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  • Anthony Hargrove hurt

    Veteran tackle joins depleted line
    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    08/02/2004





    MACOMB, Ill. - Help arrived Sunday night in a big package. A 6-foot-6, 333-pound package, to be precise.

    Tackle Greg Randall, a five-year NFL veteran, hustled from his hometown of Houston to Western Illinois University, signed a one-year contract with the Rams, and was on the practice field Monday morning. Randall was hired to shore up an offensive line that has become short on personnel during training camp.

    "I'm very excited. I'm just trying to come out here and work hard," said Randall, who has huffing and puffing a bit after a full-pads workout that was cut to about 90 minutes because of a thunderstorm. No afternoon practice was scheduled.

    Randall, working at right tackle with the second team, took part in full-contact action. "Obviously, we feel pretty good about him to bring him in like this and throw him in there like we did," coach Mike Martz said. "We put him in a live situation for about 10 plays out here, and he was able to perform pretty well."

    With Orlando Pace absent during contract negotiations and fellow tackle Kyle Turley (back) and center Dave Wohlabaugh (hip) out with injuries, 60 percent of the front five is missing. Grant Williams, Andy King and Scott Tercero have been filling in on the first unit, but depth had become a concern.

    Randall, 26, was New England's fourth-round pick (127th overall) in the 2000 draft out of Michigan State. He started 23 games for the Patriots over three seasons; he played against the Rams in the Super Bowl following the '01 season. He was traded to Houston and started all 16 games at right tackle last year for the Texans, then signed with San Francisco in the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

    His time with the ***** was short: He was released in June. "They sent me a letter," Randall said. "Nobody called me."

    More than a month passed before anyone else called, either. "I was a little worried, but you can't get too down about it," he said. "If you don't get picked up, you've got to move on and do something else."

    For now, Randall is undergoing a crash course with the Rams' playbook. "It's tough; there's a lot to learn," he said. "You have to try to figure out what you're supposed to do on a play instead of just relaxing and playing. But it's a great offense."

    Plus, he's trying to get into football shape as rapidly as possible. "Being in pads and then going against people live is completely different from just getting up and running," Randall said. The opportunity to resume his career "means a lot to me," he said. "I'm happy to be here, and I just want to go out here and work hard and try to do my business."


    Rookie is hurt

    The Rams were jolted when defensive end Anthony Hargrove, a promising rookie, went down in obvious pain near the end of practice. What appeared initially to be a major injury turned out to be a minor ankle sprain, though.

    "It was scary at first, because it felt like I broke it or something," said Hargrove, who slipped on the wet grass while pursuing running back Dusty McGrorty. "I guess it was the first shock that really scared me. But I should be all right."
    Rams sign ex-Cardinal

    The Rams made another roster move early Monday evening, signing defensive back Tom Knight and releasing running back Adam Matthews. Knight, 29, was a first-round pick, No. 9 overall, by the Arizona Cardinals in 1997 out of Iowa.

    Knight started 53 games in five seasons for the Big Red. He played for Baltimore last season. He is a cornerback, but at 6-0, 202, may be used at safety for St. Louis.

    Matthews was a rookie free agent from Northern Colorado.

    Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.

    Reporter Bill Coats



    __________________________________________________________
    Keeping the Rams Nation Talking

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    Re: Anthony Hargrove hurt

    I could be wrong, but doesn't it seem like the Rams are signing ex-Cardinals on a regular basis? Are St. Louis Cardinal football fans getting excited to see so many Cardinals on the team? I know, I know, just because a player is on a crappy team doesn't mean they will be crappy but I just don't understand where this Cardinal pipeline was developed.

    Maybe Martz should move back to Arizona and coach with Green. Martz seems to miss the good ol' Arizona days.

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    • RamDez
      Rams' new tackle contributing
      by RamDez
      Rams' new tackle contributing
      By R.B. Fallstrom, The Associated Press
      MACOMB, Ill. -- Newly signed offensive lineman Greg Randall hit the ground rumbling with the St. Louis Rams.

