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    New Rams Join the Fray

    New Rams Join the Fray
    By Casey Pearce/Stlouisrams.com




    On Mike Sims-Walker’s second practice snap as a member of the St. Louis Rams, he ran past his defender and glided down the sideline where quarterback Sam Bradford hit him in stride for a touchdown that covered roughly 50 yards.

    It was a play that in Sims-Walker’s mind had been a long time coming. Although many of the veteran free agents who signed with the Rams in the last week have been in St. Louis for a few days, Thursday provided their first opportunity to practice with their new team.

    Veterans who signed new contracts in the last week were not able to hit the field until the NFLPA officially ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. That happened Thursday afternoon through a player vote.

    “The first day out here I said, ‘It’s going to be a long five days watching,’” Sims-Walker said. “I just wanted to join my new teammates and I finally got to today. It was great.”

    Thursday’s practice was originally scheduled for 1:50 p.m., but coach Steve Spagnuolo pushed it back to 3 as teams anticipated that the new league year would start then. The Rams’ free agents exited the locker room in full practice gear and were ready to go but they took their pads off when the official go ahead from the NFL and the NFLPA was delayed.

    “It was a little bit weird but I think our guys handled it well,” linebacker David Vobora, who as a restricted free agent this year also had to wait for Thursday to begin practicing, said. “Being out here watching has been torture for us, so it was good to finally get the go ahead and get back on the field.”

    The free agents didn’t shoulder a full workload Thursday as Spagnuolo made an effort to ease the large group back into things, but the head coach certainly enjoyed having a full arsenal available.

    “I think there was 16 guys, which means we were not practicing with a lot of people here there for a while,” Spagnuolo said. “It’s good to have those guys out there.”

    During the last week, the free agents stood on the sideline and took mental reps during every practice, but as guard Harvey Dahl expressed after his first practice as a Ram, there’s no substitute for the live action.

    “You’re learning (the offense), but until you actually do it, you don’t know how well you know it until he’s calling the play in the huddle and you’re going up there and snapping the ball,” Dahl said. “It was good to get this out of the way, the first practice, get that first hit out of the way and now we can start rolling.”

    Backing up Jack

    Running back Jerious Norwood was one of the nine veteran who made their Rams debut Thursday, and the team officially announced the signing of Carnell “Cadillac” Williams. The duo will back up three-time Pro Bowler Steven Jackson, who is pleased with the acquisitions the Rams have made across the board.

    “I’m really excited,” Jackson said. “When you bring some new fresh talent to the team, bring competition to each and every position, I think it will make each and every person better and in all that makes the team better. The additions across the board, I think, have made us better on paper. Now it’s about gelling as a team and getting everybody on the same page.”

    Williams, who was the 2005 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, called Jackson “the complete back” and said he’s looking forward to contributing in St. Louis however he can.

    “I’m just looking forward to coming out and competing and help Steven Jackson and help the offense any way possible,” Williams said. “I’m just looking forward to doing whatever. I feel like I can find my way on the team, bring something to the table. I’m willing to prove that and I can’t wait to get it done. “

    Quinn making progress

    Rams first-round pick Robert Quinn was activated from Reserve - Non-Football Injury list Thursday and took a step closer to making his NFL practice debut. Quinn didn’t take part in team drills but was involved in some individual periods.

    “We didn’t have him banging around, but slowly working him back in,” Spagnuolo said. “He did some of the walkthrough portions of practice and to be honest with you, I was fairly impressed with what he had picked up mentally. I know he has a long way to go but it was a good start.”

    Congrats, Marc

    Former Rams quarterback Marc Bulger announced his retirement on Wednesday, but because the Rams didn’t practice Wednesday, Thursday provided their first opportunity to speak about the two-time Pro Bowler.

    “To me he is a special guy, classy guy, great competitor,” Spagnuolo said. “I always appreciated him being here and what he did, and I just want to give a shout out to Marc. I’ll get a chance to talk to him here soon, have a nice conversation.”

    RAM BITS

    Spagnuolo reported two injuries Thursday: defensive end Eugene Sims(concussion) didn’t practice, and receiver Dominique Curry suffered a fractured hand during Thursday’s drills… the team waived running back Chauncey Washington Thursday… former Cardinals relief pitcher Todd Worrell was on hand for Thursday’s practice… the Rams return to the field Friday at 5 p.m., and fans are invited to attend the practice.


