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    11.25.2009 10:58 am
    TE Butler promoted to active roster
    By Jim Thomas
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    After officially placing defensive end C.J. Ah You (knee) on the injured reserve list Tuesday, the Rams filled his roster spot Wednesday by promoting tight end Eric Butler from the practice squad.

    Butler, 6-2, 255, was signed by the Rams in March and was with the team throughout minicamps, OTAs, and training camp. He was signed to the practice squad Sept. 6 after being released in the final roster cutdowns on Labor Day weekend. He entered the NFL with the New York Giants in 2008 as an undrafted rookie out of Mississippi State

    The Rams have added defensive end Sean Convover to fill Butler’s spot on the practice squad. Conover was one of three DEs who visited Rams Park for tryouts Tuesday. The others were Larry Birdine and Otis Grigsby.

    Conover, 6-5, 275, was most recently with Detroit. The Bucknell graduate entered the league as a rookie free agent with Tennessee and played in 11 games with two starts for the Titans in 2006 and 2007, recording 25 tackles.

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    Re: TE Butler Promoted To Active Roster

    Adding another TE. Haven't we been here before??

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    • #3
      Re: TE Butler Promoted To Active Roster

      Well, McMichael has made about as much of a contribution this year to the Rams squad as I have so why not?

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      • #4
        Re: TE Butler Promoted To Active Roster

        I heard he's being added to play fullback because Karney has an injury. We'll see though.

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          Finishing last week's game with just three healthy cornerbacks and Terrence McGee anything but a lock to play this Sunday, Buffalo signed cornerback Jerametrius Butler Tuesday to add some veteran experience to the secondary.

          Decimated by injuries particularly on the defensive side of the ball the Bills had to trim their roster at a position of surplus to address the shortages elsewhere. Running back and special teams contributor Josh Scobey was released to make room for Butler.

          Butler was signed by the Washington Redskins this past June as a free agent after he was released by the club that made him a fifth-round draft choice in 2001, the St. Louis Rams, but the Redskins released him Aug. 28.

          The six-year veteran enjoyed his most productive seasons in St. Louis under then Rams secondary coach Perry Fewell. From 2003-2004 Butler made 31 starts, had 150 tackles and nine interceptions.

          Butler however, was slowed by injuries the past two seasons with a knee injury wiping out his entire 2005 season. A lingering hamstring injury last season allowed him to appear to just six games in 2006.

          Nevertheless he is familiar with Buffalo's defensive scheme having played a similar version in St. Louis and should be able to contribute quickly.

          Meanwhile Scobey who signed with Buffalo as a free agent this past offseason, was kept on the roster primarily for his special teams abilities, despite missing most of training camp with a calf injury.

          Scobey's role was expanded this past week as a kick returner with Terrence McGee suffering with bruised ribs. He had a total of 112 kickoff return yards on five attempts for 22.4-yard average against the Patriots. But with four other healthy running backs on the roster in Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson, Anthony Thomas and Dwayne Wright, Scobey became expendable.
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        • MauiRam
          Rams release Butler ...
          by MauiRam
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          Rams release veteran Butler
          By Bill Coats
          ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
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          The Rams have released veteran cornerback Jerametrius Butler, who was a starter
          in the 2003 and 2004 seasons before a knee injury derailed his career. Butler,
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          Butler’s final highlight with the Rams came last Oct. 8 in Green Bay. With less
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          quarterback Brett Favre was marching the Packers toward the end zone. Then, in
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          Packers guard Daryn Colledge got to the ball first after end Leonard Little
          stripped it from Favre's grasp, but it spurted away.
          "He kind of dove on it with all his weight," Butler said after the game, "but
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          it and covered up the best I could. Guys were trying to take it out and punch
          me in the ribs, but I held on to it."
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        • Varg6
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          by Varg6
          Six-year veteran Jerametrius Butler, a once-ascending cornerback whose career progress was sidetracked by a 2005 knee injury, has been released by the St. Louis Rams, making him a free agent and able to sign with any other team.



          Butler

          Depending on the state of his health, Butler, 28, could draw interest from around the league. The Rams did attempt to trade him during this year's draft, but found no serious suitors at the time, in part because of Butler's contract.

          His deal with the Rams had three years remaining, at base salaries of $2 million (2007), $2.5 million (2008) and $3 million (2009). Butler will have to battle another recently released cornerback, Kelly Herndon of Seattle, for attention in the free agent market.

