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    During the ceremony my daughter and I held tonight at exactly 5pm central, as the players were checking in for camp, i did my best public address anouncer imitation for her and recited the entire 53 man roster from memory as she cheered for each guy. I believe that barring injury, the offense is basically set unless sump beats out furrey for a receiver spot in order to serve as the return guy.

    bubble spots- backup linebackers (special teams key). we will carry six, two spots available for tony newsom, spoon, lloyd, justin smith, trev faulk, mwilliams.
    Defensive end- Will moran make the team? I predict no.
    Defensive Tackle _ Will brian howard make the team. I predict practice squad.
    Punter- Will Landetta get beat out? Could go either way.

    Here is what it looks like

    bulger, chandler, smoker
    faulk, jackson, gordon
    goodspeed, harris
    bruce, holt, looker, curtis, macdonald, furrey (sump)
    mamliamula, cleeland, jensen
    pace, turley, williams
    wolabaugh, turner
    timmerman, mccollum, king, tercero

    Wilkens, Landetta/Nicasso, Massey

    Little, fisher, tyoka jackson, hargrove, flowers (moran)
    pickett, lewis, kennedy, holsey (brian howard)
    thomas, pisa, polley, chillar, two of the following (spoon, lloyd, newson, burley, justin smith, trev faulk, mcwilliams)
    fisher, butler, garrett, groce
    aeneas williams, archuleta, coady, shivers, lucas


    Biggest variable, outside of the backup linebacker spots is injuries. Hopefully, we will make it through camp and the preseason with nothing more than a few bumps and bruises here and there.

    ramming speed to all, as always, i would love your analysis of the roster,

    sign the big man

    general counsel

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    My predictions for the final 53 man roster based on who's going into camp with the Rams...

    QB: Bulger, Chandler, Smoker
    RB: Faulk, Gordon, Jackson (Jackson takes #2 spot by the end of camp and pre-season)
    FB: Goodspeed, Harris
    WR: Holt, Bruce, Looker, Curtis, McDonald, Furrey
    TE: Manu, Cleeland, Jensen
    OL: Pace, Turley, McCollum, Timmerman, Wohlabaugh, G. Williams, King, Tercero, Turner

    DL: Little, Fisher, Jackson, Hargrove, Moran (I think Flowers gets the axe), Pickett, Lewis, Kennedy, Holsey
    LB: Tinoisamoa, Thomas, Polley, Chillar, Newson, Spoon
    CB: Fisher, Butler, Garrett, Groce
    S: Williams, Archuleta, Shivers, Coady, Lucas

    ST: Wilkens, Landetta, Massey

    Even though I'd like to see someone really challenge for Landetta's spot, I think the vet wins out and the challenger is put on the practice squad.

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      Nick, it wouldnt surprise me too much if flowers got beat out by moran, but flowers does have youth on his side. Should be a pretty close call either way, same with the backup linebackers.

      There cant be many other teams in the nfl whose rosters are this close to being set going into camp.

      general counsel

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        Originally posted by NickSeiler
        Even though I'd like to see someone really challenge for Landetta's spot, I think the vet wins out and the challenger is put on the practice squad.

        A dead man could compete with Landeta. Give the corpse a reason to roll over in his grave and sheer physics will take care of the rest - just the "opposite and equal reaction" will give greater distance and well ... the corpse has to have the edge in coffin corner placements ...

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          Originally posted by adarian_too
          A dead man could compete with Landeta. Give the corpse a reason to roll over in his grave and sheer physics will take care of the rest - just the "opposite and equal reaction" will give greater distance and well ... the corpse has to have the edge in coffin corner placements ...
          Proof positive that the "Funniest Poster" Clannie went to the right guy!
          Clannie Nominee for ClanRam's Thickest Poster

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Yodude
            Proof positive that the "Funniest Poster" Clannie went to the right guy!

            Yo, dude ... the weed in The Hollow won't jumble thoughts as much. As much as I appreciate the "props", the "Clannie" for funniest went to Bob-L-Head inspite of our alliance and he never did need my minority party votes to control the Parliament.

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              Updated projected 53 man roster
              by Guest
              Updated 53 man roster to reflect the recent moves (praying of course for no injuries in camp that effect this)

              Offense (26)

              bulger, chandler, smoker
              faulk, jackson, gordon
              goodspeed, harris
              mamliamula, cleeland, jensen
              bruce, holt, curtis, looker, mcdonald, furrey
              pace, turley, williams
              timmerman, mccollum, king, tercero
              wohlambaugh, eby or turner (the other makes the practice squad)

              Defense (24)

              pickett, lewis, kennedy, holsey/brian howard
              little, fisher, jackson, hargrove, flowers/moran
              thomas, pisa, polley, chillar, two of the following (newsom, spoon, lloyd, trev faulk, justin smith, mcwilliams)
              fisher, butler, groce, garrett
              a williams, archuleta, coady, shivers, lucas

              specialists (3)

              wilkens, massey, nicassio/landetta



              Other guys with a shot, but more likely candidates for the practice squad (unless someone gets hurt)

              nick burley, sheddrick copeland, nijrell eason, brian sump (kick returner)

              Other practice squad candidates- the 4th qb, coleman (wr), anyone else??????

