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    Rams | Alston seeing double duty

    Rams | Alston seeing double duty
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    Nick Wagoner, of StLouisRams.com, reports St. Louis Rams LB Jon Alston will work at both safety and linebacker; he will probably play various positions for the team's defense.


    I love hearing that! Anyway we can have him on the field!


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    Re: Rams | Alston seeing double duty

    ...and this is new news how again? We've been hearing that he'd be tried out at multiple positions since draft day.

    Regardless, if Alston does manage to see significant time at LB, it's going to have me a bit worried since it would mean we're starting three guys with WLB bodies. The athleticism is great, but there comes a point where you need some beef in the front seven.

    This is why drafting Alston while alreadying having Witherspoon and Pisa kind of made me scratch my head, but hopefully Haslett has something up his sleeve.

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    Re: Rams | Alston seeing double duty

    Alston would make a great Rover. I don't know if that is the direction Haslett is going or not, but that would be perfect for Alston, IMO.

    If his role is as a traditional LB, and he has a shot at starting next to Pisa and Spoon, I would have to assume that Kennedy has impressed the daylights out of everyone in Rams Park. Because I just don't see any way that three WLB's can be on the field without a space-eating mountain on the front-line.
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    Re: Rams | Alston seeing double duty

    It news to me since I have looked at the same picture of Armey on the Dispatch page for 3 weeks and have bypassed endless "Position Updates" on "Official" page for like two weeks....Can't they just start playing now!

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    Re: Rams | Alston seeing double duty

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick
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    This is why drafting Alston while alreadying having Witherspoon and Pisa kind of made me scratch my head, but hopefully Haslett has something up his sleeve.
    Well, I think the fact that Pisa is a FA at the end of this year probably played a significant part in the drafting of Alston. Granted we'd all love to resign Pisa, but as we know they are certainly no guarantees that that will happen.

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    Re: Rams | Alston seeing double duty

    That fact we are on the smallish side with our LB's. I think we will see him playing safety, supporting the run. And also when we go 4-3 he might find his way onto the field.

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    Re: Rams | Alston seeing double duty

    I think he will be a rover SS used primararly in run support and probably in versions of the 3-4.

    As for the rest of the LB's, we have Smith and Chillar battling for the SLB spot.
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    Re: Rams | Alston seeing double duty

    Linehan's said Alston will be used in a role for special situations, like you all mentioned with blitzing, run support, 3-4 looks, etc., basically replacing the role Archie should've had since he can't cover. Actually, Alston is known as a good coverage player, so he could even end up being an upgrade over Arch. While he may never be a starter, I have high hopes for him as a blazing special teamer and situational rover SS.

    Anyone else think he [keyword -->] might be our answer to Vernon Davis?

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    Re: Rams | Alston seeing double duty

    Quote Originally Posted by Evil Disco Man
    Anyone else think he [keyword -->] might be our answer to Vernon Davis?
    Could very well be.

    I like the kid's potential to be a playmaker.



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    Re: Rams | Alston seeing double duty

    I think Alston will win the starting FS job in the preseason

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    Re: Rams | Alston seeing double duty

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan4ever
    I think Alston will win the starting FS job in the preseason
    Why is that? He's being considered as an option at STRONG safety because of his ability as a blitzer off the edge, his ability to be physical with most tight ends and 'backs, and his athletism in keeping up with players in man situations. I really don't feel comfortable with what he could bring to the table in a deep zone standpoint, because you're essentially moving him further away from the line of scrimmage and thus not fully utilizing his ability in run support or as a blitzer.

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