      The 333-pound tackle, who bolsters an injury-plagued position, showed up at training camp for a physical on Sunday night after agreeing to a contract. On Monday, he participated in about 10 plays of a scrimmage.


      "Obviously we feel pretty good about him, to bring him in like this and throw him in like we did," coach Mike Martz said. "So, he'll compete."

      The Rams had been down to 10 healthy linemen before they signed Randall, who was released by the ***** in June. Tackle Kyle Turley was in St. Louis having his ailing back checked, center Dave Wohlabaugh is recovering from hip surgery and tackle Orlando Pace is a contract holdout.

      Randall, who is 6-6 and 333 pounds, is a former fourth-round pick of the Patriots in 2000 and played his first three seasons for New England. He started all 16 games for the Houston Texans last year at right tackle, but his stay with the ***** was brief.

      Opening a letter from the team, Randall discovered he had been cut. If he makes it with the Rams, that'll be incentive for the two games with San Francisco this year.

      "I'm looking forward to it," he said. "But the main thing is to try to learn this system and try to get this offense down."

      Randall used to be known as Robinson-Randall. For a time he used the last name of both his mother and his father, who died of cancer at age 24.

      The Rams also were trying to sign Chris Dishman, a guard-center formerly of the Cardinals.

      Martz was unsure when Turley, who underwent surgery for a herniated disc in March, might return to the team. Turley was considering visiting a back specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, in Los Angeles.

      "That's going to take some time," Martz said. "When you're dealing with a back, particularly since he's had surgery, he wants and we've encouraged him to always get a second and third opinion so he feels good about where he is."

      The Rams released kicker Dillon Pieffer, a rookie from UNLV who signed with the team on July 26. That leaves incumbent Jeff Wilkins as the only kicker in camp.

      Close call: Rookie defensive end Anthony Hargrove avoided an injury at the end of Monday's practice when he turned his left ankle. He spent time on the trainer's table, but after practice Hargrove seemed fine and the ankle wasn't even wrapped.

      "It happens all the time, so I should be all right," Hargrove said. "It was scary at first because I felt like I broke it.

      "Walking around on it, it feels better."

      Hargrove, the team's third-round draft pick, is happy with his performance so far
      ...
      -08-03-2004, 02:58 PM
    • RamDez
      New tackle makes immediate contribution
      by RamDez
      New tackle makes immediate contribution


      R.B. FALLSTROM

      Associated Press

      MACOMB, Ill. - Newly signed offensive lineman Greg Randall hit the ground rumbling with the St. Louis Rams.

      The 333-pound tackle, who bolsters an injury-plagued position, showed up at training camp for a physical on Sunday night after agreeing to a contract. On Monday, he participated in about 10 plays of a scrimmage.

      "Obviously we feel pretty good about him, to bring him in like this and throw him in like we did," coach Mike Martz said. "So, he'll compete."

      The Rams had been down to 10 healthy linemen before they signed Randall, who was released by the ***** in June. Tackle Kyle Turley was in St. Louis having his ailing back checked, center Dave Wohlabaugh is recovering from hip surgery and tackle Orlando Pace is a contract holdout.

      Randall, who is 6-6 and 333 pounds, is a former fourth-round pick of the Patriots in 2000 and played his first three seasons for New England. He started all 16 games for the Houston Texans last year at right tackle, but his stay with the ***** was brief.

      Opening a letter from the team, Randall discovered he had been cut. If he makes it with the Rams, that'll be incentive for the two games with San Francisco this year.

      "I'm looking forward to it," he said. "But the main thing is to try to learn this system and try to get this offense down."

      Randall used to be known as Robinson-Randall. For a time he used the last name of both his mother and his father, who died of cancer at age 24.

      The Rams also were trying to sign Chris Dishman, a guard-center formerly of the Cardinals.

      Martz was unsure when Turley, who underwent surgery for a herniated disc in March, might return to the team. Turley was considering visiting a back specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, in Los Angeles.

      "That's going to take some time," Martz said. "When you're dealing with a back, particularly since he's had surgery, he wants and we've encouraged him to always get a second and third opinion so he feels good about where he is."

