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    Team Report 6-19-07

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    Posted: June 19, 2007

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    Rookie Adam Carriker is doing everything possible to embrace his role as a starting nose tackle. He has his weight up to 313 pounds, after reporting to the NFL Scouting Combine at 296. Carriker hopes to play at around 310 this season. He has embraced his position switch -- he was an end in college -- with enthusiasm. Carriker still needs to work on technique, including better use of his hands, but the coaching staff remains very optimistic that he will be an upgrade on the interior. ...

    Slowed by a leg injury in the rookie minicamp, fifth-round draft pick Clifton Ryan has moved ahead of seventh-rounder Keith Jackson in the battle to be the No. 2 nose tackle behind Carriker. Although Carriker has more upside and is a better athlete, Ryan right now is the best pure nose tackle among the trio of rookies, plus he has been a high-effort player in the spring.


    SCOUTING REPORT: FS Oshiomogho "O.J." Atogwe was one of the team's most improved performers over the second half of the 2006 season. The Rams hope Atogwe picks up where he left off in '07. With three interceptions and six forced fumbles, Atogwe flashed the kind of playmaking skills the club desperately needed under defensive coordinator Jim Haslett a year ago. Atogwe needs to take the next step in '07 with more consistent play, including taking proper angles to ballcarriers and receivers and eliminating mistakes in coverage. Otherwise, he has the combination of range and aggressiveness to be an above-average safety in the NFL.

    INSIDE DISH: It looks as though Ray Agnew, a starting defensive tackle on the Rams' 1999 Super Bowl championship squad, will handle some of the advanced scouting duties performed last season by the now-retired Charley Armey. Agnew has worked in the team's player programs department for the past several years and also served as team pastor, but has gotten increasingly involved in scouting and personnel. ...

    Veteran NFL personnel man Tom Donohoe attended the Rams' full-squad minicamp and offered some thoughts on the squad to the team's hierarchy but is not a candidate for a front office job in St. Louis. ...

    Contrary to some reports, the Rams had no interest in bringing QB Daunte Culpepper to St. Louis. Culpepper had his greatest success in Minnesota with Scott Linehan, while Linehan was the Vikings' offensive coordinator. But Linehan has become a big Marc Bulger fan in just one season as Rams head coach.

    MINICAMP MAYHEM: Newcomers Drew Bennett and Randy McMichael are getting in sync with QB Marc Bulger and the offense. Among other things, the result should be improved production in the red zone. Bennett, a 6-5 WR, and McMichael, a veteran TE, both looked impressive catching the football during red zone drills. Bennett in particular used his size to catch passes that were out of reach for defenders. If Bennett and McMichael can do that in the regular season, not just in the red zone, but in the middle of the field, it will be tougher for defenders to double-team Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce on the outside. There is cautious optimism at Rams Park that the addition of Bennett and McMichael could help give St. Louis its best offense since the days of the Greatest Show on Turf.

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    Re: Team Report 6-19-07

    There is cautious optimism at Rams Park that the addition of Bennett and McMichael could help give St. Louis its best offense since the days of the Greatest Show on Turf.
    Not from where I'm looking at things!

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    Re: Team Report 6-19-07

    [quote=Richbert88;176501]Rams Team Report
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    INSIDE DISH: It looks as though Ray Agnew, a starting defensive tackle on the Rams' 1999 Super Bowl championship squad, will handle some of the advanced scouting duties performed last season by the now-retired Charley Armey. Agnew has worked in the team's player programs department for the past several years and also served as team pastor, but has gotten increasingly involved in scouting and personnel. ...




    Great to see a true pro on the football field being involved in an important role behind the scenes!

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    Re: Team Report 6-19-07

    "Rookie Jimmey Kennedy is doing everything possible to embrace his "role" as a starting nose tackle."

    NOOOOOOOT! syce
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    Re: Team Report 6-19-07

    "Slowed by a leg injury in the rookie minicamp, fifth-round draft pick Clifton Ryan has moved ahead of seventh-rounder Keith Jackson in the battle to be the No. 2 nose tackle behind Carriker. Although Carriker has more upside and is a better athlete, Ryan right now is the best pure nose tackle among the trio of rookies, plus he has been a high-effort player in the spring."

    Though he is a rookie, it's nice to see this. However, I was under the impression that Ryan was a DE/DT player. It'll be interesting to see who the Rams bring in, but I am excited to see young turks marking territory.
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    Re: Team Report 6-19-07

    Quote Originally Posted by Richbert88 View Post
    "Slowed by a leg injury in the rookie minicamp, fifth-round draft pick Clifton Ryan has moved ahead of seventh-rounder Keith Jackson in the battle to be the No. 2 nose tackle behind Carriker. Although Carriker has more upside and is a better athlete, Ryan right now is the best pure nose tackle among the trio of rookies, plus he has been a high-effort player in the spring."

    Though he is a rookie, it's nice to see this. However, I was under the impression that Ryan was a DE/DT player. It'll be interesting to see who the Rams bring in, but I am excited to see young turks marking territory.
    Ryan is an NT all the way. He may have played DE and DT in college, but if you look at his scouting profile, what you get is a perfect description of a 4/3 style, smaller but mobile NT. It's almost the exact same list of attributes and skills you find in the profile of Barry Cofield, the college DE/DT who started last year as a rookie NT for the Giants.

    The minute Ryan was drafted, I looked through his profiles; the minute I did that, I knew the guy was a pure NFL NT. He has all the things you want: thick frame, decent quickness, decent at staying low and getting leverage, quick hands, knew how to clog the rush lanes, good leg drive, able to anchor, decent run-stuffing skills.

    That's a classic NT. Quick hands, quick feet, thick frame, strong legs, able to anchor, decent strength, decent short-area quickness.

    He doesn't have the quickness or explosion for either under-tackle or DE. Nor the speed for DE. The guy is a born NT. How good a one, or how durable, etc......all remains to be seen. Good thing he is competitve, tenacious, and high energy, as they are finding out in organized drills. When the pads are on we'll see what they have in Ryan---but he will either make it as a typical NT, or be cut, cause, he isn't built to play anywhere else on the line in the pros.
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