By Bill Coats
Of the Post-Dispatch
Tuesday, Aug. 31 2004

The Rams reached the 65-player limit Tuesday by releasing offensive tackle
Jeremy Phillips. The 53-man final roster must be determined by 3 p.m. Sunday.

The team negotiated an injury settlement with Phillips before waiving him.
Phillips, an undrafted rookie from Lenoir-Rhyne, had been sidelined for about
three weeks with a neck injury.


Rams rookie leads NFL in rushing

Rams rookie Steven Jackson is the NFL's top rusher in the preseason, with 251
yards in three games. The New York Giants' Ron Dayne is next, with 228 yards.
However, Dayne is averaging 7.4 yards a carry to 4.6 for Jackson, the team's
first-round draft pick.

On Friday night, Jackson ran for 125 yards, which is also a league high, in a
28-3 victory over Washington. He was given 25 carries, an unusually high
workload for a preseason game. Coach Mike Martz said it was done with a
purpose.

"You've got a guy trying to get used to having to carry the load when (he's)
exhausted. And you could see he made one or two mental errors when he got
really tired," Martz explained. "But it was a terrific learning experience for
him. That's when you have to really reach down and find something that you
didn't know was there."