      The Rams released kicker Dillon Pieffer, a rookie from UNLV who signed with the team on July 26. That leaves incumbent Jeff Wilkins as the only kicker in camp.

      -----

      CLOSE CALL: Rookie defensive end Anthony Hargrove avoided an injury at the end of Monday's practice when he turned his left ankle. He spent time on the trainer's table, but after practice Hargrove seemed fine and the ankle wasn't even wrapped.

      "It happens all the time, so I should be all right," Hargrove said. "It was scary at first because I felt like I broke it.

      "Walking around on it, it feels better."

      Hargrove, the team's third-round draft pick, is happy with his performance...
      -08-03-2004, 11:16 AM
    • RamWraith
      Storm prompts team to end camp
      by RamWraith
      By Bill Coats
      Of the Post-Dispatch
      08/19/2004
      MACOMB, Ill. - The exodus began about 6 p.m. Thursday, less than an hour after Rams coach Mike Martz abruptly declared an early end to Camp Macomb.

      "We've got a big storm coming in tonight, so I told them to get out of here," Martz said. "I don't want them driving home in the rain in the morning. It's supposed to rain all night and well into (today). So, we wouldn't get anything out of a morning practice out here, obviously."

      The team practiced twice Thursday and was scheduled for a morning workout today before checking out of Thompson Hall and returning to St. Louis. Instead, Martz planned a light practice for this afternoon at Rams Park.

      "We'll reorganize down there," he said. "We had a heck of a camp up here. We came out of this thing healthy; the injury list is minimal compared with what it's been in past years. We've had good tempo, the work's been outstanding. I'm pleased with where we are."

      The Rams will practice Saturday and Sunday evenings. Their second of four exhibition games is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday against the Chiefs in Kansas City.

      Hargrove moves


      Rookie Anthony Hargrove said he'd heard scuttlebutt about his moving to defensive tackle from defensive end. But when it became reality, he still was stunned.

      "It's kind of a shocking thing, something that I never thought really would happen," said Hargrove, the Rams' third- round draft choice. "It's one of those things that's in the back of your mind, but when it happens, you're really just kind of caught off-guard."

      Martz indicated that the strong play of Bryce Fisher and Erik Flowers at right end provided an opportunity to get a look at Hargrove on the inside. He worked at tackle Wednesday and Thursday, and pronounced himself "happy to take the challenge."

      "Coach Martz told me that he thinks the way I come off the ball and the way I play, that's a natural fit for me," Hargrove said. "I think it's going to be a real comfortable move for me."

      Veteran defensive end Tyoka Jackson likes the idea, too.

      "He's 6-4, 285 (or so), probably the strongest dude on the team, as fast as Leonard (Little) ... yeah, I'm cool with that," Jackson said. "He's going to make his mistakes because he's young, he's a rookie. But he's going to make his plays, too."

      Jensen returns


      A long and trying stretch on the injury list finally came to an end for rookie Erik Jensen, who practiced in full pads Thursday for the first time since suffering a sprained knee ligament in the first week of camp.

      Jensen, a seventh-round draft pick, said as time wore on, his frustration grew.

      "You want to come in and...
      -08-20-2004, 06:34 AM
    • RamDez
      Dishman is back after a visit home
      by RamDez


      Dishman is back after a visit home
      By Bill Coats

      Of the Post-Dispatch
      08/19/2004


      MACOMB, Ill. - When the football players at Lincoln (Neb.) North Star High saw Chris Dishman's Hummer parked outside the weight room early one morning this week, they figured he'd be coaching their team again.

      "They thought I was released," Dishman said after Wednesday afternoon's practice at Rams training camp. "They (said), 'Geez, you already got cut?'"

      No, Dishman is still with the Rams, vying for a job on an offensive line badly lacking in personnel. But he had some unfinished business that needed to be addressed, so he left for his Garland, Neb., home after Thursday night's preseason game in St. Louis and returned to Western Illinois University about noon Wednesday.

