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    This one is a super tough call on the all time Rams team list. I dont believe that the rams have ever had a truly dominant all pro caliber tight end. In the pass catching side, i think you would have to go with ernie conwell or billy truax. However, given that my all time rams team is LOADED with weapons at the skill position, i think that i would select David Hill as the all time rams tight end, as i certainly think he qualifies as the best blocker we have ever had at the position.

    Hill, who was known as a floating tackle during his playing days in the early through mid 80's, was an incredibly huge (for that time especially) 280 pound tight end who was effectively another offensive lineman during the dickerson glory days.

    Probably the same reason i would select James Hodgins as the rams all time best fullback. My all time rams team needs sledgehammer blockers rather than more runners, so i give The Hammer the nod over Cullen Bryant and Tank Younger (of bull elephant backfield fame). Certainly madison hedgehung will go down as the best blocking fullback waived by the rams in exchange for no compensation.

    ramming speed to all

    general counsel

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    Re: Greatest tight end in rams history

    GC- I like these "greatest player" threads. They get you to thinking about the past (when things were more enjoyable) and the old Rams teams. I remember David Hill and yes, he was VERY big yet pretty nimble and had sure hands. But I liked Pete Holohan. I honestly didn't look at any stats, but I believe he had three or four pretty productive years with the Rams.

    And honorable mention goes to Mike Barber back in the early 80's.

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      Re: Greatest tight end in rams history

      Ernie conwell, well, im to young...

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        Re: Greatest tight end in rams history

        Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
        GC- I like these "greatest player" threads. They get you to thinking about the past (when things were more enjoyable) and the old Rams teams. I remember David Hill and yes, he was VERY big yet pretty nimble and had sure hands. But I liked Pete Holohan. I honestly didn't look at any stats, but I believe he had three or four pretty productive years with the Rams.

        And honorable mention goes to Mike Barber back in the early 80's.
        I second the motion. Great idea GC.

        Mike Barber....wow I forgot he played for us.
        sigpic :ram::helmet:

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          Re: Greatest tight end in rams history

          Originally posted by general counsel View Post
          This one is a super tough call on the all time Rams team list. I dont believe that the rams have ever had a truly dominant all pro caliber tight end. In the pass catching side, i think you would have to go with ernie conwell or billy truax. However, given that my all time rams team is LOADED with weapons at the skill position, i think that i would select David Hill as the all time rams tight end, as i certainly think he qualifies as the best blocker we have ever had at the position.

          Hill, who was known as a floating tackle during his playing days in the early through mid 80's, was an incredibly huge (for that time especially) 280 pound tight end who was effectively another offensive lineman during the dickerson glory days.

          Probably the same reason i would select James Hodgins as the rams all time best fullback. My all time rams team needs sledgehammer blockers rather than more runners, so i give The Hammer the nod over Cullen Bryant and Tank Younger (of bull elephant backfield fame). Certainly madison hedgehung will go down as the best blocking fullback waived by the rams in exchange for no compensation.

          ramming speed to all

          general counsel
          Tough call, but I'd go with Terry Nelson. Didn't get much publicity, but he had some good hands for a tight end, and beat out Charle Young when the Rams brought Young over from Philadelphia. I do like your choice of David Hill too! At fullback, I'd go with Cullen Bryant. I still like watching him run against the Bucs in the 1979 NFC Championship. Wasn't Jim Bertelsen a FB?

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            Re: Greatest tight end in rams history

            Mike Barber. David Hill. Billy Truax. In no particular order. Terrific TEs for the Rams. :helmet:

            Ernie Conwell -- a very fine and effective TE / FB.

            My sentimental Rams TE favorite, Truax.
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              Re: Greatest tight end in rams history

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              Tough one.

              I'd probably go with Hill simply because of the blocking he provided.

              Had conwell not struggled with injuries early on in his Rams career his production would have been higher. Regardless, I think Conwell is a very close second and I could not argue with him being the number one choice.



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                Re: Greatest tight end in rams history

                Unfortunately I haven't watched the rams long enough to know any really good TEs, i'd have to go with Ernie Conwell. However the rams TE with with the best name (completely irrelevant I know) has to be Brandon Manumaleuna.

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                • AvengerRam_old
                  Will the Rams ever embrace the TE position?
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                  Today, the TE position has become more important than ever. Players like Antonio Gates, Jeremy Shockey, Heath Miller, Randy McMichael and Alge Crumpler have become key targets and game changers.

                  While defense remains the No. 1 priority for this offseason, maybe the time has come for the Rams to finally look at the TE position as a key.

                  Certainly, Marc Bulger would benefit from having a large target who can go over the middle and provide a real threat in the Red Zone. Also, by tying up a safety in coverage, a good TE would open things up even more for Holt, Bruce, Curtis and McDonald.

                  This year's draft seems to be pretty deep at the TE position. Once the Rams have addressed the key needs on defense, the TE position should be high on the list.

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                • general counsel
                  More rams history-the best player the Rams ever let get away
                  by general counsel
                  Dick Night Train Lane played two seasons for the Rams (1952 and 53). As a rookie, he had 14 int's in 12 games. The Rams traded him to the cardinals and got basically nothing (money issues). Lane was a six time all nfl first team corner, and in the opinion of many, the greatest corner in the history of the game (68 career int's). This was the worst move the rams ever made, bar none.

                  Dont say warner. He had deteriorated at the point we let him go. There is no reason to believe he would have been as successful if he stayed with the rams with all their crappy players around him. Van Brocklin was traded at the peak of his career which didnt work out too well either, and of course many will cite the dickerson deal (which might come in second on my list). But trading a way a first ballot HOF'er after two years in an era before free agency and getting essentially nothing for him was an unmitigated disaster.

                  Worst release for no compensation at all of a player under contract that i can think of? Madison Hedgecock.

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                  general counsel
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                • RamsInfiniti
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                  by RamsInfiniti
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                • general counsel
                  All time great rams team-the two easiest positions to name
                  by general counsel
                  Back by popular demand, more on my all time rams team.

                  THe two easiest positions on the team are offensive tackle and defensive end.

                  Offensive Tackle- Pace and Slater
                  Defensive End- Youngblood and Deacon Jones

                  I dont think that there can be any legitimate dispute over those selections as starters. As backups however, there is plenty of food for thought.

                  My picks

                  Offensive Tackle- Charlie Cowan, Eberle Schultz (other possibilities include Irv Pankey). I think Cowan (a 14 year rams and multiple all pro, along with Schulz (and all pro in the 1940's and the anchor of the 1945 championship teams offensive line) are the best backup choices (even though schulz only played three years for the rams, therefore meeting the bare minimum time of service requirement for the all time team).

                  Defensive End. Leonard Little (superior pure pass rusher) and Larry Brink (first team all pro for the 1951 championship team). Others to consider include Andy Robustelli (who made the HOF, but whose best years were with the Giants), Fred Dryer and Lamar Lundy. I am sure many will mention wistrom, but i dont believe he was dominant enough to be in this group, although he was an excellent ram.

                  Comments invited.

                  Ramming speed to all

                  general counsel
                  -02-22-2010, 10:37 AM
                • MauiRam
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