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    Versatile Gado Gets Rare Praise From Spagnuolo

    08.10.2009 4:31 pm
    Versatile Gado gets rare praise from Spagnuolo
    By Bill Coats
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    There still is much to learn about St. Louis Rams rookie head coach Steve Spagnuolo. Here are a few things we’ve gleaned so far, regarding his interviews:

    1. They’re short.

    2. He’s already pretty adept at tap-dancing around tough questions.

    3. He’s cautious about heaping praise on his players.

    Considering No. 3, it was a bit of a surprise, then, when asked to evaluate running back/fullback Samkon Gado, who is fighting for a roster spot, Spagnuolo replied:

    “He’s a smart football player. Guys that have the ability to play two positions are really, really valuable in this league. So we’ll keep cranking him. And I watch Sam, too, in every special-teams period taking a lot of reps. He’s a warrior out there. I have a lot of respect for Sam.”

    The 5-10, 227-pound Gado, a fourth-year pro, has had an impressive camp. He’s probably third on the depth chart at running back, has been getting in a lot of work at fullback with Mike Karney hobbled, and also is among those returning kicks.

    The highlight of Gado’s career came on Nov. 13, 2005, when he earned a trifecta of honors: NFL player of the week, NFL rookie of the week, and NFC offensive player of the week. They came after Gado, then with the Packers, rushed for 103 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 33-25 victory over the Falcons.

    He finished with 582 yards on the ground that year, but he hasn’t produced more than 210 in a season since then. He joined the Rams last November as a free agent and played in one game. He subsequently was released, then re-signed in January.

    Notes & quotes:

    *The players were in shells for Monday afternoon’s practice, which ran just 55 minutes.

    *Officials from Conference USA worked both practices.

    *DE Leonard Little, who sat out the morning practice with a minor neck strain, was back on the field in the afternoon.

    *FB Mike Karney got into team drills for the first time since spraining his ankle about 10 days ago.

    *S Craig Dahl (hamstring) did some running on the side.

    *LB Chris Draft missed a few plays after taking a blow to the neck.

    *Rookie S Mark Rubin, re-signed Monday nearly six weeks after the Rams released him, had an interception on a deflected pass in the late workout.

    *Mike Sando of ESPN.com is in town for a look-see at Rams camp.

    *DT Shaun Smith, who visited Rams Park on Sunday, has agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with the Lions, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Browns released Smith on Saturday.

    All for now . . .


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    Re: Versatile Gado Gets Rare Praise From Spagnuolo

    Im glad the Rams didn't sign Shaun Smith

    we dont need a guy who is going to punch our QB

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    Re: Versatile Gado Gets Rare Praise From Spagnuolo

    Quote Originally Posted by tomahawk247 View Post
    Im glad the Rams didn't sign Shaun Smith

    we dont need a guy who is going to punch our QB

    I don't remember if the Lions are on our schedule or not. If so, he may yet get his chance to punch our QB.

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    Re: Versatile Gado Gets Rare Praise From Spagnuolo

    taking a look down the side of our clanram page reveals that they are!

    but hopefully Jason Brown keeps him away from Bulger

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    Re: Versatile Gado Gets Rare Praise From Spagnuolo

    perhaps the title of this thread should be edited

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    Re: Versatile Gado Gets Rare Praise From Spagnuolo

    Quote Originally Posted by shower beers View Post
    perhaps the title of this thread should be edited
    That would take all the fun out of it.

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    Re: Versatile Gado Gets Rare Praise From Spagnuolo

    Gado has surpassed Pittman on the depth chart?

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    Re: Versatile Gado Gets Rare Praise From Spagnuolo

    Damn...we have a lot of running backs. It will be interesting to see who actually makes the cut.
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    Devaney, if you care about this team... fire the offensive coordinator!!!!

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    Re: Versatile Gado Gets Rare Praise From Spagnuolo

    I can't make an accurate prediction of who's going to make the roster, the only thing I'll predict is that Ogbonnaya is headed to the inactive roster because of our depth. I don't think we'll carry more than 4 HBs.

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    Re: Versatile Gado Gets Rare Praise From Spagnuolo

    I'll make a prediction: he's going to be cut.

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