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    Rams Make Roster Moves

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    TE Joel Jacobs, S Justin Lucas, and QB Russ Michna have signed with the St. Louis Rams. In another roster move, the Rams released TEs Spencer Nead and John Frieser.

    Jacobs, 6-3, 250, is a rookie from Nebraska-Kearney. He is one of only three players in school history to earn first-team all-conference honors three times, as he caught 66 passes for 623 yards and six touchdowns in his career. The Mullen, NE native made 27 receptions for 228 yards as a senior.

    Lucas, 5-10, 211, will enter his sixth NFL season in 2004 after playing his first five professional seasons for the Arizona Cardinals. The Abilene Christian product has played in 58 games, with eight starts in his NFL career, and has tallied 141 tackles (81 solo) with two interceptions. Last season, Lucas played in 11 games, notching 23 tackles (17 solo), adding four special teams tackles.

    Michna, 6-1, 224, is a rookie from Western Illinois. The former Leatherneck earned Gateway Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior, leading WIU to a 20-6 record and two trips to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. As a senior, he threw for a school-record 3,160 yards and 21 touchdowns on 211 of 371 passing, adding 167 yards on 70 rushing attempts and four touchdowns.

    Nead, 6-4, 259, played in 10 games with two starts as a rookie in 2003 at fullback and tight end, catching one pass for six yards. The product of BYU ended the season on the practice squad.

    Frieser, 6-4, 260, was a rookie from Colgate.
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    Re: Rams Make Roster Moves

    Rams sign Cleeland, pick up safety from Cardinals
    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    06/04/2004



    Wasting little time with the salary cap money they freed up by releasing quarterback Kurt Warner, the Rams have begun to fill holes in their roster.

    On Friday, they signed former Arizona Cardinals safety Justin Lucas and agreed to terms with tight end Cam Cleeland, who was with the Rams last season. Both are one-year deals.

    Cleeland, 28, is a six-year NFL veteran. His best season was in 1998, when as a rookie he caught 54 passes for 684 yards and six touchdowns for New Orleans. Cleeland, 6 feet 4 and 272 pounds, played four seasons with the Saints and one with New England before coming to St. Louis in 2003 as a free agent. He caught 10 passes for 145 yards last year.

    Brandon Manumaleuna, Cleeland and rookie Erik Jensen are expected to make up the team's tight ends corps. Fullback-tight end Spencer Nead, who caught one pass last season, was released Friday.

    Cleeland suffered smoke inhalation recently when he stopped along a road near Mount Vernon, Wash., and pulled a motorist from car that had struck a tree and become engulfed in flames. The victim was airlifted to a Seattle hospital, where he died the next day.

    Lucas, 27, started eight games in five seasons in Arizona, where Larry Marmie was the secondary coach and later defensive coordinator. Coach Mike Martz hired Marmie in January to replace Lovie Smith as the Rams' defensive coordinator. Smith is the Chicago Bears' new head coach.

    The 5-10, 190-pound Lucas, who played college football at Abilene Christian, had 23 tackles in 11 games last season, when ankle injuries limited his playing time. In November 2002, he scored a touchdown against the Rams. Cornerback David Barrett intercepted a Marc Bulger pass and quickly lateraled to Lucas, who sprinted 35 yards to the end zone. The Rams prevailed 27-14 at Sun Devil Stadium.

    Lucas, Rich Coady and rookie Jason Shivers figure to provide depth at safety behind starters Adam Archuleta and Aeneas Williams.

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