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  • Daniel Fells #2 Tight End-BIG SLEEPER

    The coaches must be REALLY impressed with this guy. There has been a lot of positive media about how well Billy Bajema is doing in camp, yet Daniel Fells is still ahead of him on the depth chart. So I think Fellls is being groomed to be the Rams' next #1 overall (blocking and catching) tight end.
    I went to a couple of training camp practices and I could easily see why the coaches like him. He definitely creates match up problems in the receiving game. Caught a bunch of balls on O.J. The kid is REAL quick and REAL big. He gets down the field and gets open like a wide receiver and uses his 270lb frame to shove guys out of the way. I'm real impressed with his hands too. He catches the ball with his hands like a wide out and not with his body like some other tight ends. If I remember correctly, he lined up in the back field a bunch of times at the scrimmage too and blocked down the middle. I guess he can do it all! Hope to see what he can do for us in the next couple of games.

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    Re: Daniel Fells #2 Tight End-BIG SLEEPER

    I have not read anything that states that he's above Bajema on the depth chart.

    Truth is, they have different roles. Fells is more of a receiving TE who will back up McMichael (Klop, it seems, likely won't make the team). Bajema is a blocking TE who will be in on short yardage plays and double-TE formations.

    You seem to have an odd affinity for the guy (almost all of your posts here are about him). He could be a contributer, but hardly is a headliner.

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    • #3
      Re: Daniel Fells #2 Tight End-BIG SLEEPER

      Word out of camp I am seeing is that Bajema has much better hands than thought and appears to be a punishing runner after the catch ...

      While Fells is talented, a nice package in a TE/HB role, if Bejema can consistently prove to be able to catch the ball, he'll find it hard to ever get off the field in this offense ...

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      • #4
        Re: Daniel Fells #2 Tight End-BIG SLEEPER

        Fells is NOT above Billy Bajema on the depth chart. Fells is still battling Klop for a roster spot. Jim Thomas reported that he's dropped multiple balls recently and is concerned. There are much more realistic sleepers that could turn into solid contributer. Quincy Butler, Gary Gibson, Larry Grant are more likely.

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        • #5
          Re: Daniel Fells #2 Tight End-BIG SLEEPER

          BIG SLEEPER huh? Well .. I don't care how much he sleeps as long as he can stay awake on the field ..

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          • #6
            Re: Daniel Fells #2 Tight End-BIG SLEEPER

            If Fells is on top of Bajema im fine with that.

            Fells is a faster more athletic type of Tight End that can catch but cant block. And it does not matter too much cuz we can just put bajema in for running plays and a few play action plays to keep the D on check.

            I want Fells to impress enough that he can take over as starter mid-season. he will be good at receiving this year.

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            • #7
              Re: Daniel Fells #2 Tight End-BIG SLEEPER

              Originally posted by RebelYell View Post
              Fells is NOT above Billy Bajema on the depth chart. Fells is still battling Klop for a roster spot. Jim Thomas reported that he's dropped multiple balls recently and is concerned. There are much more realistic sleepers that could turn into solid contributer. Quincy Butler, Gary Gibson, Larry Grant are more likely.
              This is what I thought as well, but several of our fellow board members have seen different, guess we'l have to wait and see friday night.

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              • #8
                Re: Daniel Fells #2 Tight End-BIG SLEEPER

                I don't mind who is ahead of who. It seems like we finally have a good set of tight ends. We can fool the opposing defenses with the tight trio. haha cheesy ass name, i know.

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                • #9
                  Re: Daniel Fells #2 Tight End-BIG SLEEPER

                  Hey, what can I say, I think the guy is pretty talented and I'm a fan. Saw some flashes of great potential when he played last year so I'd hardly call that an odd affinity, Avenger. And I do understand that him and Bajema play different roles but today I noticed that Fells IS ahead of him on the current depth chart on the Rams website. The coaches could have easily put Bajema after McMichael if they wanted to, especially since he is practically guaranteed a spot from being freshly signed, but they didn't. And I'm just hoping that its because I'm right and that Fells IS talented. I'm just being positive and hoping he lives up to the media hype from OTAs. WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET IN THE RECEIVING CORPS THIS YEAR. You're right about one thing though, time will tell and we'll see what he can do on Sundays.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Daniel Fells #2 Tight End-BIG SLEEPER

