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    Wide receiver Jordan Kent ready to jump in

    Nervous but determined, Jordan Kent approached his father a few years ago, asking, "Will you still love me if I do something?"

    Ernie Kent was shaken. "He thought I was getting married," Jordan recalled, laughing. "I said, 'No, I want to play football.'"

    Because Ernie Kent is the basketball coach at the University of Oregon and Jordan was a member of his squad, you can imagine his initial reaction. "He wasn't really for it at the time," Jordan said, "but he gave his blessing about a week later. He's been one of my biggest fans since then."

    Now, Ernie has a new team to support. Jordan, a 6-foot-4, 219-pound wide receiver, signed a free-agent deal with the Rams on Tuesday. He practiced with his new team for the first time Wednesday.

    "I think on special teams, I'm ready to contribute," Jordan said afterward. "Obviously there's a learning curve at receiver, but ... I'll be ready to go whenever they need me."

    Kent, 25, takes the place on the 53-man roster of second-year wideout Keenan Burton, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Sunday's 28-23 loss to New Orleans at the Edward Jones Dome.

    The Rams brought Kent in for a workout in October. Since then, he said he'd been "patiently waiting" for a call-back. "I've been back in Oregon, working out every day and just staying in shape," Kent said. "I knew I had to be ready at moment's notice."

    Kent was a two-sport star at Winston Churchill High in Eugene, Ore., a member of state-championship squads in basketball and track. He continued in both sports at Oregon, then heading into his junior year decided to add a third.

    "I always wanted to give (football) a shot," Kent said. "I just didn't want to be sitting there 10 years from now thinking shoulda, woulda, coulda. I knew if it didn't work out, I could say, 'Hey, at least I tried it. No hard feelings.'"

    Juggling three sports, as well as earning a degree in business administration, required strict discipline, Kent explained. "You go to bed early and you really don't have much of a social life," he said. "There are some sacrifices, but it was a lot of fun doing all three."

    Kent, a sprinter, was a four-time All-American in track and a defensive specialist in basketball. He was a rank novice when he walked on to the football team.

    Just figuring out how to suit up, with the pads in the right places and the helmet buckled properly, was a challenge initially, he conceded. He saw scant action his first season but started 12 games as a senior, amassing 44 catches for 491 yards and four touchdowns.

    Intrigued by the combination of Kent's size, speed and development potential, Seattle took him in the sixth round (No. 210 overall) of the 2007 draft. He spent his rookie season on the practice squad, then got into nine games, mostly on special teams, in 2008. The Seahawks released him in their final preseason cuts this year.


    As of late Wednesday, about 4,500 tickets remained for Sunday's home game vs. Arizona. The deadline to sell out and avoid a local-television blackout is noon today.

    The Rams will decide this morning whether to seek a 24-hour extension from the league, as they did last week before fulfilling sellout requirements.


    Defensive end Chris Long (knee) and guard Richie Incognito (foot) sat out practice Wednesday. Defensive ends James Hall (back) and Leonard Little (knee) were limited, as was defensive tackle Clifton Ryan (toe).

    During practice, defensive end C.J. Ah You went down with an injury to his left knee. He was scheduled for an MRI exam.

    Spagnuolo said Incognito, who has missed two games, is "very doubtful" for Sunday's game.

  • #2
    Re: Wide Receiver Jordon Kent Ready To Jump In

    He's a big boy hope he makes a big splash like gibson,boy if he plays agressive like gibson we might have a promising WR core to be recken with.;)


    • #3
      Re: Wide Receiver Jordon Kent Ready To Jump In

      I'm going to expect that he'll produce a bit less than what Gibson did in his NFL debut, because Kent is still a bit raw and not as sharp. But, I'll reserve further judgement until after I see how he plays.

      I hope he'll have a good game though.


      • #4
        Re: Wide Receiver Jordon Kent Ready To Jump In

        I hope Kent can come in and play pretty good. I don't expect to see him this week, but let him get a few plays in at special teams. It's good enough for now.


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          But now, nearly three weeks into camp, the 6-foot-4, 219-pound Kent appears to be firmly in the mix. He's displayed improved receiving skills, plus he has desirable versatility as a strong special-teams contributor and possibly as an emergency place-kicker.

          "Not sure on the kicker thing yet," coach Steve Spagnuolo quipped after practice Tuesday morning. "But he's done some good things. He's made some big catches. He's a big body, works his butt off. He's everything you want intangible-wise."

          Kent's athletic ability can't be disputed: He also played basketball and ran track at the University of Oregon. He didn't join the football squad until his junior year, so he's still learning the craft.

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          Kent is hoping that if he can prove himself to be a reliable receiver, his other talents will help earn him a job. He had two catches for 24 yards in Saturday's preseason opener.

          "I think I need to continue to catch the ball consistently ... then also what I do on special teams is going to be really important. Because obviously if you're not a starter, you have to contribute on special teams," he said. "If I can go out there and make plays as a receiver and on special teams, that's going to give me the best shot."

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          Eager, in fact, to start proving himself to his new team.

          "Going out there, showing talent and making plays, that's what it's all about," Wyche said. "It's always good to get a new start."


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