Rams Release 5 Players (Team Report)
By RON CLEMENTS
ST. LOUIS — As the offseason program winds down for the St. Louis Rams, the coaching staff has to trim to current roster of 92 players down to 80 by the start of training camp.
The cuts began this week as cornerback Cord Parks, safety Jeromy Jones, linebacker Freddie Harris, defensive tackle Ernest Reid and defensive Sean Conover were not at Tuesday’s organized team activities.
Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said after practice that “some roster moves were made” but did not say which players may have been waived. The team later confirmed the cuts.
Linebacker K.C. Asiodu was also not at Tuesday's OTAs, and it was reported, although not confirmed by the team, that he was also released.
Spagnuolo said releasing players is never easy to make and he tries to speak with each player to deliver the news himself.
“I just think that’s good business,” said Spagnuolo, adding a succinct explanation of the decision-making process. “It’s based on who we think the top 80 are that we’re going to bring to training camp.
“It doesn’t matter how you get here, it doesn’t matter how long you’re here, you try to keep the best guys.”
Parks was on the roster last year, and was expected to make the training camp roster this year. On the practice squad for much of the 2009 season, Park was activated near the end of the year because of injuries.
He was thought to be in the mix this year with rookie receiver Mardy Gilyard, veteran cornerback Quincy Butler and second-year receiver Danny Amendola as a kick returner.
Spagnuolo said Gilyard, who missed the first three weeks of OTAs because of the NFL’s graduation rule, is still getting used to the offensive schemes. Gilyard, selected out of Cincinnati at the top of the fourth round, receives some individual attention from receivers coach Nolan Cromwell to bring him up to speed on the playbook.
“He has a unique ability to fit in pretty quickly,” Spagnuolo said of the never-shy Gilyard. “He’s a very confident guy, which is a good thing in a wideout. He’s got a ways to go, but he’ll come along.”
Another rookie, cornerback Jerome Murphy, got to know Gilyard well while competing in the Big East Conference. The third-round draft pick from South Florida is adjusting to the different roles expected of him in the secondary.
“He was a little uncomfortable with things when he first got here, but now he’s playing some nickel, a little bit of dime and corner,” Spagnuolo said.
Wideout Brandon Gibson (hamstring) returned to practice with limited participation. Long snapper Chris Massey, who suffered a knee injury last season, is fully participating. Guard Mark Setterstrom was not at Tuesday’s practice, receiving a second opinion on his torn left triceps, which may need surgery. Setterstrom had surgery on the same arm last year and a surgery now may end his 2010 season.
Donnie Avery, the first receiver selected in the 2008 NFL draft, has packed on some muscle to help with his durability. Avery suffered a concussion, ankle and shoulder injuries last season.
“He wants to do so well so badly,” Spagnuolo said. “He’s one of those guys you can’t keep off the practice field. That’s the kind of guy he is, and that’s the kind of guy we want.”
With rookie quarterback Sam Bradford sharing first-team reps with A.J. Feeley and Keith Null, the Rams have another practice today before wrapping up OTAs on Thursday. The veterans will then be off until they report on July 30. Rookies will be in on July 28 with full training camp practices beginning on July 31.
By VanRam on Jun 15, 2010 4:57 PM CDT in St. Louis Rams news
St. Louis Rams first-round draft pick quarterback Sam Bradford got some work with the first team this week.
For the St. Louis Rams, the Sam Bradford era started when the commissioner announced the team's pick at the 2010 NFL Draft. The Bradford Era (B.E.?) won't start in earnest, however, until the first overall pick is officially handed the keys to the Rams offense. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo moved his team one step closer to that inevitable moment at practice today, giving Bradford some work with the starting unit.
It's still waaaaay too soon to know if Sam Bradford will be the Rams starting quarterback when opening day rolls around in September. Spring practices, in all their padless glory, will certainly be important in the decision by giving coaches a better idea of his grasp of the playbook, timing in the offense, etc. When the pads come out and the hitting starts next month, we'll get a lot more info on Bradford's readiness.
When will Bradford be starting? We'll likely know sometime during the preseason...talk about hedging.
Re: Rams Release 5 Players (Team Report)
"...attention from receivers coach Nolan Cromwell"
Wow!! LOL!! Shouldn't this dude be teaching our safties!?!?!