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  • another O-Tackle signed

    Elliott Silvers, drafted by SD, in camp with Giants and Texans. Slotted already as their number four OT. He played in NFL Europe the Rams receives a roster exemption.

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    Re: another O-Tackle signed

    With Pace holding out and Turley on the bum, we need OT's for training camp.

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    • #3
      Re: another O-Tackle signed

      We can always use more camp bodies. Who knows, maybe we'll find a diamond in the rough...or at least a cubic zirconium in the rough.
      The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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      • #4
        Re: another O-Tackle signed

        Elliott Silver's scouting report from Lindy's 2001 Pro Football Mag:

        Very big [6-7, 320], but don't be misled, he's not strong enough ... Pretty smart player ... Might wind up at guard ... Understands the game.

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        • #5
          Re: another O-Tackle signed

          Hi Ho Silver, Away!!!!!!!!!!!!

          general counsel

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          • #6
            Re: another O-Tackle signed

            Next team MVP. You heard it here first.

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            • #7
              Re: another O-Tackle signed

              I've got my Elliott Silver jersey on back order.

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