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    Tate tops Rams' list of new free agents

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, May. 01 2007

    The Rams have supplemented their eight draft picks by signing or agreeing to
    terms with at least 16 rookie free agents. Although the team has not released
    the names, the Post-Dispatch learned of 12 through various sources Monday:

    — Wide receiver Lamart Barrett (6 feet, 191 pounds), North Carolina State

    — Tight end Steve Buches (6-4, 251), Pittsburgh

    — Free safety Jeffrey Dukes, (6-2, 199), Alabama

    — Safety Andre Kirkland (6-1, 205), Kent State

    — Fullback Brad Lau (6-0, 237), Boise State

    — Kicker Kevin Lovell (5-10, 165), Cincinnati

    — Linebacker Kevin "Boo" McLee (6-1, 244), West Virginia

    — Wide receiver Nate Morton (6-2, 210), Wake Forest

    — Quarterback Drew Tate (5-11, 200), Iowa

    — Guard David Thompson (6-3, 310), Massachusetts

    — Cornerback Darius Vinnett (5-8, 170), Arkansas

    — Defensive end Ryan Willis (6-3, 270), Louisiana State

    Of that group, Tate probably is the most recognizable, and perhaps the most
    intriguing. When he left Lee High in Baytown, Texas, he held state records for
    completions (970), attempts (1,576), passing yards (12,180) and touchdown
    passes (113).

    Tate was a big hit early in his career at Iowa. The Hawkeyes won a share of the
    Big Ten Conference championship in 2004, his sophomore year. Tate capped that
    10-2 season with a 56-yard, last-second touchdown pass, giving Iowa a 30-25
    victory over defending national champion Louisiana State in the Capital One
    Bowl.

    The Hawkeyes slipped to 7-5 in 2005, then finished 6-7 last year with Tate
    injured much of the season. "I've never missed a football practice in my life
    until this year," Tate told reporters. "It was horrible. For all the years I
    missed getting hurt, it all just came down to this year."

    Still, Tate wound up his career as one of the most productive quarterbacks in
    Iowa history: second in passing yards (8,018), completions (650), attempts
    (1,065), touchdown passes (59) and total offense (8,143), and third in
    completion percentage (61.0).

    The Rams are set at quarterback, with Marc Bulger as the starter and veteran
    Gus Frerotte as his backup. Although Tate might wind up as nothing more than a
    "camp arm" this summer, a strong showing would help him challenge Ryan
    Fitzpatrick for the No. 3 spot on the roster.


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    Re: Tate tops Rams' list of new free agents

    It sure would've been nice to see WR Rhema McKnight on this list. I thought he would've been the steal of the draft in the 7th round.

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