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    Will Davis sign with the Rams ... or not?

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    08/24/2006



    It was strictly unintentional, but the Rams couldn't have drawn more attention to Stephen Davis' free-agent visit had they tried.

    About 20 reporters were gathered in the hallway outside the Rams Park locker room Wednesday afternoon for the daily interview session with players. Here came Davis, the three-time Pro Bowler and two-time NFC rushing champion, in for his workout with the team.

    Cameras and tripods set up in the indoor practice facility for the regular interviews, were quickly ushered outside the room so Davis could run in privacy for Rams coaches and front-office personnel.

    Normally media-shy to begin with, Davis left Rams Parks later in the afternoon without speaking to the media. And without signing a contract.


    League sources said Davis received a contract offer.

    Rams president of football operations Jay Zygmunt would only confirm that discussions will be ongoing with Davis, 32, who visited Philadelphia on Monday.

    From 1999 through 2003, Davis was one of the most highly regarded running backs in the NFL for Washington, and then, Carolina. He topped 1,300 yards

    rushing four times in that stretch, recording a franchise-record 1,444 yards in 2003 for the Panthers' NFC-championship squad.

    But Davis also averaged 300 carries a year over that stretch. And that kind of workload takes a toll. He played in only two games in 2004 because of a right knee injury that required microfracture surgery.

    He started 11 games in 2005, rushing for 549 yards and 12 touchdowns. But the knee problems cropped up again, and Davis eventually was replaced in the Carolina starting lineup by DeShaun Foster. Davis was placed on the injured reserve list Dec. 17. On March 1, he was released by the Panthers two days before he was to receive a $1.05 million roster bonus.



    The knee apparently checked out OK in St. Louis. Davis is believed to have passed his physical here, but he left town before the results of all tests were completed.

    As if to free up a roster spot for the addition of Davis, the Rams released cornerback Dwight Anderson on Wednesday afternoon. Anderson played in three games with the Rams last season, recording five special teams tackles.

    The interest in Davis is believed to be more of an attempt to shore up the No. 2 spot rather than a reflection of concern about Steven Jackson's durability. Jackson received an injection in his foot earlier this week to calm down what coach Scott Linehan described as a tendinitis problem in the heel. But Jackson practiced Wednesday.

    The current top backups are Tony Fisher and Moe Williams. Fisher has eight carries for 35 yards and a TD in the exhibition. Williams has 12 carries for 30 yards and a TD.


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    Re: Will Davis sign with the Rams ... or not?

    Is it just me who thinks we need a change-of-pace back with breakaway speed, instead of 3 or 4 backs who bring the same thing to the table?

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    Re: Will Davis sign with the Rams ... or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    The interest in Davis is believed to be more of an attempt to shore up the No. 2 spot rather than a reflection of concern about Steven Jackson's durability. Jackson received an injection in his foot earlier this week to calm down what coach Scott Linehan described as a tendinitis problem in the heel. But Jackson practiced Wednesday.

    The current top backups are Tony Fisher and Moe Williams. Fisher has eight carries for 35 yards and a TD in the exhibition. Williams has 12 carries for 30 yards and a TD.
    Maybe we can put this durability rumor to bed for a while...
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    Re: Will Davis sign with the Rams ... or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Maybe we can put this durability rumor to bed for a while...
    Now Nick, you know better than that. Jackson's durability is just another one of those "facts" that will be ever-present......kind of like "Bulger's too skinny", "Martz' ego lost us games", "We should have 3 or 4 rings with this talent"...etc.
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    Re: Will Davis sign with the Rams ... or not?

    I'm just glad Stevie is doing ok, and that he did practice Wednesday, that's always great to hear.


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    Re: Will Davis sign with the Rams ... or not?

    I don't see the point in this possible signing. Cut down for all teams starts Sept. 2nd. There should be plenty of, " Stephen Davis's", to be had that don't have injury issues and are in shape just coming off someone training camp. At this point in time this would make no sense.

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    Re: Will Davis sign with the Rams ... or not?

    There should be plenty of, " Stephen Davis's", to be had that don't have injury issues and are in shape just coming off someone training camp. -- MaineRam
    Hmm, I'm not sure, Maine. To me, Davis is a truly proven RB, highly productive throughout his career with the Redskins and Panthers as one of their starters. I'm leaning towards a "okay, let's do it -- sign him up!" ...'Thinking he'd be a terrific veteran for our depth, perhaps more than our current Moe.


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    Year Team .....................G GS Att Yards Avg Lg TD 20+
    1996 Washington Redskins 12 0 23 139 6.0 39 2 1 7
    1997 Washington Redskins 14 6 141 567 4.0 18 3 0 31
    1998 Washington Redskins 16 12 34 109 3.2 12 0 0 6
    1999 Washington Redskins 14 14 290 1405 4.8 76 17 7 84
    2000 Washington Redskins 15 15 332 1318 4.0 50 11 5 71
    2001 Washington Redskins 16 16 356 1432 4.0 32 5 8 74
    2002 Washington Redskins 12 12 207 820 4.0 33 7 3 47
    2003 Carolina Panthers.... 14 14 318 1444 4.5 40 8 11 69
    2004 Carolina Panthers.... 2 2 24 92 3.8 12 0 0 5
    2005 Carolina Panthers.... 13 11 180 549 3.1 39 12 2 31
    TOTAL ........................ 128 102 1905 7875 4.1 76 65 37 425
    Last edited by RealRam; -08-24-2006 at 07:41 PM.

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