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    Rams Rookie Progress Report

    As it is WAY too early for actual grades, I'm going to give each rookie one of the three ratings:

    AS: Ahead of Schedule - the player has progressed faster than expected and is likely to contribute early this season.
    OS: On Schedule - the player is where he should be at this point.
    BS: Behind Schedule - the player has not progressed as hoped/expected.

    Robert Quinn - OS
    Nobody expected Quinn to come in and start right away, given his year off and the presence of Chris Long and James Hall. What was expected was that he would show signs of being a pass rushing threat from the edge. He has done so.

    Lance Kendricks - AS
    Kendricks came in and fit the offense right away. He leads the Rams in preseason receptions and TDs. He should be in the starting lineup on opening day.

    Austin Pettis - BS
    At this point, Pettis is fighting for a roster spot. I suspect the Rams will keep him in the hope that he will develop, but it won't be an easy decision. At worst, he'll be assigned to the practice squad.

    Greg Salas - BS
    Salas has outperformed Pettis, but he has not distinguished himself among a somewhat pedestrian set of WRs. That said, he'll probably make the roster and have a chance to develop further. If he has a good final preseason game, I'd raise his score to "OS."

    Jermale Hines - OS
    Hines will certainly make the team. Spags seems to like his ability to swing from the SS spot to he WLB spot. He could also be a special teams contributer.

    Mikail Baker - BS
    Its somewhat harsh to give this score to a 7th round choice, but Baker has not been able to show the Rams anything that would make me think he'll make the team. Practice squad is his best hope.

    Jonathan Nelson - OS
    Nelson will not be cut. He will either be retained on the roster or assigned to the practice squad. That's what is to be expected from a 7th rounder.

    Jabara Williams - OS
    I was close to going "AS" with Williams, who could make the final roster (which would guarantee an "AS" score). Certainly, his play, along with that of Josh Hull, has made releasing a player like N'ail Diggs.


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    Re: Rams Rookie Progress Report

    Nice post you're too creative for a Attorney I think you missed your calling.

    Few changes:

    Robert Quinn - AS... He is getting pressure looks great so far!


    Lance Kendricks - OS Looks good had one big game, IMO don't think the Rams are too surprised with him but most fans are.. I for one questioned the pick, but like it now.

    Greg Salas - AS Not to sure Salas could look any better considering he missed a week of his four week career.


    Jabara Williams - AS Sure he got beat on the wheel rout for a TD, but the guy is always around the ball and has made some plays in the backfield.

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    Re: Rams Rookie Progress Report

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    Nice post you're too creative for a Attorney I think you missed your calling.

    Few changes:

    Robert Quinn - AS... He is getting pressure looks great so far!


    Lance Kendricks - OS Looks good had one big game, IMO don't think the Rams are too surprised with him but most fans are.. I for one questioned the pick, but like it now.

    Greg Salas - AS Not to sure Salas could look any better considering he missed a week of his four week career.


    Jabara Williams - AS Sure he got beat on the wheel rout for a TD, but the guy is always around the ball and has made some plays in the backfield.
    I don't think i agree with your changes except for the Williams one. Quinn does look great but he is supposed to look great as a first round pick! Ahead of schedule would be if he were a starter, which he isn't yet

    I think most people thought Kendricks would get playing time but i think a lot assumed Illinois Mike would be the number 1 TE. I also don't think anyone expected Kendricks to be as good as he has been, so he certainly is ahead of schedule.

    Salas has done quite well as a fourth round rookie, but he isn't ahead of schedule at all. I think most people have expected more from both Pettis and Salas up to this point, especially considering how sure-handed they were supopsed to be
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    Re: Rams Rookie Progress Report

    yeah, Rambos...you tried to change a very good post by AV....your changes were heartfelt and not thought out...

    You contradict yourself by saying Quinn is ahead and Kendricks is behind.....

    Just read AV's and enjoy it....there was no reason to change things...

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    Re: Rams Rookie Progress Report

    Quote Originally Posted by richtree View Post
    yeah, Rambos...you tried to change a very good post by AV....your changes were heartfelt and not thought out...

    You contradict yourself by saying Quinn is ahead and Kendricks is behind.....

    Just read AV's and enjoy it....there was no reason to change things...

    LMAO I do enjoy AV's post... since when can't I have a take on players?

    AV was this post closed to comments? If so I missed that... LOL
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    Re: Rams Rookie Progress Report

    I don't mind if someone has a different take on things.

    The one I'd give Rambos the biggest argument on would be Salas. While I agree that a 4th round pick is not typically expected to be an impact player from day 1, I had hoped that Pettis or Salas would emerge among a group of mid-grade WRs.

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    Re: Rams Rookie Progress Report

    I like Salas' ability to get power YAC. He's done it several times already so I don't think it can be put down to accident/luck. I think he got several first downs that Amendola wouldn't have because of it. Dunno where that puts him on his "schedule" but it's encouraging to see a 4th round rookie who already shows signs of being able to do something I doubt the quick, smart, and surehanded Mighty Mouse will ever be able to do.

