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    Rams' Jonathan Wade Is Ready To Start Opener For The First Time

    Rams' Jonathan Wade is ready to start opener for the first time
    BY BILL COATS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    09/10/2009

    Life is changing dramatically for Jonathan Wade. He's gotten married, become a father and now is a starting cornerback for the Rams.

    Items one and two easily are the most important, he stressed. "I married my soulmate, and I have a child now. That changes everything about the way you look at life," Wade said. "I feel so blessed to have those two people in my life."

    Although the youngster is barely a month old, Wade already has an ambitious future mapped out for him. "I'm looking for him to be drafted," said the proud father, a third-round draftee in 2007.

    The near future is bright, too, he acknowledged. On Sunday, Wade is expected to be in the starting lineup for a season opener for the first time in his three NFL seasons.

    "Just to get on the plane, travel with the team, and put the uniform on is a special treat. I try not to take any of it for granted," he said. "That I may be out there on the first play is a tad bit exciting by itself, but I have to go out there and play. I can't be star-struck, because I have 10 other teammates counting on me."

    The Rams decided not to re-sign Fakhir Brown, the first-team cornerback opposite Ron Bartell last year. Then they traded Brown's successor, former first-round draft pick Tye Hill, to Atlanta last week.

    Obviously, the new coaching staff felt comfortable with Wade, who had played in all 32 games, with two starts, his first two seasons.

    "Jonathan's one of those feisty guys ... one of those energetic guys," coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "He's really into it; he loves playing football. Any defense needs that kind of energy."

    Wade, a former All-America sprinter at Tennessee, also brings speed, decent size (5 feet 10 and 198 pounds) and improved coverage skills. He tied for second on the club in preseason tackles, with 12.

    "Jon moving up is no big deal," Bartell said. "He's been here for three years now, and he's become a better football player. He's not worried about making mistakes or missing tackles or anything. He's a lot more confident now. ...

    "We expect a lot of big things from him."

    INJURY UPDATE

    Safety Craig Dahl (hamstring), linebacker Larry Grant (knee) and guard John Greco (wrist) sat out practice Wednesday. Spagnuolo already has ruled out Grant for Sunday's game, and Greco, who had surgery over the weekend, is expected to miss two to three weeks.

    Spagnuolo said only quarterback Marc Bulger (finger) and fullback Mike Karney (ankle) were limited. But when the first game-week injury report of the season was issued later, running back Samkon Gado (ribs) and defensive end Leonard Little (knee) also were listed as limited.

    GADO 'GOOD TO GO'

    Gado is wearing extra padding to protect the cartilage damage to his ribs. "In practice, I don't even realize that I'm hurt," he reported. "I'll be good to go Sunday."

    The injury occurred Thursday in the preseason finale vs. Kansas City. Gado, who is expected to back up Steven Jackson vs. the Seahawks, played down his quick recovery.

    "It's something that you play with," he said. "Yeah, there's going to be pain during the game. But at this position, if something like that is enough to put you out, then you might want to consider playing another position."

    RAM-BLINGS

    Using what he called a "secret system," Spagnuolo will name weekly captains. This week's choices are Jackson (offense), safety Oshiomogho Atogwe (defense) and kicker Josh Brown (special teams). ... While the 53-man roster is set (for now), two players have changed numbers: Gado, to 35 from 38; and cornerback Cord Parks, to 23 from 42.


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    Re: Rams' Jonathan Wade Is Ready To Start Opener For The First Time

    Here's a fearless forecast....

    With opposing QBs avoiding Bartell somewhat, Wade will have the ball thrown his way quite a bit. The outcome will be that he will get beat from time to time, but he will also lead the Rams in interceptions.

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    Re: Rams' Jonathan Wade Is Ready To Start Opener For The First Time

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Here's a fearless forecast....

    With opposing QBs avoiding Bartell somewhat, Wade will have the ball thrown his way quite a bit. The outcome will be that he will get beat from time to time, but he will also lead the Rams in interceptions.
    Its also worth noting that Bartell has Butler lining up as CB on his side, where as Wade has Atogwe closer to him

    OJ loves a pick, and QBs better be wary throwing to that side because they are going to be aggressive in going for the Int

    Its also good to see OJ get recognised as a captain on defense, we need to get him locked up longterm

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    Re: Rams' Jonathan Wade Is Ready To Start Opener For The First Time

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    Rams' Jonathan Wade is ready to start opener for the first time
    BY BILL COATS
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    09/10/2009


    Spagnuolo said only quarterback Marc Bulger (finger) and fullback Mike Karney (ankle) were limited.
    If Bulger can't practice like he is ready to play we might be better starting KB and let Bulger set another week.
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    Re: Rams' Jonathan Wade Is Ready To Start Opener For The First Time

    Personally, I'd take Bulger on crutches before I'd want Boller starting a game for the Rams.

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    Re: Rams' Jonathan Wade Is Ready To Start Opener For The First Time

    Wade looked promising in preseason, and looked good against the run. He will be tested early as Seattle has a decent WR corp. How much pressure the Rams can put on Hasselback will be key.

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    Re: Rams' Jonathan Wade Is Ready To Start Opener For The First Time

    good to see Wade seems to have developed..

    out of all the units on our new young team..its the secondary that excites me most at this point.
    not just Wade but Atogwe,Bartell,J.Butler,Q.Butler,Fletcher,Smith,King...

    young players with vast postential..good work ethics and top notch coaching at the position..all seems sweet to me..

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    Re: Rams' Jonathan Wade Is Ready To Start Opener For The First Time

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Here's a fearless forecast....

    With opposing QBs avoiding Bartell somewhat, Wade will have the ball thrown his way quite a bit. The outcome will be that he will get beat from time to time, but he will also lead the Rams in interceptions.
    If Wade gives up a ton of passes, I hope fans aren't dumping on him. He is what he is and he needs to be given significant time to develop before we even rate him. Bartell was given a lot of time and right before he blossomed, a lot of fans were hating on him.

    I pick Spoon to get as many interceptions as Wade. They seem to be running a jamming zone defense a lot of time and then mixing it up with serious cushions. Wade is going to be blamed for giving up underneath passes. I think Spoon and JLau can take advantage of that.

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    Re: Rams' Jonathan Wade Is Ready To Start Opener For The First Time

    Its good the rams chose to go in a other direction - Tye Hill for whatever reason was a liability. Kudo's to Spags and Devaney -keeping thier word.
    Does anyone know what compensation the rams are likely getting?

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