                    Originally posted by RebelYell View Post
                    Fells is NOT above Billy Bajema on the depth chart. Fells is still battling Klop for a roster spot. Jim Thomas reported that he's dropped multiple balls recently and is concerned. There are much more realistic sleepers that could turn into solid contributer. Quincy Butler, Gary Gibson, Larry Grant are more likely.
                    Look at the depth chart that was posted to the official website a couple of days ago. Hey, it could change, but as of right now Fells is ahead of Bajema.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Daniel Fells #2 Tight End-BIG SLEEPER

                      Originally posted by MauiRam View Post
                      BIG SLEEPER huh? Well .. I don't care how much he sleeps as long as he can stay awake on the field ..
                      Good one!!!
                      LA RAMMER

                      It's Jim not Chris
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HNgqQVHI_8

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                      • #12
                        Re: Daniel Fells #2 Tight End-BIG SLEEPER

                        Originally posted by BarronWade View Post
                        If Fells is on top of Bajema im fine with that.

                        Fells is a faster more athletic type of Tight End that can catch but cant block. And it does not matter too much cuz we can just put bajema in for running plays and a few play action plays to keep the D on check.

                        I want Fells to impress enough that he can take over as starter mid-season. he will be good at receiving this year.
                        Fells cannot block? I saw blow numerous defenders up last year, both from the outside, and in the HB position as a lead blocker ...

                        He's 6-4, 270 - quite a beast of a tight end ...

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                        • #13
                          Re: Daniel Fells #2 Tight End-BIG SLEEPER

                          Originally posted by RamsInfiniti View Post
                          Fells cannot block? I saw blow numerous defenders up last year, both from the outside, and in the HB position as a lead blocker ...

                          He's 6-4, 270 - quite a beast of a tight end ...
                          Agreed. I think it became clear in the Jets game that he CAN block, both on the line as a TE and from the backfield as a FB. Normally I'd say that the fact that he blocked well doesn't mean much because its a preseason game but in this case he was blocking well against the Jets' first string from the start of the game. I think that shows some talent. I did think it was odd though that he didn't run even one route. Maybe their trying to round him out so that he can do it all b/c they already know he can catch.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Daniel Fells #2 Tight End-BIG SLEEPER

                            Mike Sando say Bejama and Fells have been the guys in the 2 tight sets not McMichael. Fells isn't ahead of either though, because Bejama is a better blocker and McMichael is a better reciever.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Daniel Fells #2 Tight End-BIG SLEEPER

                              IMO when it comes to pass catching he and Keenan Burton are practice all stars who don't show up nearly as much on game day, but Fells is a decent blocker on gameday.

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                              • ramfan247
                                TE Daniel Fells is one of the top sleepers of 09
                                by ramfan247
                                Excited about this kid. He showed a lot of promise and potential last year and it seems like hes gonna have a big 2009.
                                Its been reported that he has really shined in the last two mini-camps and has excelled as a slot receiver and mobile Tight End.
                                Bulger said that he had a "rediculously great" mini-camp and that he was playing like "lights out." And lots of media outlets that watched both camps have reported that he has gotten a whole lot of red zone action and that hes gonna be one of the number one deep threats this year.
                                Hes a big guy and could be the big receiving target we need this year because all our receivers are definitely on the small side.
                                Shurmur (the offensive coordinator) said "Fells is the guy for us that's really gonna make mis-matches with the defenses we go up against this year."
                                He's a definite sleeper and I think he might get more action as a receiving tight end than McMichael. I'm callin it. We'll see!
                                -05-08-2009, 08:13 PM
                              • thatguy
                                Daniel Fells should get more credit imo
                                by thatguy
                                I don't see many people talking about him but he is a big target and he knows how to use his size to his advantage. He isn't the fastest or most athletic but he has solid hands and as soon as he catches the ball he always goes straight up field. At 270 pounds he is tough to tackle and he knows that and that's what I like about him. Whether its Fells, Onubon, or Hoomanawanui I think the rams have a bright future at the TE position
                                -12-28-2010, 07:31 PM
                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Fells Finds His Niche
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                Fells Finds His Niche
                                Thursday, October 1, 2009


                                By Nick Wagoner
                                Senior Writer

                                At 6’4, 270 pounds, Daniel Fells is the type of player who instantly catches your attention when he steps off the bus.

                                When you see Fells run around the practice field with above average speed and you watch him catch everything in his vicinity as though he had a manicure at Elmer’s glue factory, you can’t help but think that when the football gods created a tight end, this is what he was supposed to look like.

