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Outtakes: Adeyanju fills in well for Little
By Bill Coats
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Monday, Oct. 22 2007
SEATTLE — With Leonard Little hobbled by a sore big toe Sunday, second-year
defensive end Victor Adeyanju saw his most extensive action of the season in
the Rams' 33-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Adeyanju, a fourth-round draft pick last year who started nine games as a
rookie before breaking an arm, was credited with five tackles in the unofficial
press box stats. On two of his stops, he dropped running back Shaun Alexander
"Leonard was coming in and out, so I had to help out a little bit," Adeyanju
said. "I was able to give him a little rest."
Adeyanju acknowledged that the offense's continuing scoring woes have added to
defense's responsibility. "We know the other side needs our help," he said.
"They're struggling a little bit, so we've got to pick up the weight."
PLAY OF THE DAY: Trailing 7-0 late in the first quarter, the Rams appeared to
have a sure touchdown when wide receiver Isaac Bruce got behind the defense and
hauled in Marc Bulger's pass. With nothing but green in front of him, Bruce
stumbled and fell. It was a 31-yard gain, but the Rams wound up with three
points instead of seven.
GAME BALLS: Rams — linebacker Will Witherspoon (13 tackles). Seahawks —
defensive end Darryl Tapp (four sacks, tying the franchise record).
BOMBS AWAY: Donnie Jones' 80-yard boot in the second quarter was the
third-longest punt in Rams history.
KICKING A HABIT: When kicker Jeff Wilkins was wide right from 44 yards early in
the fourth quarter, his percentage of successful field goals dipped to 66.7
percent (12 of 18). His lowest success rate for a season is 67.6 (25 of 37), in
1997. Wilkins, who had hit on 82.5 percent of his tries coming into his 14th
year in the NFL, hadn't misfired six times in a season since 2002.
NO FAIR: Fair catches on kickoffs are rare, but the Seahawks called one on a
"pooch" kick. Tackle Tom Ashworth made the catch without a bobble.
ROAD KILL: The Rams have been outscored 114-19 in their four away games.
HE SAID IT: "We're not a bad team. We just have a bad record." — wide receiver
Isaac Bruce on the 0-7 Rams.
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