    All Kendricks had to do- not that he hasn't done everything remarkably well except maybe in-line blocking- is stay healthy to stand head n' shoulders above Uh-Oh.

    I think the most surprising thing about Quinn is how multifaceted his game is at this early stage; speed + a variety of moves/technique, power enough to split double-teams, and a pretty intense motor. I'll admit that I was a little worried about this pick, thinking that DeSpags might have got a little giddy over a good price on somewhat dubious goods. Kinda like buying something that is factory-refurbished; you never know whether it just had a flaw that was fixed or is a real lemon that only looks a deal because of the brand name/rep.

    It would be spiffy if Pettis could offer a possible fill to the jump ball-type receiver void now that DX seems to be fading.

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    Re: Rams Rookie Progress Report

    Mikail Baker is cut -- so I think that Gilyard is now 99% likely to make the team for his return abilities as we don't want Danny returning punts AND kicks again..

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    Re: Rams Rookie Progress Report

    Quote Originally Posted by richtree View Post
    Mikail Baker is cut -- so I think that Gilyard is now 99% likely to make the team for his return abilities as we don't want Danny returning punts AND kicks again..
    Amendola said. "He just signed a good deal. That's a great deal."

    The Rams' slot receiver caught 16 of those passes, but three of them went for touchdowns. Amendola also said he still plans to be returning kickoffs and punts this season.

    "It's a fun gig," Amendola said. "I just want to try and help the offence get in the best possible field position."

    In preseason games, receiver Mardy Gilyard has been returning kicks, but Spagnuolo said that's not a knock on Amendola.

    "We haven't used him on special teams as much in preseason, but I'm sure you'll see him the regular season," Spagnuolo said. "He's special that way. He wants to do it. He wants to be out there every play so when you have a guy like that, you use him as much as you can."
    Not sure this will save Marty... with the new rule not going to see as many KR.

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    Re: Rams Rookie Progress Report

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Austin Pettis - BS
    At this point, Pettis is fighting for a roster spot. I suspect the Rams will keep him in the hope that he will develop, but it won't be an easy decision. At worst, he'll be assigned to the practice squad.

    Greg Salas - BS
    Salas has outperformed Pettis, but he has not distinguished himself among a somewhat pedestrian set of WRs. That said, he'll probably make the roster and have a chance to develop further. If he has a good final preseason game, I'd raise his score to "OS."

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    You know I'm starting to think these are the two rookies I didn't anticipate the lock-out to have a great effect on. I figured they'd catch on quick being a WR and given their talents as opposed to Quinn or Kendricks seeming like their positions would be harder to catch on to.

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    Re: Rams Rookie Progress Report

    Robert Quinn - OS but like a wild, caged, angry beast (for a rookie).

    Lance Kendricks - AS
    Kendricks came in and fit the offense right away. He leads the Rams in preseason receptions and TDs. He should be in the starting lineup on opening day. // Agreed.

    Austin Pettis - BS
    Probably assigned to the practice squad. // Probably.

    Greg Salas - OS
    He'll probably make the roster and have a chance to develop further. // Agreed. GS is the quiet one here that has a real, very good chance.

    Jermale Hines - OS
    Could ... be a special teams contributor. // Agreed. Should make team.

    Mikail Baker - BS
    Practice squad is his best hope. // Okaaaay

    Jonathan Nelson - OS
    Nelson will not be cut. He will either be retained on the roster or assigned to the practice squad. // I'd say the latter.

    Jabara Williams - OS
    I was close to going "AS" with Williams, who could make the final roster (which would guarantee an "AS" score). Certainly, his play, along with that of Josh Hull, has made releasing a player like N'ail Diggs. // Agreed.

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    Re: Rams Rookie Progress Report

    We lost two excellent ST players with cutting Massey and not bringing back Darby.

    Gilyard has been spectacular as a gunner on special teams. His ability to return kicks and punts, coupled with a renewed attitude and energy, greatly increase his chances to make the squad ...

    I think Quinn is WAY ahead of schedule given that he sat out a whole year. Other than being a tad slow off the snap, he looks NFL ready, at a position that is difficult to come in and contribute at ....

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    Re: Rams Rookie Progress Report

    I certainly like the idea AV, but I would add one more category. And that would be, WBS-way behind schedule for players like Austin Pettis at this point.

    I have seen absolutely nothing that warranted a 3rd round pick out of him to this point..
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    Re: Rams Rookie Progress Report

    I think the writing was on the wall a bit for Baker with his injury history and after the kickoff rules were changed. He was drafted mainly for his return ability, but he couldn't stay healthy and there isn't much point having a specialist returner under the current rules

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    Re: Rams Rookie Progress Report

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsInfiniti View Post
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    I think Quinn is WAY ahead of schedule given that he sat out a whole year. Other than being a tad slow off the snap, he looks NFL ready, at a position that is difficult to come in and contribute at ....
    Agreed! When you factor in Quinn's absence from football for a year along with his performance so far, he has to be in the AS list. The beauty of it is that thanks to James Hall, Robert will be able to further develop at his own pace, while providing fresh legs on obvious passing downs .. Midseason and beyond, he should really be fun to watch - at least for Ram fans anyway ...
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