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    Rams notebook: Clock is ticking on Hill

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Wednesday, Jul. 26 2006

    The days have dwindled to one, and Tye Hill's name has yet to be affixed to a
    Rams contract. No need to panic, the team's first-round draft choice assured.

    "I'm not worried at all," Hill, a cornerback from Clemson, said Tuesday. "It'll
    get done."

    Technically, training camp opens at 1 p.m. today, when the players gather at
    Rams Park for a team meeting. Realistically, the deadline for Hill and the two
    other draft choices who also haven't signed is 9:35 a.m. Thursday, the start of
    the first practice.

    "We're working hard," said Doug Hendrickson, Hill's California-based agent.
    "There's nothing close right now, but we're talking. We hope to get something
    done in time before camp, although we definitely want a fair deal."

    Asked to assess the odds of Hill being in attendance Thursday morning,
    Hendrickson said, "I feel pretty confident, to be honest with you. We
    understand the importance of getting guys in on time."

    As does first-year head coach Scott Linehan, who said it's especially crucial
    for a defensive back. "I think it's really hard for a secondary player to miss
    time, based on all the adjustments you've got to make," he said. "A secondary
    guy, he misses a week of training camp, he's looking for the most confusing
    time of his life."

    Hill agreed. "It's important; I want to be on top of everything."

    Three more are signed

    Three more draft picks signed Tuesday, so seven of 10 have joined the fold.
    Defensive lineman Claude Wroten, a third-round choice out of Louisiana State,
    got a four-year deal. Tight end Dominique Byrd, a third-rounder from Southern
    California, and wide receiver Marques Hagans, a fifth-round pick from Virginia,
    signed for three years. Details were not disclosed.

    In addition to Hill, only tight end Joe Klopfenstein of Colorado (second round)
    and linebacker Jon Alston of Stanford (third) remain unsigned.

    Smoker is released

    Jeff Smoker became the odd man out in the Rams' quarterback glut when he was
    released Tuesday. That means four QBs will be on hand for the start of camp:
    starter Marc Bulger, backup Gus Frerotte, and Ryan Fitzpatrick and Dave Ragone,
    who will fight it out for the No. 3 job.

    The Rams drafted Smoker in the sixth round out of Michigan State in 2004. He
    was the No. 3 quarterback that year, then was released and re-signed twice last
    season.

    "It really would've helped him if he had gotten himself to NFL Europe," Linehan
    said. "That just helps give you a feel for how a guy can play."

    Fitzpatrick, a Harvard product, was a seventh-round draftee in 2005. He played
    in four games with three starts last year after Bulger and Jamie Martin were
    injured. Ragone, a lefty who played in two games during three seasons with the
    Houston Texans, came June 20 from Cincinnati for a seventh-round pick in 2007.


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    Re: Rams notebook: Clock is ticking on Hill

    In addition to Hill, only tight end Joe Klopfenstein of Colorado (second round)
    and linebacker Jon Alston of Stanford (third) remain unsigned.
    I hope they get signed by tonite so they wont miss anything in training camp.

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    Re: Rams notebook: Clock is ticking on Hill

    (Quote)"We're working hard," said Doug Hendrickson, Hill's California-based agent.
    "There's nothing close right now, but we're talking. We hope to get something
    done in time before camp, although we definitely want a fair deal."

    "nothing close right now" Man that sound a little troubling so close to the start of camp, if he misses any time he will be fighting a up hill battle the rest of camp.
    :ramlogo:

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    Re: Rams notebook: Clock is ticking on Hill

    They need to get it done period , lets play football ...

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    Re: Rams notebook: Clock is ticking on Hill

    It didnt surprise me at all that Smoker was released. He was always a Martz project, and was always the odd one out after Ragone was bought in.

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    Re: Rams notebook: Clock is ticking on Hill

    I think i would have kept Smoker and released Fitz but what do i know!

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