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    Seventh-round pick fitting in with Rams

    By Bill Coats
    Friday, Sep. 05 2008
    As the NFL draft approached this past April, University of Tulsa linebacker
    Chris Chamberlain huddled with his head coach, Todd Graham, to determine where
    he might fare the best. They decided it would be in St. Louis.

    "We started evaluating the roster and looking at the situation as far as the
    scheme and everything," Chamberlain said. "We realized it was a great fit."

    And, voila! That's where Chamberlain wound up as a seventh-round pick, the
    228th overall selection. The Rams used their second choice in the seventh round
    to grab another linebacker, Idaho's David Vobora, in the 252nd — and last —
    spot in the draft.

    The Rams were seeking depth at linebacker, plus special-teams help. Apparently,
    they believe they got it: Chamberlain and Vobora both made the 53-man roster.
    Of the team's 11 seventh-round picks over the past five years, only three
    others were able to accomplish that out of training camp.

    "I knew I had a good chance numbers-wise and personnel-wise," said Chamberlain,
    the Rams' leading tackler in the preseason games. "I was able to stay healthy
    and make some plays."

    Vobora survived despite an ankle injury that sidelined him for about a week. He
    spent a fitful Saturday, when the final cuts were made.

    "My family kept asking, 'How do they do it? How do they tell you?'" he said.
    "Well, they don't really tell you. You just keep your fingers crossed and
    (hope) your phone doesn't ring."

    While acknowledging that he "passed a major hurdle," Chamberlain said he
    realizes that only the very best enjoy job security in the NFL.

    "I'm currently on the 53-man roster, but as everybody in this business knows,
    it's a week-to-week thing, a day-to-day thing," he said. "You can never relax.
    You've always got to go out there like your job's on the line ... because it


    Tight end Anthony Becht had no idea when his hamstring tightened during
    practice July 28 — the fourth day of training camp in Mequon, Wis. — that more
    than a month would pass before he would be 100 percent again.

    "I haven't had an injury in my (nine-year) career like that," Becht said.
    "That's probably the most days I've ever missed, period."

    Becht, a free-agent pickup in the offseason, said he "felt a little guilty" for
    missing the rest of camp and the first three preseason games.

    "I wanted to be out there," he said. "When it's training camp, everybody's kind
    of fighting two-a-days, and you're doing treatment and things like that. I'm
    just glad I'm back now."


    Brett Romberg practiced without restrictions Thursday for the first time since
    breaking his right hand early in camp.

    "I started snapping Monday, and it felt pretty decent," Romberg said. "So,
    hopefully by next week this thing is going to feel like I never broke it."

    While Romberg was healing, Nick Leckey wrested away the starting job at center.


    With tackle Orlando Pace back after tweaking his shoulder Aug. 16 vs. San
    Diego, the starting offensive linemen have been working together for more than
    a week in preparation for Sunday's opener in Philadelphia.

    "It's nice to be settled in," guard Richie Incognito said. "We'll see what
    happens in the season, but for right now, there's some good continuity between
    the front five. And no injuries."

    The line was wracked by injuries last year, a significant factor in the Rams'
    tumble to 3-13 and last place in the NFC West.


    Only one player was listed on Thursday's injury report: rookie wide receiver
    Donnie Avery (knee), who again was out. Everyone else suited up and took part
    in all drills. ... The team practiced inside with crowd noise piped in to
    simulate road conditions.

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    Re: Seventh-round pick fitting in with Rams

    Only 1 guy on the injury report for Thursday. That's huge news no matter how you slice it.

    Hopefully we paid our injury dues last season and luck and health will be on our side for the 2008 season.

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