              If Moran gets beat out, he probably gets waived. If brian howard gets beat out, he probably winds up on the practice squad, along with two linebackers and at least one guy from the secondary.

              Any updated thoughts from anyone?

              ramming speed to all

              general counsel
              -06-21-2004, 09:50 PM
            • ZigZagRam
              53-Man Roster
              by ZigZagRam
              Here's my take on the 53-man roster. I can't remember if we IR'd Kennedy or not but here it goes.

              QB: Bulger, Chandler, Smoker
              RB: Faulk, Jackson, Gordon, Harris
              FB: Goodspeed, Massey
              WR: Holt, Bruce, McDonald, Looker, Curtis, Furrey
              TE: Manumaleuna, Cleeland, Brake
              OT: Pace, Williams, Tercero
              OG: Timmerman, Tercero, Dishman, King
              C: McCullom, Turner
              DE: Little, Fisher, Jackson, Hargrove, Flowers
              DT: Pickett, Lewis, Howard
              LB: Tinoisamoa, Thomas, Chillar, Polley, Newson, Faulk
              SS: Archuleta, Coady
              FS: Williams, Lucas, Shivers
              CB: Butler, Garrett, Groce, Anderson, Fisher
              K: Wilkins
              P: Landeta

              Notable Cuts: Greg Randall, Erik Jensen, Sean Moran, Brandon Spoon, Tom Knight

              Your thoughts?
              -08-31-2004, 10:40 AM
            • RamDez
              Inside Slant
              by RamDez
              Things are different for Dane Looker as training camp approaches.

              Once hailed as "Little Ricky" because of his style of play is similar to former Rams receiver Ricky Proehl, Looker accepts the compliments, but wants to be his own man.

              That was tough for a while, as he struggled to make an NFL roster. He was an undrafted free agent in the Rams' 2000 training camp, and was opening some eyes when he was surprisingly traded to the Patriots on Aug. 7 that year.

              He made New England's roster, but ended the season on injured reserve and was then released on July 31 because of a hamstring injury. Looker was right back with the Rams for three weeks, but he wasn't healthy enough to make an impact. Out of football for the rest of the year, he re-signed with the Rams in February and excelled in NFL Europe, but the numbers game caught up to him again.

              Released on Sept. 2, he spent most of the season on the practice squad until being added to the active roster for the final three games of the season.

              Last year turned out to be his coming-out party. Making the roster also resulted in him being the holder for kicker Jeff Wilkins. Wilkins wanted him all along after the departure of, you guessed it, Proehl, but there was no guarantee Looker would make the roster.

              He helped Wilkins tie a league record with 39 field goals and offensively was third on the team with 47 receptions for 495 yards and three touchdowns. More important, 27 of his catches, including 18 on third down, were first-down plays.

              Despite his success, Looker takes nothing for granted.

              "We've got some good receivers on this team, so I'm going to have to improve on what I did last year and play better," he said. "Nothing's a guarantee."

              Coach Mike Martz loves his work ethic and competitiveness.

              "Dane was terrific last year, and looking at him out here, he just picked up where he left off," Martz said during the offseason.

              NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES

              —The Rams report to training camp in Macomb, Ill., on July 27 with the first practice scheduled for the next day. They will be in camp until Aug. 20, three days before a Monday night game in Kansas City.

              The Chicago Bears, coached by former Rams defensive coordinator Lovie Smith, will visit Rams camp for three days from Aug. 5-7. There will be one practice the first day, two the second and then a scrimmage on Aug. 7.

              Said coach Mike Martz, "Having a scrimmage there at the stadium on Saturday morning makes it exciting for everybody. It gives us a chance to look at a lot of our young players under competitive situations, and the same for the Bears. The most important aspect of it is after seven or eight days (of camp), you get a chance to look at your players in a different environment against other...
              -07-19-2004, 01:08 PM
            • RamWraith
              Rams-Bears: Things To Watch
              by RamWraith
              08/11/2004
              QUARTERBACK: Marc Bulger experienced some arm soreness - aka "camp arm" - last week. But after resting his arm for a day, Bulger says it now feels great. He has been very sharp thus far in camp, but figures to play only a couple of series tonight. Look for rookie Jeff Smoker to get a lot of work.


              RUNNING BACK: With Marshall Faulk sitting this one out, and Lamar Gordon recovering from ankle surgery, Arlen Harris, first-round draft pick Steven Jackson and undrafted rookie Dusty McGrorty will handle the rushing chores.


