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Ramsey Stays Focused After Moving To Rams
Ramsey stays focused after moving to Rams
BY BILL COATS
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Until his junior year at Dominguez High in Compton, Calif., LaJuan Ramsey dreamed of the Olympics, not the NFL. He was a swimmer, a 50-meter sprinter, but his size — he's 6-feet-3 and 300 pounds — wasn't exactly suited for the pool.
So he played football his junior and senior years, was a member of two national championship teams at Southern California and is preparing for his fourth NFL season. That he's doing so in St. Louis comes as quite a surprise to the 25-year-old defensive lineman.
"This is all new to me, within the last 24 hours," Ramsey said Monday after his first practice with the Rams. "I was really expecting to, or working toward, being on the Tennessee Titans."
But the Titans cut him Saturday, and the Rams grabbed him. They also picked up safety Anthony Smith, who was let go by Green Bay.
Ramsey was a sixth-round draft pick by Philadelphia in 2006, Steve Spagnuolo's last season as the Eagles' linebackers coach. "One of the things that did impress me, as a rookie, he played both tackle and defensive end," Spagnuolo said. "I thought he did a nice job in the games at Tennessee this year. We'll see how he goes."
Ramsey, who collected 24 tackles and an interception in 19 regular-season games with the Eagles and Colts, said he was impressed with Spagnuolo, too.
"He's a good coach," Ramsey said. "I think he probably sees some of the same characteristics in me that he has. He a hard worker and nothing's been given to him. And that's how I feel: Nothing has been given to me in the NFL, and I'm still trying to work hard to receive the playing time, the recognition and just developing as a better player. ... "
"I'm now focusing on being a Ram and beating the Seahawks" on Sunday in Seattle.
A. SMITH ALSO ADJUSTS
While Ramsey was surprised to be released, Smith was shocked. "I thought I performed really well" in the preseason, he said.
The numbers back him up. The 6-foot, 200-pound Smith, 25, had 12 tackles — fifth among the Packers' defenders — two interceptions and a sack. The former third-round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2006 said he believes that the determination to let him go came from the front office.
"I think it was just (general manager) Ted Thompson's decision; all the coaches were pleased with my performance," Smith said. "Just got to roll with the punches, I guess."
BULGER STILL ON HOLD
Quarterback Marc Bulger still hasn't taken a snap under center since breaking the little finger on his right (throwing) hand three weeks ago. "It'll be another 48 hours before we practice again, and the hope is he'll be able to do it on Wednesday," Spagnuolo said. "At some point, we've got to test it and see how it feels to Marc, and then go from there."
Several wounded players returned to practice Monday. Among them was running back Samkon Gado, who suffered cartilage damage to his ribs Thursday night vs. Kansas City. Also back on the field were guard Richie Incognito (knee), fullback Mike Karney (ankle) and defensive end Leonard Little (knee).
Linebacker Larry Grant (knee) sat out and won't play Sunday, Spagnuolo said. Safety Craig Dahl (hamstring) was limited.
Guard John Greco had surgery on the wrist he broke vs. the Chiefs. He's expected to miss two to three weeks.
The Rams completed their eight-man practice squad by re-signing rookie running back Chris Ogbonnaya, their seventh-round draft pick, and bringing in defensive end Bryan Smith, a second-year pro who was waived by the Eagles. ... Rookie tackle Jason Smith worked with the first team Monday, but Spagnuolo said he still hasn't decided who will line up where on the offensive line Sunday.
-09-08-2009 #2Mooselini Guest
Re: Ramsey Stays Focused After Moving To Rams
I'm excited to see this defensive rotation we got going here. It'll be really cool to watch.
I'm a little worried about Bulger though. I hope it turns out okay.
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