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    St. Louis Rams' Victor Adeyanju Enjoys Free Hand

    St. Louis Rams' Victor Adeyanju enjoys free hand

    BY BILL COATS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    09/01/2009

    Greet Rams defensive end Victor Adeyanju, and he'll be more than happy to shake hands. A simple gesture, true. But a year ago, Adeyanju couldn't have done it.

    That's because his right hand was encased in a bulky wrap as protection for the middle finger he broke on the third day of training camp. "It feels like you're carrying a baby," Adeyanju said.

    The injury required surgery, but Adeyanju played in all 16 regular-season games and recorded a career-high 73 tackles, including two sacks. He graduated to a smaller cast as the finger healed, but he was encumbered throughout the season.

    "I did what I could do last year, but it kind of set me back," said Adeyanju, a fourth-round draft pick in 2006. Because he compensated for the injury, he's had to "re-learn some things" during camp this year while also familiarizing himself with a new approach on defense under coordinator Ken Flajole.

    "A lot of things have changed," Adeyanju said. "The scheme's a little more complex. A number of things could change depending on who our opponent is."

    Rookie coach Steve Spagnuolo demands versatility from his linemen, which is a plus for Adeyanju. Stout against the run, the 6-foot-4, 284-pound Adeyanju was moved inside last year in certain situations. He has been getting more of the same this summer, with promising results, Spagnuolo reported.

    "Victor is one of those smart guys that can play a couple of different positions," Spagnuolo said. "He's doing a good job."

    It's an ongoing process, Adeyanju stressed. "I'm learning how to leverage a guy, work my hands, playing different techniques. I'm still trying to get a feel for things, working a lot of different moves. It's getting really interesting."

    NO SELLOUT

    Even though the coveted Governor's Cup will be at stake, Thursday's home preseason game vs. Kansas City won't sell out, according to Kevin Demoff, the Rams' executive vice president of football operations.

    Because of NFL rules, it can't be shown live locally, although KTVI (Channel 2) will air the game on tape-delay, beginning at about 10:30 that night.

    FIVE GET CUT TODAY

    The Rams must trim five players from their 80-man roster by 3 p.m. today (St. Louis time). Just four days later, the final 53-man squad has to be determined.

    Today's cuts won't be particularly difficult to make, but Spagnuolo insisted that he still had a number of decisions to reach before Saturday's deadline. "I'm keeping an open mind with that last group of guys, because we're not done yet," he said. "We've got some practice and we've got a game."

    RAM-BLINGS

    Guard Richie Incognito (knee) missed a second day of practice Monday. Fullback Mike Karney (ankle) and defensive end Leonard Little (knee) were limited. ... As he did Sunday, Adam Goldberg manned Incognito's spot at right guard, with rookie Jason Smith at right tackle with the first unit. ... Jacob Bell, coming back from a concussion suffered Aug. 14 vs. the Jets at the Meadowlands, took all the first-team snaps at left guard.


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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Victor Adeyanju Enjoys Free Hand

    Victor is one of my favorite Rams. I'll take a guy with his heart and attitude on my team any day of the week.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Victor Adeyanju Enjoys Free Hand

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    I'll take a guy with his heart and attitude on my team any day of the week.
    That's why i loved Pisa. had a lot of heart. But I hope he does well in Chicago. Victor has also been one of my Favorites, just like C.J Ahh-you

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Victor Adeyanju Enjoys Free Hand

    I like Victor. He's got the heart. I hope with the defensive rotation going, he has a pretty solid year.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Victor Adeyanju Enjoys Free Hand

    Agree with all the above comments. Excited to see what he can contribute with better health and creative usage.

    I wonder what's going on with Clifton Ryan. Haven't heard him mentioned much at all.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams' Victor Adeyanju Enjoys Free Hand

    If Victor stays healthy, watch out, he's going to be a terror on the line.

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