                                “There is a lot to like,” Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “Danny is one of those quote-unquote athletic tight ends. The team we are getting ready to play has two of them. Guys that can run, guys that are big, and guys that factor in the pass game. I think Danny does all of that.”

                                Fells has done all of that for the better part of the past three years but it hasn’t been noticed by many because most of it has been limited to various practice fields throughout the NFL.

                                For whatever reason, Fells has been a standout in practices since he signed as a rookie free agent with Atlanta in 2006 but the success he’s had there has just never translated to Sundays.

                                Never, that is, until last week. After putting in plenty of long hours in meeting rooms and on practice fields, Fells finally got that feeling of accomplishment when he caught two touchdowns from quarterback Kyle Boller on consecutive drives against Green Bay.

                                After the game, Fells was inundated with about 45 text messages from friends old and new alike.

                                But even in his moment of triumph, Fells wasn’t much in the mood to celebrate. He went home and had dinner with his wife.

                                “I have been waiting for the opportunity and it’s real nice but it’s real tough to take because we lost the game,” Fells said. “We wanted to win. It’s tough for us as a team. It’s a personal thing but that’s not what it’s about.”

                                Coming out of the University of California-Davis, in 2006, Fells flew under the radar because he suffered a broken ankle that limited him to six games as a senior.

                                Fells went undrafted but signed with Atlanta. Rams general manager Billy Devaney worked in Atlanta at the time and was part of the group that discovered Fells.

                                Fells made the roster but never got a chance to play for the Falcons and spent the next year bouncing to Oakland’s practice squad before moving to Tampa Bay in Jan. 2008.

                                Finally, on Sept. 3 of last season, Devaney and the Rams made the move to bring Fells to St. Louis.

                                Fells got a late start in getting acclimated to the offense and played in 12 games, making seven catches for 81 yards.

                                “I kind of joined the team a little bit late so it was hard to catch up and jump in,” Fells said.

                                Still, Fells’ immense skills were clearly...
                                -10-03-2009, 12:21 AM
                              • Bosna-Ram
                                Rams would like to re-sign TE Daniel Fells
                                by Bosna-Ram
                                by: vanram

                                Answering questions after his official media availability, St. Louis Rams GM Billy Devaney revealed a little bit about the team's plans for one their pending free agents. Asked by TST whether they planned to bring back TE Danile Fells, Devaney expressed a desire to bring Daniel Fells back this season.
                                We'd like to have Daniel back.
                                Tight end Daniel Fells has been hit and miss during his time with the Rams. This first two years were pretty tumultuous; some of the more generous watchers would give him a mulligan for '08 and '09.



                                Fells had career highs with 41 catches and 391 yards last year, but those numbers were marred by inconsistency. Regardless, bringing Fells back makes some sense for the Rams. Clearly he's lost his role as the starter, replaced by Michael Hoomanawanui, who the Rams hope stays healthy this season. Fells can catch the ball and block, functionally in both areas.



                                If the Rams do end up bringing Daniel Fells back, the depth chart will largely depend on how far along Fendi Onobun is. The "project" tight end the Rams picked in the sixth round last year didn't see much time on the field before injury ended his season. He caught two passes and his speed was an asset on special teams.


                                Devaney, in talking about receivers, noted how the Patriots were able to stretch the field with their tight ends last season. Ideally, Onobun would do that for the Rams. If Onobun can do some damage on the field, Fells would drop to third or even fourth on the depth chart, behind Uh Oh, Onobun and possibly Billy Bajema.
                                -02-25-2011, 08:48 PM
                              • ramfan247
                                Statistically Fells is a top 10 TE in the NFL
                                by ramfan247
                                Daniel Fells hasn't been flawless this year but he HAS been our most reliable receiver out there. He is clearly durable, he gets yards after the catch on almost every reception and it always takes at least two or three guys to bring him down. Hes not fast, but he's quick and has great hands. Statistically, this kid is a first down machine and has been open in the end zone time and time again, even though he only has two touchdowns. He hasn't been featured in this offense whatsoever, yet he has more catches than Heath Miller, Owen Daniels, Anthony Fasano, Greg Olson, etc. If we let this kid go in free agency this offseason, he'll go to an offense that will feature him and he'll have a 60 catch season and we'll be praying and counting our lucky stars that our TEs, Hoomanawanui, Onobun and Bajema, are healthy. All three have serious durability issues.
                                -12-29-2010, 08:31 AM
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