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    Re: New Rams Join the Fray

    Did Sims-Walker burn Bartell or Fletcher? Cause if that guy can burn Bartell, then we've really struck gold with Sims.

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    Re: New Rams Join the Fray

    Quote Originally Posted by fliptalianstallion View Post
    Did Sims-Walker burn Bartell or Fletcher? Cause if that guy can burn Bartell, then we've really struck gold with Sims.
    I seen a picture and it was Fletcher.



    As you can see at the top of the screen #10 (Sims-Walker) is going against #32 (Fletcher).

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    Re: New Rams Join the Fray

    Quote Originally Posted by sosa39rams View Post
    I seen a picture and it was Fletcher.



    As you can see at the top of the screen #10 (Sims-Walker) is going against #32 (Fletcher).
    I am loving the fact that he is already proving himself in only his first practice. Keep it up MSW. May not be our best acquisition overall, but certainly my favorite.

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    Re: New Rams Join the Fray

    DANG IT I was in St louis on Thursday and I could not talk my girlfriend into going because it was about 12 when we checked out of the hotel and she did not want to wait (I can understand because we had a horrible experience at the hotel). Turns outs we would of waited till 3 and even longer to see MSW and I did not see that happening.

    Well I guess I will be driving to St Louis in the next few days I need some football in my life lol.

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    Re: New Rams Join the Fray

    Quote Originally Posted by sosa39rams View Post
    I seen a picture and it was Fletcher.



    As you can see at the top of the screen #10 (Sims-Walker) is going against #32 (Fletcher).

    That's a nice picture but doesn't tell the whole story. Rams were playing Cover-2. Fletcher released and the safety, Dahl, did not get over in time ....

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    Re: New Rams Join the Fray

    Beating man is one thing....We getting beat on our first team D for a 50yrd td in cover 2 deep. Hummmm...Good job O..Bad job D

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    Re: New Rams Join the Fray

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsInfiniti View Post
    That's a nice picture but doesn't tell the whole story. Rams were playing Cover-2. Fletcher released and the safety, Dahl, did not get over in time ....
    RI you are right. Fletcher didn't entirely get beat. We were playing cover 2 so Fletcher let him go basically at that point and Dahl was to late in getting over on single coverage. Here is the final play:




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    Re: New Rams Join the Fray

    Quote Originally Posted by sosa39rams View Post
    RI you are right. Fletcher didn't entirely get beat. We were playing cover 2 so Fletcher let him go basically at that point and Dahl was to late in getting over on single coverage. Here is the final play:



    Man, Dahl's got to get a little better at that. Wasn't it a similar play that caused the Seahags to get that huge play in week 17?

    EDIT: Also, where did you get all those pictures?

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    Re: New Rams Join the Fray

    Pettis practicing with 1st team?

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    Re: New Rams Join the Fray

    Quote Originally Posted by ram1906 View Post
    Pettis practicing with 1st team?
    From what I've read, the 1st team WR's have been rotating quite a bit. Looks like all of them have gotten some time in with Bradford.

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    Re: New Rams Join the Fray

    great blocking though, no rush at all!

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    Re: New Rams Join the Fray

    Quote Originally Posted by sosa39rams View Post
    RI you are right. Fletcher didn't entirely get beat. We were playing cover 2 so Fletcher let him go basically at that point and Dahl was to late in getting over on single coverage. Here is the final play:
    BTW, I checked out your blog dude. Good work! Keep it up!

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    Re: New Rams Join the Fray

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsInfiniti View Post
    BTW, I checked out your blog dude. Good work! Keep it up!
    Thanks a ton! Always coming out with new articles, so keep checking!

    And Ramendola, I got those pictures from another Rams forum ahaha. One of their members goes and snaps some solid pics, so I decided to use them here. And yeah Dahl was the reason Ruvell Martin got that 60 yard catch against us in week 17.

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    Re: New Rams Join the Fray

    Quote Originally Posted by THOLTFAN81 View Post
    I am loving the fact that he is already proving himself in only his first practice. Keep it up MSW. May not be our best acquisition overall, but certainly my favorite.
    He's arguably the most experienced receiver out there, so I don't think it's a matter of proving himself. The physical ability isn't contested. Rather, I think the questions around Sims-Walker are (1) can he stay healthy, and (2) does he have the maturity, drive, and work ethic to make the most out of those physical gifts? Hopefully the change of scenery works wonders for him.
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