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    Sando: One Way To Measure The Rams' Progress

    One way to measure the Rams' progress

    May, 29, 2013
    By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

    Former St. Louis Rams receiver Steve Smith announced his retirement through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday.

    The story by itself shouldn't mean much to Rams fans.

    Smith, after all, started only two games in 2012 while trying to overcome serious knee injuries. He was never a player the Rams were counting on for significant contributions.

    Smith's retirement is notable in another context, however. His name tops what should be a relatively short list of players to disappear from the game in 2013 after making at least one start for the Rams last season.

    Last season, 16 players made zero regular-season appearances in an NFL game after starting at least once for the Rams in 2011. One such player, linebacker Chris Chamberlain, probably would have played with New Orleans had he not suffered a knee injury. Many of the others languished for lack of interest.

    A quick look at the list of 15 players beyond Chamberlain: Adam Goldberg, James Hall, Fred Robbins, Tony Wragge, Jason Brown, Cadillac Williams, Rod Hood, Al Harris, C.J. Ah You, Mark Levoir, Ben Leber, Nick Miller, A.J. Feeley, Mike Sims-Walker and Mark Clayton.

    Hall, Robbins, Goldberg, Wragge and Brown started at least half the games in 2011. Some others found opportunities because the Rams suffered from an unusual number of injuries that season.

    Still, as the Rams improve and build around younger players, including quite a few drafted in the first two rounds, they should have less room on their roster for stopgap veterans. At receiver, for example, none of the Rams' players is even 26 years old. Players such as Smith, Sims-Walker and Clayton wouldn't fit.


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    Re: Sando: One Way To Measure The Rams' Progress

    Quote Originally Posted by R8rh8rmike View Post
    One way to measure the Rams' progress

    May, 29, 2013
    By Mike Sando | ESPN.com


    ...Still, as the Rams improve and build around younger players, including quite a few drafted in the first two rounds, they should have less room on their roster for stopgap veterans. At receiver, for example, none of the Rams' players is even 26 years old. Players such as Smith, Sims-Walker and Clayton wouldn't fit.
    Interesting, sometimes seasoned veterans are leaders and an inspiration to rookie newcomers, sometimes they're just in the way.

    They don't fit. Of course, it depends of which veterans we're talking about...
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    Re: Sando: One Way To Measure The Rams' Progress

    Wow, Jason Brown really fell off a cliff, didn't he? Sort of bizarre...

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    Re: Sando: One Way To Measure The Rams' Progress

    Quote Originally Posted by RealRam View Post
    Interesting, sometimes seasoned veterans are leaders and an inspiration to rookie newcomers, sometimes they're just in the way.

    They don't fit. Of course, it depends of which veterans we're talking about...

    I agree. There is absolutely nothing wrong with adding a key veteran or two while still committing yourself to the youth movement. The key is adding the RIGHT veterans- not stopgap guys nearing the end or taking a flyer on a guy who was hurt two years ago. In that regard, the Rams failed miserably.

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    Re: Sando: One Way To Measure The Rams' Progress

    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
    I agree. There is absolutely nothing wrong with adding a key veteran or two while still committing yourself to the youth movement. The key is adding the RIGHT veterans- not stopgap guys nearing the end or taking a flyer on a guy who was hurt two years ago. In that regard, the Rams failed miserably.
    You mean guys like Kendall Langford, Cortland Finnegan, and William Hayes? Hopefully this year's crop (Cookie and Long) will produce as well or even better. Jake's banged up - but the Rams appear to have done their due diligence regarding his injuries. Still - that's got to be a concern.
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    Re: Sando: One Way To Measure The Rams' Progress

    Quote Originally Posted by MauiRam View Post
    You mean guys like Kendall Langford, Cortland Finnegan, and William Hayes? Hopefully this year's crop (Cookie and Long) will produce as well or even better. Jake's banged up - but the Rams appear to have done their due diligence regarding his injuries. Still - that's got to be a concern.
    I probably wasn't real clear here- certainly the Rams did a great job with Finnegan, Hayes and Langford- I was referring to some of the washouts we brought in in previous recent seasons. As I said earlier, I think one can embrace the youth movement while still bringing in a good veteran or two.

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    Re: Sando: One Way To Measure The Rams' Progress

    No more Drew Bennetts?

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