're going to pick it up,'" Palmer said.

    Because Palmer already has received his degree in general studies from Mizzou,
    he can stick around and participate in OTAs, shorthand for organized team
    activities, which begin today. Palmer said he expected to remain in Earth City
    for at least a month, through OTAs and minicamp with the veterans.

    He has stayed in tight quarters, though, sharing a hotel room with Setterstrom.
    With just enough space for two big guys and their playbooks, the room lacks
    creature comforts. That's fine; Palmer planned to spend his downtime after the
    first week of OTAs poring over the playbook in his hotel.

    "Most of my stuff from school was given away," he said. "The junk's in
    Columbia. The stuff I care about is in Oklahoma."

    One thing he was forced to part with at Rams Park was the number 52, which he
    wore at Midwest City High and Mizzou. Because veteran linebacker Dexter Coakley
    has claimed it with the Rams, Palmer is getting comfortable with a new number,
    65.

    "It would be nice to have 52, but just to have a Rams jersey on my back is more
    than enough for me," he said


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    Re: Minicamp's hectic pace keeps Palmer hopping: MAKING THE CUT

    I thinks its a case of throwing everything at them and see what sticks,poor Palmer he must be bricking it!!!

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    Re: Minicamp's hectic pace keeps Palmer hopping: MAKING THE CUT

    blood on jersey..... is that good or bad?

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    Re: Minicamp's hectic pace keeps Palmer hopping: MAKING THE CUT

    when do we find out who makes it all, and who gets cut?


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    Re: Minicamp's hectic pace keeps Palmer hopping: MAKING THE CUT

    Quote Originally Posted by Varg6
    when do we find out who makes it all, and who gets cut?
    MY GOD Varg6....plenty of time for that question (July through August)

    I have to laugh....I remember looking at the playbook and saying "NO WAY". It can be overwhelming. You'd be surprised what you pick up and remember though. Many of the plays I use today!
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    Re: Minicamp's hectic pace keeps Palmer hopping: MAKING THE CUT

    i cant wait till the rams are through the preseason so i'll know whose officially on the roster

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    Re: Minicamp's hectic pace keeps Palmer hopping: MAKING THE CUT

    Quote Originally Posted by bigredman
    MY GOD Varg6....plenty of time for that question (July through August)

    I have to laugh....I remember looking at the playbook and saying "NO WAY". It can be overwhelming. You'd be surprised what you pick up and remember though. Many of the plays I use today!
    Out of interest Big Red who did you play for and who do you coach??

    im guessing you was an O-lineman??

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    Re: Minicamp's hectic pace keeps Palmer hopping: MAKING THE CUT

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew4EverRams
    Out of interest Big Red who did you play for and who do you coach??

    im guessing you was an O-lineman??
    I was also curious after reading his previous post.
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    Re: Minicamp's hectic pace keeps Palmer hopping: MAKING THE CUT

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew4EverRams
    Out of interest Big Red who did you play for and who do you coach??

    im guessing you was an O-lineman??
    Linebacker...Pop Warner = Jackson Lions, High School = Amador Buffalos, College = California State University Sacramento Hornets, Alaska Semi-Pro team = Anchorage Wolves, and tried out for the Rams in 1979. I coach Pop Warner Varsity Ravens here in Stockton.
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    Re: Minicamp's hectic pace keeps Palmer hopping: MAKING THE CUT

    Quote Originally Posted by bigredman
    Linebacker...tried out for the Rams in 1979.
    Are you serious or bull crapping us? And how the heck do you try out?
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    Re: Minicamp's hectic pace keeps Palmer hopping: MAKING THE CUT

    hey RF16 are you planning to play football in college?

    do you play football for a team right now?

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    Re: Minicamp's hectic pace keeps Palmer hopping: MAKING THE CUT

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan4ever
    blood on jersey..... is that good or bad?
    Im a little concerned that he didnt know where it came from kinda like an unhindged psycho killer who has been found wearing a blood soaked shirt after a "blackout"; claiming "gee,hoss the last thing i knew i was eating chicken"!

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    Re: Minicamp's hectic pace keeps Palmer hopping: MAKING THE CUT

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan4ever
    hey RF16 are you planning to play football in college?

    do you play football for a team right now?
    I currently play HS. I play CB/S/WR.
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    Re: Minicamp's hectic pace keeps Palmer hopping: MAKING THE CUT

    Quote Originally Posted by bigredman
    Linebacker...tried out for the Rams in 1979. I coach Pop Warner Varsity Ravens here in Stockton.
    cool,tough competition for LB places at that time tho so maybe you were round in the wrong era,you would have walked into the team the last few years!

    heard the name pop warner-im thinking its either pre teens or kurt warner`s dad??



    ok cheers read your edited post!
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    Re: Minicamp's hectic pace keeps Palmer hopping: MAKING THE CUT

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan16
    I currently play HS. I play CB/S/WR.
    maybe think of sticking to one position RF16 if you want to get drafted in the first two rounds and get the big bucks! (tho im guessing its more your coaches call than yours)

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