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    Rested and ready for regular season, Rams' Wilkins begins kicking

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jeff Wilkins watched most of the preseason on the sidelines, waiting for the right moment to warm up for the real season.

    That time has come and Wilkins put in his most extensive workout Wednesday since the Rams reported for camp in early August. He will work with the first team during St. Louis' preseason game Saturday at Kansas City as he builds toward the regular season opener Sept. 10.

    “I do enough so I feel comfortable and I feel good,” he said. “Then you try and shut it down.”

    Wilkins, handling the bulk of the kicking work during practice, was a highlight Wednesday as the team inches closer to paring 10 players from its roster by Tuesday. They might make a cut sooner than that, however.

    As for Wilkins, finding the happy medium between preparing for the season and not overextending himself beforehand has been crucial in past seasons. He used to kick extensively during training camp, preseason practices and games and his leg was often worn out and somewhat ineffective by the latter part the season.

    Former coach Mike Martz decided a few years ago to limit the work Wilkins did before the season opener and now, in his 13th season overall and 10th with the Rams, the kicker was pleased new head coach Scott Linehan followed suit.

    Linehan said it made sense not to mess with the proven approach even if letting your No. 1 kicker sit for the bulk of training camp does not fit the norm of the league.



    “The proof is what he's done in the past,” Linehan said. “He came in one camp (several) years ago and kicked a whole bunch; kicked in preseason, kicked himself out of very good rhythm.”

    Starting Wednesday, the goal for Wilkins became finding his stroke and getting in sync with holder Dane Looker and long snapper Chris Massey. The trio has worked together the past four years.

    Looker said he and Wilkins talked following Wednesday's practice and agreed plenty of room remained for improvement but the groove should be found before the final preseason game. Remy Hamilton has handled most of the kicking prior to this week and while that allowed Massey and Looker to work together, it did not translate to an easy transition when Wilkins took over the duties.

    “You can hold it for different guys,” Looker said, “but when you don't have the center, the holder and the kicker all working in tandem for at least a couple of preseason games, you really don't get in the flow you're looking for.”


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    Re: Rested and ready for regular season, Rams' Wilkins begins kicking

    hopefully wilkins has another strong year for the rams... he has been one of the constant gamers the rams have had the past decade and hopefully he can stay true to his consistancy... I THINK WILKINS IS THE BEST KICKER THE RAMS HAVE EVER HAD PERIOD....

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    Re: Rested and ready for regular season, Rams' Wilkins begins kicking

    All I can say is $$$$$MONEY $$$$$$.

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    Re: Rested and ready for regular season, Rams' Wilkins begins kicking

    A truly great all time ram, rapidly moving up my list. about 1 yard short of the greatest game ever for a kicker in the history of the nfl, the ot loss to carolina in the playoffs. Tackles, onside kicks, multiple field goals under pressure from more than 45 yards, and just one yard short on the bomb to win it when the snap was just a tiny bit off.

    ramming speed to all

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    Re: Rested and ready for regular season, Rams' Wilkins begins kicking

    Sorry to be off topic, but speaking of the game (vs. the Chiefs), will it be broadcast nationally tomorrow nite? Thanx in advance for response.

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