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    Rams Notebook: Cutdown day arrives

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Saturday, Sep. 02 2006

    Now it gets really difficult for Scott Linehan.

    The Rams' first-year head coach said cutting 21 players since Monday "probably
    has been the toughest thing I've had to deal with. ... You just see the
    disappointment in their eyes."

    This morning, Linehan will dampen the spirits of 10 more hopefuls as the Rams
    get down to their regular-season roster of 53. The deadline is 3 p.m., but
    Linehan expects to deliver the news before practice starts at 11:45 a.m.

    "We have an idea who those 10 are going to be," Linehan said. "They're all hard
    decisions, but there are some I need to sleep on."

    The first eight cuts were made Monday. On Friday, 13 more players received pink
    slips:

    Wide receivers Brandon Middleton, Brad Pyatt, Clinton Solomon and Taylor
    Stubblefield; safety Deandre Eiland; linebacker Mike Goolsby; punter Andy
    Groom; tight end Alex Holmes; guard/tackle Ben Noll; center Donovan Raiola;
    defensive end Matthew Rice; tackle Drew Strojny; and running back J.D.
    Washington.

    None of those ranks as a big surprise, although Pyatt made a push for a job as
    the sixth wideout and as a return man. Now, rookie Marques Hagans appears to
    have the best shot at that role.

    While Linehan slumbered Friday night, you can bet some of those on the bubble
    were tossing and turning. Linehan said that the number of players to be kept at
    the various positions was determined earlier but that certain variables factor
    in, too.

    "We have a roster plan, and we have to stick with it," Linehan said. "The
    biggest thing I want us to be able to do is make sure we're giving ourselves
    the depth we need so we can be much improved on special teams. If this person
    has a significant contribution as a backup player, but on special teams he's
    potentially starting, that's kind of a kicker for a guy.

    "That's probably been the biggest decision-making factor for filling out the
    final portion of our roster, which is still kind of going through my head right
    now."

    The remaining cuts are likely to come from these areas:

    Quarterback Either Ryan Fitzpatrick or Dave Ragone will remain as the
    third-teamer. The other will go.

    Running back With the signing of Stephen Davis on Friday, Moe Williams and
    Fred Russell are vying for one spot " at the most.

    Tight end/fullback Four tight ends are left, and one could be let loose. All
    four could make it, though, if only one fullback " either Madison Hedgecock or
    Paul Smith " is retained.

    Offensive line All 10 could stick, but one might be trimmed. Guard Tony
    Palmer probably is the leading candidate.

    Wide receiver One opening remains, with either Hagans or Dominique Thompson
    getting the No. 6 spot.

    Defensive line Two could go, with tackles Tim Sandidge, Brian Howard, and
    perhaps end Brandon Green sweating it out.

    Linebacker One of the remaining eight probably will be cut. Rookie Tim
    McGarigle is on the hot seat.

    Defensive back All 10 could survive, but Dwaine Carpenter, Ron Bartell and
    DeJuan Groce aren't locks.

    The dynamics could change, too, if the Rams see some names they like as other
    teams trim their rosters. Between the first round of cuts earlier this week and
    today's deadline, about 700 players will have been released.

    "There's always an outside chance that something could change," Linehan said.
    "We left that door open for any possibility."


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    Re: Rams Notebook: Cutdown day arrives

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    Defensive back All 10 could survive, but Dwaine Carpenter, Ron Bartell and
    DeJuan Groce aren't locks.

    Hard to see Bartell getting cut,Carpenter would be my choice

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    Re: Rams Notebook: Cutdown day arrives

    Yeah I'd like Bartell to stay with us for a little while longer at least.

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    Talking Re: Rams Notebook: Cutdown day arrives

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip32 View Post
    Hard to see Bartell getting cut,Carpenter would be my choice
    I read that both are staying, but not sure why we are keeping Carpenter?

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