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    Williams talks good game; Rams hope he plays one, too

    Williams talks good game; Rams hope he plays one, too
    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Monday, May. 16 2005

    Until Roland Williams returned to town a couple of months ago, Steven Jackson
    probably knew little, if anything, about him. Yet if Jackson prospers in his
    first year as the Rams' No. 1 running back, Williams just might become his new
    best friend.

    Williams is a 6-foot-5, 265-pound tight end who hasn't caught a pass since the
    2002 season. Still, if Williams can block the way coach Mike Martz remembers,
    he could fill a key role.

    "Roland was a terrific point-of-attack tight end for us," Martz said after
    Williams signed as a free agent March 9. Williams' presence "makes us bigger
    and stronger in the running game," Martz added.

    Williams, 30, began his NFL career in St. Louis, a fourth-round pick in the
    1998 draft. He moved up to the first unit about halfway through his rookie year
    after Ernie Conwell suffered a season-ending knee injury. Williams wound up
    with 51 receptions for 472 yards and 10 touchdowns in three seasons with the
    Rams.

    He was traded after the 2000 season and gathered 60 catches for 511 yards and
    three TDs in two years with the Oakland Raiders. He was cut in 2002 and spent
    part of the next season with Tampa Bay, where serious knee and toe injuries
    limited him to one game. He returned to the Raiders last year, playing 12 games
    and then becoming a salary-cap casualty after the season.

    Tampa Bay was interested in bringing him back, and Washington offered a
    three-year contract. But Williams accepted the Rams' one-year, $690,000 offer
    to replace Cam Cleeland as the No. 2 tight end behind Brandon Manumaleuna.

    "It's great to come back and have a rebirth in the place where I was born as a
    football player," Williams said. "I think it's always been a good fit,
    honestly. ... It's an offense that I love and had some success in."

    And he just can't wait to start blocking for the 6-1, 231-pound Jackson, who
    averaged just over 5 yards (673 total) on 134 carries last year as a rookie
    after the Rams made him their first-round draft pick.

    "The boy is big, and runs strong and hard," Williams gushed. "That's why they
    call him the 'Train.'"

    Williams is like a runaway locomotive himself when he gets rolling with the
    media. A graduate of Syracuse University's highly regarded S.I. Newhouse School
    of Public Communications, the orally flamboyant Williams consistently spews
    delectable quotes. A few examples from a recent interview:

    On the FieldTurf that will replace the 10-year-old Astroturf at the Edward
    Jones Dome: "Thank you, whoever got that done. Thank you, Mike. Thank you,
    everyone upstairs. It's a lot better than the cement we were on before."

    On challenging defensive end Tyoka Jackson as the team's most quotable player:
    "I love Tyoka. But I think that more is better. It's not either/or, it's more.
    You guys take what you can get and run with it."

    On the Rams' attack: "We want to bring the juice back to the dome. I think I
    can help ... bring back some of the old excitement. Hopefully when you see this
    year's package, you guys will love it and say, 'Man, Ro's brought some positive
    things to the team.'"

    On what he brings to the team: "I come in being an eight-year veteran who's won
    Super Bowls and made a few bucks and loves football and wants to win. And so
    whatever Mike wants me to do, whether he wants me to be a cheerleader on the
    side and be a consultant, or he wants me to go out and start or play fullback
    or ...

    "I won't play quarterback and I won't play wideout, but outside of that,
    whatever Mike wants me to do, I'll go out and gladly do it. You won't hear any
    complaints out of me."

    On how he differs as a player from his first stint here: "I'm definitely a lot
    smarter; I've been around the block a few times. When we go out there and play,
    everything that happens, it's not my first rodeo, it's not my first game, it's
    not my first playoff game, it's not my first Super Bowl. Everything that we do,
    I've done before. And that gives you a little bit more confidence, and you're
    able to keep your mind more consistent and poised throughout the season."

    After a pause, he added, "And I think I'm just nicer, too."

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    Re: Williams talks good game; Rams hope he plays one, too

    Quote Originally Posted by NickSeiler
    "The boy is big, and runs strong and hard," Williams gushed. "That's why they
    call him the 'Train.'"
    The Rams call Steven Jackson, "Train?" That's freakin' hilarious.
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    Re: Williams talks good game; Rams hope he plays one, too

    put 39 on this
    Last edited by psycho9985; -05-17-2005 at 09:57 AM.

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    Re: Williams talks good game; Rams hope he plays one, too

    Man can williams TALK!!!!, it's great to have him back!!!


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