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  • Rams sign DT Mitch King to Practice Squad ..

    Rams make changes to practice squad
    by Nate Latsch of GridIronGateway December 1, 2010 at 1:52pm ET

    Mitch King Profile

    The St. Louis Rams have added defensive tackle Mitch King to the practice squad and released cornerback Terrail Lambert from the practice squad.

    King, 24, is a 6-foot-2, 282-pound defensive tackle from the University of Iowa who was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent last year and was with the Indianapolis Colts earlier this season.

    He appeared in four preseason games and then the first four games of the regular season, recording three tackles, before being released in October.

    Here's an article after the 2009 draft.... Posted on another Ram Forum ..

    Agent: Calls overwhelming after draft about King
    by Scott Dochterman


    IOWA CITY — An abnormally high volume of calls came in moments after the draft for former Iowa defensive tackle Mitch King, according to his agent, Richard Rosa.

    “We weren’t dealing with scouts,” Rosa said. “We were dealing with coaches, general managers … at least two team presidents called him personally and said, ‘That’s a guy we have to have.’ There was tremendous interest for him.”

    “I can’t deny that there were teams lining up. He had an unbelievable amount of interest from teams. Ultimately, Mitch got to pick the spot.”

    Rosa said King chose Tennessee because he felt most comfortable with defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who is known for his fiery temperment.

    “The bottom line is Mitch King is a tremendous football player,” Rosa said. “One day he’ll have his day and he’ll say, ‘I told you so.’”

    One day after Mitch King was left unwanted by NFL officials, one draft analyst said the slight might benefit King in the long run.

    “He was much better off going undrafted than it would have been to go in the sixth or seventh round,” said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock on Monday. “At least he had an opportunity to make some decisions as to where he wanted to go.”

    The Tennessee Titans signed King, 22, Sunday night to a free-agent deal. Most draft experts expected King, a Burlington native, to be drafted anywhere from rounds three through five. Dan Shonka, general manager and national scout for Ourlads Scouting Services LLC., listed King as the fourth-best defensive tackle and a third-round pick. The Sporting News listed King as a fifth-round selection.

    “Boy he could slip as far as six, but it would surprise me,” Shonka said before the draft. “You’re talking about (rounds) three to four and if he fell below that, it’s really a bonus to some team. He’s a third-, fourth-round caliber player.”

    King ranks among the most productive defensive players in Iowa football history. He was named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year. He had 15.5 tackles for loss last year, including four sacks. He had 54 tackles, six quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. He was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press and first-team All-American by ESPN. He also was Iowa’s co-MVP and named a permanent team captain.

    But King’s size seemed to concern most NFL teams. He stands 6 feet, 1 inch and weighs 280 pounds. For most teams, he’s too light to play defensive tackle, too big to play linebacker and not explosive enough to play defensive end.

    “Whether it’s fair or not, he’s perceived as a tweener,” Mayock said. “You compare him, for instance, to a (Iowa cornerback) Bradley Fletcher, who had much less production, was nowhere near the player at Iowa. But when the NFL takes a look at those two players, Bradley Fletcher gets overdrafted because he’s a height, weight, speed guy, fits all the numbers they’re looking for and despite all of Mitch’s production, NFL teams look at him and say. ‘Where do we play him?’”

    Tennessee might be the ultimate beneficiary. The Titans finished with the NFL’s best record last year at 13-3 but lost All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth in free agency. The Titans are unsettled at defensive tackle and have multiple players with King’s dimensions at the position.

    “We were surprised when he went undrafted,” Titans scout Mike Ackerley said. “Mitch is a high-energy, high-motor player. He is aggressive at the defensive tackle spot and a really good football player.”

    King was one of eight Iowa players getting an NFL opportunity. Fletcher and running back Shonn Greene were drafted in the third round by St. Louis and the New York Jets, respectively. Denver drafted guard Seth Olsen in the fourth round by Denver, while Oakland picked tight end Brandon Myers in the sixth. Center Rob Bruggeman (Tampa Bay), defensive tackle Matt Kroul (New York Jets) and wide receiver Andy Brodell (Green Bay) all signed free-agent deals.

    Mayock said King might benefit from playing with a group of veteran player and King might compare favorably with Tennessee’s other rookies at defensive tackle.

    “Tennessee took a defensive tackle late in the second round, a kid out of Auburn, named Sen’Derrick Marks,” Mayock said. “And to be honest with you, he’s another one of those height, weight guys. He looks good, but I thought came out a year early. And he’s a kid that is inconsistent, whereas Mitch King will show up at every practice with an attitude.

    “I really believe Mitch King, whether it’s this year or next year, will find a way on to an NFL roster.”

  • #2
    Re: Rams sign DT Mitch King to Practice Squad ..

