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    Team Report

    Team Report: Inside Slant

    Inside Slant | Notes and Quotes | Strategy and Personnel
    Very little will be familiar when the Rams' defense takes the field this summer. Most notable is a new system and attitude implemented by new coordinator Jim Haslett.

    Players never bought into the system run for two years by former coordinator Larry Marmie, but the talent level was also deficient. The team spent the offseason upgrading the players.

    There will likely be at least five new starters on defense, led by defensive tackle La'Roi Glover, middle linebacker Will Witherspoon and strong safety Corey Chavous. Brandon Chillar, a returning player, will compete with free-agent addition Raonall Smith at strong-side linebacker.

    Rookies from last season, O.J. Atogwe and Jerome Carter, will vie for the job at free safety. Jimmy Kennedy moves to nose tackle to replace the departed Ryan Pickett.

    At cornerback, injured starters Travis Fisher and Jerametrius Butler are back, but they will receive stiff challenges from first-round pick Tye Hill and free-agent addition Fakhir Brown. If Fisher and Butler are healthy, the depth at corner should be better than it has been in a while. Ronald Bartell, a second-round pick last year at cornerback, will also see some time at safety.

    Depth should also be better on the defensive line. Behind Glover is third-round pick Claude Wroten, while veteran Jason Fisk will see time in the rotation with Kennedy at nose tackle.

    The Rams were victimized last season by the decision to go with rookie punter Reggie Hodges. His abysmal performance against Seattle in an early-season home game led to a crucial defeat. Bryan Barker solidified things after Hodges was cut, but the Rams elected not to re-sign Barker, instead signing Matt Turk, who missed the 2005 season with Miami because of a groin injury



    Team Report: Notes and Quotes

    Inside Slant | Notes and Quotes | Strategy and Personnel
    --The Rams' depth chart at quarterback got larger when the team acquired Dave Ragone from the Cincinnati Bengals. The Rams will give a seventh-round pick in the 2007 draft to the Texans only if Ragone makes the roster.

    The timing of the move is odd considering that Ragone, a former third-round pick of the Houston Texans, was waived by Houston in May and the Rams did not put in a waiver claim at the time. Ragone was claimed by Cincinnati and Indianapolis, and was awarded to the Bengals.

    He has a connection with coach Scott Linehan when Linehan was a coach at the University of Louisville.

    The addition of Ragone creates a crowded position with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jeff Smoker already competing for the team's No. 3 job behind Marc Bulger and Gus Frerotte. Rarely, if ever, do teams take five quarterbacks to training camp.

    Ragone played in two games in his three seasons with the Texans. He started two games during his rookie season, and completed 20 of 40 passes for 135 yards, with one interception. He did run for 51 yards on six attempts.

    The Texans sent him to NFL Europe in 2004 where he played for Berlin and was offensive MVP. He completed 158 of 251 passes for 1,746 yards with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. At one point, he threw 174 consecutive passes without an interception.

    --Following the team's final practice at their recent minicamp, there was a barbecue for players, coaches and their families. The only negative was that the get-together had to be moves inside because of inclement weather.

    "It doesn't seem like you ever take time to kind of say hello to your new teammates," coach Scott Linehan said. "Shoot, I've got coaches' families that I haven't gotten a chance to meet yet.

    "I said from the onset, I want people to feel great about being here, and have a great sense of pride in where they work. And I want the families to feel welcome."

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think this is going to be a great system. Guys are making strides every day. We are still installing and getting things in. Things are improving; guys are getting better and understanding of everything they need to do." - LB Will Witherspoon on the team's defense


    Team Report: Strategy and Personnel

    Inside Slant | Notes and Quotes | Strategy and Personnel
    FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

    TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

    UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: P Bryan Barker; RB Aveion Cason; CB Terry Fair; OG Tom Nutten; TE Roland Williams.

    RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

    EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: CB Dwight Anderson; DT Jeremy Calahan; S Dwaine Carpenter; TE Jerome Collins; LB Mike Goolsby.

    PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: WR Isaac Bruce; WR Kevin Curtis; DE Brandon Green; CB DeJuan Groce; LS Chris Massey; WR Shaun McDonald; OG Blaine Saipaia; QB Jeff Smoker; LB Drew Wahlroos.

    PLAYERS ACQUIRED: CB Fakhir Brown; S Corey Chavous; RB Tony Fisher; DT Jason Fisk; QB Gus Frerotte; DT La'Roi Glover; WR Brad Pyatt; QB Dave Ragone; FB Paul Smith; LB Raonall Smith; OT Todd Steussie; P Matt Turk; LB Will Witherspoon.

    PLAYERS LOST: S Adam Archuleta; LB Chris Claiborne; S Mike Furrey; RB Arlen Harris; CB Corey Ivy; DE Tyoka Jackson; CB Chris Johnson; DT Damione Lewis; LB Jeremy Loyd; TE Brandon Manumaleuna; QB Jamie Martin; OT Matt Morgan; NT Ryan Pickett; OL Rex Tucker


    Some good information. About time we here about some D!

    I gotta give credit to RamsFan16 for sending me the info!


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    i hope they all do there part

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    Re: Team Report

    PLAYERS LOST: S Adam Archuleta; LB Chris Claiborne; S Mike Furrey; RB Arlen Harris; CB Corey Ivy; DE Tyoka Jackson; CB Chris Johnson; DT Damione Lewis; LB Jeremy Loyd; TE Brandon Manumaleuna; QB Jamie Martin; OT Matt Morgan; NT Ryan Pickett; OL Rex Tucker
    What team did Chris Claiborne go to?

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    Re: Team Report

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan4ever
    What team did Chris Claiborne go to?
    on a lot of sites, he's still on our team lol, he's no where at the moment


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    Re: Team Report

    I am surprised that Jerome Carter is projected to play Free Safety instead of Strong. I had been led to believe that Carter (at approx. 220#'s) and not all that fast, was more of a SS prospect as he doesn't have the speed or athleticism to play the Free spot. Does anybody have any info that I am not aware of?

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    Re: Team Report

    I would be very surprised to see Carter at FS. It's not a lack of speed and athleticism that will keep Carter out of centerfield, but his lack of coverage skills. He's a poor man's Arch, and that is not something I want to see at FS.........unless it' the opposition's FS.
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    Re: Team Report

    If Carter is a poor man's Arch, I'm not liking the prospects at FS

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    Re: Team Report

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison
    I would be very surprised to see Carter at FS. It's not a lack of speed and athleticism that will keep Carter out of centerfield, but his lack of coverage skills. He's a poor man's Arch, and that is not something I want to see at FS.........unless it' the opposition's FS.
    I hear ya Hubison, but how do you know that Carter lacks coverage skills? Are you basing your opinion soley from what you saw last year or do you have another source? Thanx for your input.

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    Re: Team Report

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMarkable
    I hear ya Hubison, but how do you know that Carter lacks coverage skills? Are you basing your opinion soley from what you saw last year or do you have another source? Thanx for your input.

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    My opinion draws from two sources.

    1. The draftniks seemingly unanimous assessment a year ago
    2. What I saw for myself a season ago
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    Re: Team Report

    Carter is an interesting player. I like his ability with the big hit, but he does seem to get lost in coverage. I think with a little more time he could be a good SS, but I would be very worried to see him back at FS.
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