          A fifth-round choice in the 2001 draft, Butler moved into the starting lineup in 2003 and had four interceptions that season. In 2004, he posted five pickoffs. So convinced were the Rams that Butler possessed big-time potential that they matched a four-year, $15 million restricted free agent offer sheet to which Washington had signed the cornerback after the '03 season.

          Butler's career began to spiral, however, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the team's 2005 training camp. After Butler rehabilitated the surgically-repaired knee, he sustained a serious hamstring injury last summer in camp.

          As a result of the injuries, the former Kansas State standout has appeared in only six games over the past two seasons. The Rams' acquisitions of other cornerbacks through free agency and the draft knocked him well down the depth chart.

          This spring, Butler stayed away from all of St. Louis' offseason conditioning sessions, all but severing his relationship with the team.

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        • MauiRam
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          With a total of two receptions in his one season of college football, tight end Fendi Onobun arrived at Rams Park in late April about as raw as rookies come.

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          That Onobun was still around for that practice is the culmination of what he described as an "unexplainable" journey. "It's an unbelievable story, and it's just the beginning," he said. "I'm really, really excited."

          The 6-foot-6, 249-pound Onobun played basketball at the University of Arizona, mostly as a reserve forward behind future NBA performers Jordan Hill and Chase Budinger.

          After completing his degree, Onobun was considering continuing basketball in Europe. But recalling an overture he received from the football staff at Arizona during his sophomore year, Onobun decided to "roll the dice and see what happens."

          He enrolled at the University of Houston and joined the football team. He hadn't played football since he was a seventh-grader at O'Donnell Middle School in Houston.

          Onobun got into 11 games, mostly on special teams, for the Cougars. His two receptions netted 33 yards. But the Rams were blown away by his athletic ability during a private workout and took him in the sixth round of the draft (No. 170 overall).

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          Players who are let go get a phone call; those who are sticking don't.

          "I was a little worried. Family was calling me, friends were calling me: 'Hey, did you make the 53?'" Onobun said. "Every time the phone rang, I jumped. I was like, 'It's no secret. I'll let you know as soon as I find out.' ... But no news was good news."

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        • RamWraith
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          Deep beyond the smiling face and pleasant demeanor, James Butler is burning. Since the weekend of April 23 and 24, 2005, Butler has carried this with him as motivation.

          After an accomplished career at Georgia Tech, Butler watched idly as 20 safeties came off the draft board. Expecting to be selected at some point, Butler couldn’t believe that his name was never called.

          “It was very tough,” Butler said. “Just to watch some of the guys going before me, I was like ‘Man, these guys aren’t better than me.” I think every player goes through that. Every player has things they have to go through. I went through that and I just have to go with the punches that were dealt and that’s what happened.”

          Instead of worrying about what didn’t happen, Butler decided to focus on making his own luck. He signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent on May 6.

          Fast forward four years to Wednesday and here’s Butler sitting at a table, addressing the St. Louis media after inking a lucrative four-year contract to become the team’s starting strong safety.

          It was a day that seemed so far away on that April weekend.

          “It helped my motivation,” Butler said. “I think that’s the biggest thing. Every player has a motivation whether they are trying to provide for their family, whatever it is. That was my motivation.”

          Butler’s journey from undrafted free agent to successful, starting NFL safety isn’t necessarily an unusual tale. Plenty of players have worked hard enough to make an impression and stick on NFL rosters.

          Not many have done it with the quick level of success of Butler, though. That it happened with the Rams is little surprise.

          After battling his way on to the roster as a rookie, Butler spent two years under relative anonymity, contributing mostly on special teams with the occasional appearance on the defense.

          Following his second season in New York, the Giants hired a new fire brand defensive coordinator named Steve Spagnuolo.

          Spagnuolo gave Butler his first starting opportunity in 2007 and Butler rewarded that confidence with a solid first year including a team leading nine tackles in the team’s stunning Super Bowl XLII victory against the Patriots.

          That relationship with Spagnuolo only grew last year and when Spagnuolo accepted the head coach position in St. Louis in the same winter that Butler was due for unrestricted free agency, the next stop of Butler’s career seemed clear.

          “I think it was the biggest part of the decision,” Butler said. “Coach ‘Spags’ gave me my first opportunity to be a starter in the league and he helped my career grow, so I felt that I wanted to go along with him with the Rams.”

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          -03-12-2009, 04:19 AM
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