    Signing depth, good excellent.


    Did I get that right? ;)

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    • #3
      Re: Rams sign DT Mitch King to Practice Squad ..

      You'll never hear me complain about signing a DT, but shouldn't we be go after more wide recievers or a back up running back?

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      • #4
        Re: Rams sign DT Mitch King to Practice Squad ..

        Originally posted by mikhal5569 View Post
        You'll never hear me complain about signing a DT, but shouldn't we be go after more wide recievers or a back up running back?
        You're right, its nothing anyone should be mitchking about.

        (Sorry, I'm in a punny mood today)

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        • #5
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          He does sound like he has a lot of game. But, where do you play him? He doesn't seem heavy enough to play DT. I suppose he can add some weight in time.

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            Originally posted by viper View Post
            He does sound like he has a lot of game. But, where do you play him? He doesn't seem heavy enough to play DT. I suppose he can add some weight in time.
            He could play DT on passing downs. Spag likes to mix his front four.
            Si vous croyez en vous, que vous avez de la fierté, et que vous ne lâchez jamais, vous serez un gagnant.
            Le prix de la victoire est chère, mais la récompense en vaut la peine.

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            • #7
              Re: Rams sign DT Mitch King to Practice Squad ..

              Originally posted by Bar-bq View Post
              Signing depth, good excellent.


              Did I get that right? ;)
              Nope .. Here's how it goes: Good signing, excellent depth!

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by viper View Post
                He does sound like he has a lot of game. But, where do you play him? He doesn't seem heavy enough to play DT. I suppose he can add some weight in time.
                Ah You is about 270 lbs & been used at both DE and DT this year & having a nice season with 4 sacks & a forced fumble. We've all been talking about the big dogs like Long, Hall, & Robbins but I think the depth has really helped them show up in crunch time, no ?

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by Azul e Oro View Post
                  Ah You is about 270 lbs & been used at both DE and DT this year & having a nice season with 4 sacks & a forced fumble. We've all been talking about the big dogs like Long, Hall, & Robbins but I think the depth has really helped them show up in crunch time, no ?
                  Great point! Maybe we have a place for him after all. You're right about Ah You, he's been flying under the radar and just keeps making plays. Four sacks is impressive. I had no idea he had that many.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Rams sign DT Mitch King to Practice Squad ..

                    A low center of gravity is a plus in goal line situations. He could also be used as a blocking back on short yardage downs. We need guys that just want to play.
                    Look away. I'm hideous. __ Cozmo Kramer

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                    • #11
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                      Try him at fullback. He might be an efficient under tackle if he has the necessary quickness and burst.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Rams sign DT Mitch King to Practice Squad ..

                        Let's see... I'm thinking that there's another undrafted player who's having a pretty big impact for our team now... Maybe twice in a row?

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                        • #13
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                          I like it. There are many players that were panned as being "too small" and had hall of fame careers, as well as some having great seasons right now. I think you play him anywhere you can to see where this "tweener" fits. You will likely find he fits in a lot of spots and a lot of situations. I was an undersized running back when I played so while that meant I could not power my way through a line or tackler, I was nimble as hell and made them miss a lot. Being called "under sized" made me mad, and I played mad and made people pay for it as much as I could.

                          Just look at Zack Thomas for instance. He was constantly panned for being too small but had a terrific career.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Rams sign DT Mitch King to Practice Squad ..

                            Originally posted by Rampingitup View Post
                            I like it. There are many players that were panned as being "too small" and had hall of fame careers, as well as some having great seasons right now. I think you play him anywhere you can to see where this "tweener" fits. You will likely find he fits in a lot of spots and a lot of situations. I was an undersized running back when I played so while that meant I could not power my way through a line or tackler, I was nimble as hell and made them miss a lot. Being called "under sized" made me mad, and I played mad and made people pay for it as much as I could.

                            Just look at Zack Thomas for instance. He was constantly panned for being too small but had a terrific career.
                            Or very similar in this instance, Jason Jones DT for the Titans. He weights 280 and i'm pretty sure he is 6-2. Not the biggest but is playing absolutely lights out for that team right now.

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                            • #15
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                              Poor Mitch, he lost an inch in just a few short paragraphs.
                              Look away. I'm hideous. __ Cozmo Kramer

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                              • chipperjones
                                King out for the season....
                                by chipperjones
                                MEQUON, Wis. (AP)—St. Louis Rams cornerback Justin King’s rookie season is over before it started after he tore a ligament in his left big toe in Saturday night’s preseason opener against Tennessee.

                                The injury will require season-ending surgery.

                                “He said it was just a fluke deal and said he got it trapped under a guy’s foot or stepped funny and rolled over it,” coach Scott Linehan said.

