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  • RamsSB99
    Real reason Rams drafted Hoomanawanui was to double fan base :>)
    by RamsSB99
    New Rams tight end grew up in Bloomington



    It only sounds as if the Rams searched hither and yon to find one of their fifth-round picks, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui. In reality, he was right in their own backyard.

    That last name is pronounced ho-oh-muh-now-uh-NEW-ee, "Oh-oh" for short. Though his father, Isy, is of Hawaiian descent, the family of his mother, Anne, hails from Jerseyville, Ill. He grew up in Bloomington, Ill., 45 minutes from his alma mater, Illinois.

    "Family and friends say they're Rams fans now, no matter what they were before," Hoomanawanui said. "It will be great that my family can see me whenever they want to."
    Hoomanawanui, 6-4 and 264 pounds, started his senior season on the watch list for the Mackey Award, given to the best tight end, but missed four games last year because of an ankle injury. He finished with just 10 receptions for 114 yards.

    "It was a bump in the road," he said "It pulled me down a lot, but I was glad I was able to come back and (play) the last two games, go to the Senior Bowl and show everyone that I'm healed from that and that I can keep moving on."

    Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said tight ends coach Frank Leonard called Hoomanawanui "well-rounded. It seems that tight ends get tagged nowadays as either pass receiving tight ends or the blocking tight end. ... We didn't tag him one way or the other, and he's got size."

    The first area player taken Saturday was Clay Harbor of Missouri State, 125th overall, by Philadelphia late in the fourth round. How the Eagles will use him remains a mystery.

    A tight end with the Bears, Harbor is Missouri State's career leader in pass receptions, with 150. He impressed scouts with three receptions for 22 yards as a last-minute replacement in the East-West Shrine Game and with his workouts before the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game. He appeared at the combine as a tight end, yet was listed as a fullback when the Eagles drafted him.

    "I can play fullback, slot, halfback, and I plan on doing that. Whatever the coaches want me to do, I'll do it," he told reporters in Philadelphia.

    Eagles coach Andy Reid likewise praised Harbor's versatility.

    "I'm not saying he's an offensive lineman, but he can control a defensive end or linebacker and is willing to stick his nose in there," Reid said in his post draft press conference. "When you see him run his routes, you see he's a skilled athlete."

    Most draft experts expected Harbor to go off the board in the third or fourth round, which stretched his anxiety over two days.

    "I was getting a little worried as they got deeper in the third and fourth round, but it
    -04-25-2010, 07:05 AM
  • GreatestShowOnTurf99
    "Lay the Foundation"
    by GreatestShowOnTurf99
    'Lay the foundation'

    By Jim Thomas


    Nearly two months into his new job, coach Steve Spagnuolo finally addressed the entire squad Monday as the Rams began their offseason conditioning program.

    "It feels like the job I signed up to take," Spagnuolo said, smiling. "You finally have a team in there. It was great, and everybody was there. I try not to make the meetings real long, so I just hit them with some things we needed to go forward — bang, bang, bang. I think they appreciated that."

    The only player missing Monday was running back Steven Jackson.

    "I talked to Steven Jackson last night; he was all set to come," Spagnuolo said. "He's dealing with some family things in Las Vegas, and I told him to stay and take care of that. Otherwise,
    he was going to get on a plane and then turn around and go back."

    During Monday's remarks to the squad, Spagnuolo stressed not only the importance of laying a foundation of physical training, but also a foundation of teamwork and camaraderie.

    "To me, the foundation's big," Spagnuolo said. "The bottom layer of that foundation is all about working together. Being loyal. Trusting each other. Mutual respect. You don't build those kinds of things unless you're around each other.

    "So to me, the more we can be around each other, the better chance we get of that bottom layer (being strong). The foundation falls apart if that bottom layer's not strong. So we kind of hit them with that this morning. I think they got the message."

    Such bonding doesn't have to be limited to the practice field or the weight room.

    "It's going out to have lunch, getting together for dinner," Spagnuolo said. "It's all part of it. When you're going to get in the foxhole with people, you want to know who your buddies are, who you can trust, and who you can work with."

    Spagnuolo was encouraged by the response and the body language of the players at the first team meeting of his NFL head-coaching career.

    "Just the look in their eyes said that they're ready to go," Spagnuolo said. "They've probably been drooling to have this happen anyway."

    Well, "drooling" might be a strong word. The offseason program, which consists of weight lifting and conditioning drills, isn't glamorous work. And as the sessions pile up over the next three months, they can become tedious.

    "We'll have a little softball and badminton out there," Spagnuolo joked.