              WIDE RECEIVER/TIGHT END: Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce figure to have cameo appearances only. Kevin Curtis and Shaun McDonald, both 2003 draft picks, must continue their good work so far in camp to make a dent on the depth chart.


              OFFENSIVE LINE: Dave Wohlabaugh's hip injury has forced Andy McCollum back to center, so the left guard spot could be Andy King's to lose. Good showings by Grant Williams, Scott Tercero and Greg Randall would help ease concern about the tackle position.


              DEFENSIVE LINE: DT Damione Lewis is off to a good start. Can he transfer that into game conditions? DT Ryan Pickett is healthy but heavy and still is getting into shape. Rookie Anthony Hargrove has been slowed lately by ankle and knee injuries but has been impressive to date.


              LINEBACKER: There is spirited competition for three or four backup spots behind starters Tommy Polley, Robert Thomas and Pisa Tinoisamoa. At the moment, Trev Faulk, Jeremy Loyd, Tony Newsom, Justin Smith and rookie Brandon Chillar are closely bunched.


              SECONDARY: DeJuan Groce probably will start tonight in place of Travis Fisher (ankle) at right corner. Groce and Kevin Garrett are off to good starts in camp. Rich Coady, Justin Lucas and rookie Jason Shivers are jockeying for depth-chart position at safety.


              SPECIAL TEAMS: It appears that Harris and Jackson will get the first cracks at returning kickoffs, with McDonald, Groce and Brian Sump all possibilities on punt returns.
              -08-12-2004, 05:41 AM
            • AvengerRam_old
              My Offseason Scorecard
              by AvengerRam_old
              Given that the Rams probably won't make any major personnel changes from now until the season starts, its a good time to evaluate the offseason. Here's how I see it:

              QB:

              2003: Bulger/Warner/Covington
              2004: Bulger/Chandler/Smoker

              The starter has not changed. Chandler, though not as good as Warner, may be better suited in the backup role as his presence does not create controversy. Smoker is a better prospect than Covington. IMPROVED

              RB/FB:

              2003: Faulk/Gordon/Harris; Goodspeed
              2004: Faulk/Jackson/Gordon; Goodspeed/Harris

              The addition of Jackson is an upgrade at RB. Harris at FB is intriguing. IMPROVED

              WR/TE:

              2003: Holt/Bruce/Looker/Furrey/McDonald/Curtis; Manumaleuna/Cleeland
              2004: Holt/Bruce/Curtis/Looker/McDonald/Furrey; Manumaleuna/Cleeland

              Same cast, but Curtis and McDonald are healthy. IMPROVED

              OL:

              2003: Pace/Turley/Wohlabaugh/McCollum/Timmerman
              2004: Pace/Turley/Wohlabaugh/McCollum(?)/Timmerman

              Other than the possibilty that McCollum might be supplanted by a younger player, nothing has changed. SAME

              DL:

              2003: Wistrom/Pickett/Lewis/Young/T.Jackson/Little/Fisher/Kennedy
              2004: Fisher/Pickett/Lewis/T.Jackson/Little/Kennedy/Hargrove/Moran

              The loss of Wistrom and Young put this unit in decline, but there is at least hope with the potential of players like Kennedy and Hargrove. DECLINE

              LB:

              2003: Tinoisamoa/Thomas/Polley/Duncan
              2004: Tinoisamoa/Thomas/Polley/????

              It is uncertain who will emerge as the fourth LB (Chillar, Spoon, Faulk, Newson, Lloyd are all possiblities). But, whoever it is, the depth should be better than last year. IMPROVED (slightly)

              DB:

              2003: Fisher/Butler/Williams/Archuleta/Groce/Garrett/Walton/Sehorn
              2004: Fisher/Butler/Williams/Archuleta/Groce/Garrett/Shivers/Walton

              Again, not much change. I expect that Shivers will be an improvement over Mr. Angie Harmon, but we'll have to see. SAME

              ST:

              2003: Wilkins/Landeta/Harris(KR)/Furrey(PR)
              2004: Wilkins/Landeta/????/????

              Unclear who will be the KR and PR. I hope that Groce can emerge as the PR (i.e. not muff punts), as I think he has a lot of potential there. UNCERTAIN

              Coaching:

              2003: Martz/Fairchild/Smith
              2004: Martz/Fairchild/Marmie

              The addition of Marmie should not change too much with the defense, other than the weight of the DTs. Fairchild seems to be getting more responsibilities. Too close to call. SAME

              Total scorecard:

              IMPROVED: 4
              DECLINE: 1
              SAME: 3
              UNCERTAIN: 1

              All in all, despite the minimalist approach, a pretty good offseason for...
              -06-10-2004, 08:26 AM
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