      "Just a lot of personal stuff," said Dishman, who had decided to retire after seven NFL seasons before Rams coach Mike Martz persuaded him earlier this month to accept a one-year deal and report to camp. Dishman said it seemed like a good idea at the time, but . . .

      "My kids, I didn't get to say goodbye to them," said Dishman, 30, a father of two. "It was getting tough for them, crying every night and calling me up and telling me they wanted me to come home. It started to make me (wonder) if . . . my retirement wasn't a bad plan. The money's all good and everything, but when you've got kids at home, the money doesn't really mean anything to you."

      Although Dishman acknowledged that "definitely there were second thoughts," he emphasized that he never seriously considered re-retiring. "My wife and my dad both said, you signed a contract, don't back out like some of those guys," he said. "I was raised that way. There was no way that I wasn't coming back."

      But he wanted to see his children again, as well as his extended family at North Star, where he'd been serving as an assistant coach. "I went up and saw them practice," he said. "I let them know why I wasn't there personally. Calling them on the phone, I think, is inconsiderate when you've spent four months with these kids.

      "Some of them don't have fathers. It's not a troubled group, but it's a new school there, so they're getting kids there from all over town. If you're a role model to them, you need to go back and show them your face and tell them you haven't forgotten about them."

      Two players are hurt

      Two more Rams went down with injuries Wednesday, but Martz reported that neither player was seriously hurt. Offensive tackle Grant Williams, who probably will be in the lineup when the Rams open the regular season Sept. 12, turned his right ankle in the morning practice and skipped the afternoon workout.

      Cornerback DeJuan Groce appeared to be much more
      ...
      -08-19-2004, 01:49 PM
    • RamWraith
      'Salt and Pepper' link spices rookies' season
      by RamWraith
      By Bill Coats
      Of the Post-Dispatch
      Friday, Dec. 24 2004

      One came from the deep Southeast, the other from the far Northwest. One arrived
      brimming with promise, the other with only slight hope of making the team. One
      is black, the other white.

      They met at Rams Park. And now, several months later, rookies Anthony Hargrove
      and Brian Howard are virtually inseparable.

      "That's why we call ourselves 'Salt and Pepper' - we're always together,"
      Hargrove said. "You always have salt and pepper together; you don't have one
      without the other. That's kind of how we are."

      Hargrove was the team's second draft pick in April, a third-round selection
      from Georgia Tech.

      "We felt like this was a guy that will ascend quickly," Rams coach Mike Martz
      said on draft day. "The athleticism, the speed, the strength - all those things
      that you're looking for in a pass-rusher and defensive end are there."

      Hargrove, a boisterous 21-year-old from Punta Gorda, Fla., received a
      three-year, $1,374,000 million contract that included a $442,000 signing bonus.

      Howard, a reserved 23-year-old who grew up in the Seattle suburb of Kent,
      Wash., and played college ball at Idaho, wasn't drafted. He joined the Rams as
      a free agent on April 30. After surviving the final training camp cut, he
      signed a three-year deal worth $927,500.

      Each has played in 13 games, with Howard getting a start Nov. 29 at Green Bay
      and Hargrove possibly in line for his first start Monday night against
      Philadelphia. Both see considerable special-teams action.

      As strangers in an unfamiliar city, they sought companionship. That they found
      it in each other came as a surprise to both of them.

      "You get here as a rookie and you kind of look for someone to pal around with,"
      Howard said. "During camp, we didn't really hang out much. It started more
      toward the regular season. We found out we had a lot in common, and we were
      real compatible as friends."

      Roommates on the road and neighbors in the locker room, they spend most of
      their nonfootball hours together, too.

      "He's usually the first guy I call in the morning when I get up and the last
      guy I call before I go to bed," said Hargrove, adding that they planned to
      spend Christmas Day together, probably at his house in St. Peters. Howard lives
      in an apartment about 10 minutes away. Hargrove said they've "educated" each
      other as their comradeship has grown.

      "He's showed me that Western fishing, country-life kind of thing, and I've
      showed him the wild, city-boy type of atmosphere," he...
      -12-25-2004, 08:43 AM
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