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    Rams sign returner, waive fifth-round pick

    By Bill Coats
    Tuesday, Sep. 05 2006

    The Rams might have answered what coach Scott Linehan had described as "a big
    question mark" by signing a kick returner Monday. His name is J.R. Reed, and
    because of a freak injury, he hasn't played in a regular-season game in more
    than a year and a half.

    Reed, a fourth-round draft pick from the University of South Florida, was
    Philadelphia's primary return man in 2004. He averaged 23.1 yards on 33
    attempts, second among all NFL rookies. He also collected 20 special-teams
    tackles and saw action as a reserve safety.

    To make room on the 53-man roster, the Rams waived rookie wide receiver Marques
    Hagans, who returned kicks and punts during the preseason. Hagans, a converted
    quarterback, was a fifth-round draft choice from Virginia.

    Linehan declined to comment on the moves.

    In February 2005, Reed cut the back of his left knee when he tried to jump over
    a fence near his home in Tampa, Fla. The peroneal nerve, which controls
    movement in the lower leg and foot, was damaged, and Reed's career appeared to
    be in jeopardy.

    He spent the 2005 season on the Eagles' injured reserve list, while he rehabbed
    the leg and awaited the slow regeneration of the nerve. He was cleared
    medically this past spring. Reed returned seven kicks for a 21.9-yard average
    and three punts for a 1.7-yard average in the Eagles' five preseason games. He
    also had an interception.

    After being released Saturday, Reed, 24, worked out for team officials Monday
    at Rams Park and signed a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    A 5-foot-11, 202-pound Tampa native, Reed led the nation in kickoff returns
    (31.7-yard average) as a senior at South Florida. He also set a school record
    with 18 interceptions

    New Rams

    Only one spot remains on the eight-man practice squad after the Rams signed
    tight end Mark Anelli and defensive tackle Montavious Stanley on Monday.

    Anelli, 6-3 and 265 pounds, was with Tampa Bay this preseason. His NFL
    experience consists of two games with San Francisco in 2002. The Wisconsin
    product also has been with Atlanta, Chicago and the New York Giants.

    Stanley, 6-2 and 310 pounds, is a rookie from Louisville. He was drafted by
    Dallas in the sixth round.

    Rookie starter at tight end

    Several new faces will appear in the starting lineup Sunday when the Rams open
    the regular season against the Denver Broncos. Only one will belong to a
    rookie, though.

    That distinction goes to tight end Joe Klopfenstein, a second-round draft
    choice from Colorado. Klopfenstein earned the job over veteran Aaron Walker and
    fellow rookie Dominique Byrd, a third-round pick.

    "I think Joe's been the most consistent," Linehan said. "Tight ends are
    blockers and receivers, but they're blockers first."


    The Rams will resume practice this morning after two days off. ... Hagans was
    the third of the team's 10 draft picks to be cut. The others were linebacker
    Tim McGarigle and guard Tony Palmer, both seventh-rounders. McGarigle was
    signed to the Rams' practice squad; Palmer was claimed off waivers by Green Bay.

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    Re: Rams sign returner, waive fifth-round pick

    Hagans will be signed to the practice squad. Then he'll make the team next year.


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