    No, that would've been last spring, when then-coach Scott Linehan tried to lighten things up by having the Rams play kickball and softball. That doesn't figure to happen under new
    -03-16-2009, 10:07 PM
  • Country
    Will there be any FAs left?
    by Country
    Everyone is resigning, it is time for the Rams to start tampering away and getting some guys into the horns.
    -02-21-2007, 12:17 PM
  • MauiRam
    Rams are not alone with O-Line problems ..
    by MauiRam
    By Randy Karraker
    September 14, 2012

    I thought it was interesting to watch the Packers and the Bears on Thursday Night Football, to see the difficulties both teams are having with their offensive lines.

    The Packers have major issues at left tackle with Marshall Newhouse now starting. He’s had a great deal of difficulty in the first two games. His backup, Derek Sherrod, is out with a leg injury. So a rookie by the name of Don Barklay is the number one backup at both tackle positions in Green Bay. Clearly, the Packers have problems to deal with after giving up five sacks to the Bears on the heels of giving up three to San Francisco.

    The Bears are starting a line of J’Marcus Webb, who protected Keith Null and practiced against Eugene Sims at West Texas A&M, at left tackle…Seahawks castoff Chris Spencer at left guard…then Roberto Garza at center, Lance Louis at right guard, and Gabe Carimi at right tackle. None of those players are Pro Bowl types, and they showed vs. the Packers that, as a unit, they need lots of work. Jay Cutler was sacked seven times, and the Bears had just 96 yards on the ground.

    That’s just a snapshot of offensive line problems throughout the league. On Sunday night, Ben Roethlisberger was sacked five times, and the Steelers ran for just 75 yards against Denver. Starting left tackle Max Starks has spent periods between being a Steeler and being out of football the last couple of years. Left guard Willie Colon used to be a right tackle. The Steelers tried to replace right guard Ramon Foster with first round draft choice David DeCastro, who landed on injured reserve. The usually contending Steelers have major questions on the offensive line.

    The Super Bowl Champion Giants are starting another former Seahawk, Sean Locklear, who struggled at right tackle, at left tackle. Waiver wire pickup Kevin Boothe is their left guard. Eli Manning was sacked three times and hit numerous others in the Giants opener. Their opening opponent, Dallas is playing Tyron Smith, who has NEVER played left tackle, at left tackle. They have serious problems at guard, with two new players there, and Doug Free is having difficulty adjusting to the left side. Tony Romo was sacked twice and was on the run for much of the Cowboys’ opener.

    Philadelphia lost left tackle Jason Peters to an Achilles injury during the off-season, and signed Demetress Bell away from Buffalo. Bell was beat out by King Dunlap, who was a mediocre right tackle. Evan Mathis, who couldn’t cut it with Indianapolis, is Philly’s starting left guard. The result? Michael Vick was harassed into four interceptions against Cleveland.

    The Ravens just benched their left tackle, Bryant McKinnie, to put disappointing former first rounder Michael Oher at that position, and start rookie Kelechi Osemele on the right side. The Jets are starting an undrafted...
    -09-15-2012, 12:12 PM
  • Rambos
    Long's arrival means shifting on Rams' line
    by Rambos
    By Jim Thomas

    PHOENIX, Ariz. • Make no mistake, signing Jake Long goes a long way toward shoring up the Rams’ offensive line.

    “It’s a huge step for us,” coach Jeff Fisher said.

    And now that Long is a Ram, the projected starting offensive line should read something like this:

    Long at left tackle; Rokevious Watkins (or a player to be determined) at left guard; Scott Wells at center; Harvey Dahl at right guard; and Rodger Saffold at right tackle.

    Keep in mind that it could be Shelley Smith at left guard or Robert Turner if he re-signs as an unrestricted free agent. But if Alabama’s Chance Warmack is available at No. 16 overall or even No. 22 — do the Rams take him and plug him in at left guard?

    Or what if Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson unexpectedly drops to No. 16? Maybe the Rams take him, plug him in at right tackle and then tap Saffold on the shoulder and tell him he’s playing left guard.

    Those are all possibilities. But Saffold, remember, was unhappy about a potential switch to right tackle, according to his agent, Alan Herman.

    “It’s not an issue,” coach Jeff Fisher said Monday.

    Herman could not be reached to comment Monday.

    Officially, general manager Les Snead said the Rams haven’t decided who’s playing left or right tackle for the team next season. But it’s hard to imagine paying someone (Long) what could be $9 million a year and have him play anything but left tackle.

    “We’ll sit down and discuss where’s the best fit for everyone,” Snead said. “Rodger’s started here as a right tackle. I think nowadays on the offensive line, no position punishes you financially. And you could even make a move and be better at a (different) position than you are now.

    “So we’ll sit down and discuss that internally with the player and even his agent. But Rodger’s a team player and he’s young. If he comes in and consistently plays like he did at the end of last year, Rodger will be fine and we’ll be better.”
    -03-19-2013, 08:27 AM