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    Young players provide depth at DT

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Aug. 21 2007

    If all goes as planned, the Rams will rotate four defensive tackles. "We're
    much better inside than we were a year ago," defensive coordinator Jim Haslett
    said.

    Better, perhaps; younger, for sure. Of that group, only La'Roi Glover has been
    in the NFL longer than one full season. The others are rookies Adam Carriker
    and Clifton Ryan, plus Claude Wroten, heading into his second year.

    Wroten's development after a so-so rookie season is key to the project, which
    would provide more flexibility up front and give opponents a number of
    different looks.

    After seeing spot duty last year, Wroten has been busy. He's had the most live
    preseason snaps among the tackles and has responded with two good games
    according to coach Scott Linehan.

    The 6-foot-2, 295-pound Wroten bulked up and slimmed down in the offseason, and
    is profiting from the guidance he's received from Glover, a 12-year veteran.

    "He's a blessing," Wroten said. "It's a great situation to learn from a guy
    like 'Glove' who ... knows the ins and outs of playing in the trenches. Looking
    at what he does day in and day out has been really good for me."

    Wroten, a third-round draft pick in 2006, was a strong pass-rusher at Louisiana
    State, collecting 12 sacks and 34 quarterback pressures in two seasons. His
    five tackles Saturday vs. San Diego included a sack.

    The chink in Wroten's game is his run-stopping ability, which he reported is
    progressing. The coaches will be happy if Wroten simply performs well enough to
    limit the reps of Glover, 33, who they believe will be more effective in a
    decreased role.

    INJURY UPDATE

    Brett Romberg, battling Andy McCollum for the starting center's job, sat out
    practice Monday with a sore ankle. Romberg should be back on the field today,
    Linehan said.

    Also sidelined Monday were Jerome Carter (sprained foot), Richie Incognito
    (ankle) and Todd Steussie (neck).

    Dane Looker (back) and Dominique Thompson (ribs) returned to practice in
    "no-contact" jerseys. Tim McGarigle (hamstring) also was back and did "most
    everything," Linehan reported, in the 90-minute workout.

    LEONARD SHINES

    Rookie Brian Leonard already has shown that he can do what the Rams hoped when
    they drafted him in the second round: effectively back up Steven Jackson at
    running back.

    "I don't have any question that (Leonard) can handle it," Linehan said. "I've
    been really impressed with how comfortable he's been in that role. He's kind of
    a slashing runner who gets the most out of what he's got. But what he's been
    really good at is in the passing game and the protection side of things, which
    is the part that rookies usually struggle in."

    RAM-BLINGS

    Because of the short week before Friday's game at Oakland, the team practiced
    in full pads Monday. ... About 2,000 tickets remain for the Aug. 30 exhibition
    against Kansas City at the Edward Jones Dome. All must be sold to avoid a
    local-television blackout.


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    Re: Young players provide depth at DT

    Glad to hear Tim McGarigle is better. I hope he continues to get stronger, makes the team, and does his thing: tackle!

    I believe that was his major during studies at Northwestern.

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    Re: Young players provide depth at DT

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Aug. 21 2007

    If all goes as planned, the Rams will rotate four defensive tackles. "We're
    much better inside than we were a year ago," defensive coordinator Jim Haslett
    said.

    Better, perhaps; younger, for sure. Of that group, only La'Roi Glover has been
    in the NFL longer than one full season. The others are rookies Adam Carriker
    and Clifton Ryan, plus Claude Wroten, heading into his second year.
    I certainly hope that Haslett isn't blowing smoke like he did last year before the season started. He was very high on Kennedy last year and look what happened.
    In my opinion it's time for Haslett to stop pussy footin' around and get this defense were it needs to be.

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