                                King will be placed on injured reserve. The fourth-round draft choice from Penn State had made a strong early impression in camp and was working as the team’s third cornerback against Tennessee.

                                Thought to be more of a raw prospect than an instant contributor, King proved to be more ready for game action than originally thought. He was playing regularly in the team’s nickel package against the Titans before coming out with about 2 minutes left in the first quarter.

                                “It’s a weird kind of deal,” Linehan said. “I feel bad for him because he worked really hard and was really going to push for a lot of playing time.”


                                Dang...I really had high hopes for him!
                                -08-10-2008, 05:54 PM
                              • MauiRam
                                King works to re-establish himself
                                by MauiRam
                                By BILL COATS
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                                05/03/2009

                                It was all going so well in the early part of training camp last year for Rams rookie Justin King. A fourth-round draft pick from Penn State, King was challenging Jonathan Wade for the No. 4 cornerback spot.

                                Then King's big toe gave out in the preseason opener at Tennessee. Just like that, his season was over.

                                "It was extremely tough, just sitting there and knowing that there's nothing you can do about it," said King, who had surgery for a torn ligament. While his new teammates were struggling through a 2-14 season, King was hobbling through Rams Park with his foot in an orthopedic boot.
                                "It was a long season," King said. "And now we have a whole different coaching staff and I've got to re-establish myself coming off the injury."
                                After months of rehab, King is back in uniform and participating in the team's second spring minicamp. The toe "gets a little sore every once in a while, but nothing to hold me down," King reported. "It's coming around."

                                One of the starting cornerback spots belongs to Ron Bartell, but the other is open for competition. Tye Hill, who played in just four games before suffering a season-ending knee injury, has been working with the first unit, and Wade has been the nickel back.

                                Still, the 5-foot-11, 188-pound King is conceding nothing.

                                "I look at it as true competition," he said. "I just want to go out and try to get better every day, and let the coaches make their decisions."

                                Instead of doing his mending back home in Pittsburgh, King remained here virtually all last season. He decided that if he couldn't advance himself on the field, he could make strides elsewhere.

                                "I used to do scouting reports for the defensive backs on the opposing teams' offenses," King said. "It's one thing to be hurt and it's another thing to just be away from it all for a year. So I tried to stay around it as much as possible."

                                BARTELL ADJUSTS

                                After establishing himself as a mainstay in the secondary and earning a new contract that could net him $28 million over four seasons, fifth-year pro Bartell is feeling like a rookie again. He acknowledged that his head is swimming as he tries to absorb a new defensive scheme.

                                "Learning a whole new defense is like learning how to read all over again," Bartell said. "We spent the last three years in the same defense and we got to know that pretty well. Then to throw that out the window, learn new terminology, new techniques, new blitzes, new coverages, it's definitely different. ...

                                "The old way wasn't working. Now we have to do it this way, and hopefully it works out."

                                SPEED IMPRESSES SMITH

                                His first four NFL practices...
                                -05-03-2009, 05:24 PM
                              • RamWraith
                                At the Risk of Being a Cheerleader ... Peter King
                                by RamWraith
                                SI.com's Peter King will keep a daily blog as he travels across the country visiting NFL training camps.

                                At the Risk of Being a Cheerleader ...
                                Earth City, Mo. -- 10 a.m.

                                It's happening again. An NFL team is doing the right thing with the customers. On the beginning of a broiler of a day here on the outskirts of St. Louis, coach Mike Martz has ended practice early. He's happy with how his team is working, and he's giving them the afternoon off. But first, he gathers his team at midfield and says: "I want everyone to go over and sign autographs for the next 10 minutes.''

                                There are maybe 1,000 fans here. The Rams open the morning practice every day, then close it during the afternoon when, presumably, more strategic things occur. Martz knows these players have spent four months preparing for the season already. The best thing he can do for them now is occasionally give them a break they didn't expect.

                                "The drudgery of camp isn't what it used to be,'' Martz says later. "We've got a great group of guys, and they've worked to prepare for the season pretty hard already. I gave Marc Bulger the day off today, and the rest of the team will get the afternoon and evening off. They deserve it.''

                                The autographs? "These fans are our customers,'' Martz says. "They come out here expecting to see a longer practice and more stuff, and the last thing we want to do is disappoint them. Our players know it's a good idea to make sure the fans go home happy.''

                                What a novel idea in sports -- treating the customer right.
                                -08-03-2005, 09:56 AM
                              • RamDez
                                King-size opportunity
                                by RamDez
                                King-size opportunity

                                Rams give Lincoln native shot at left guard position


                                By HAL PILGER
                                STAFF WRITER


                                MACOMB - The third year could prove to be the charm for Lincoln native Andy King, an offensive lineman with the St. Louis Rams.



                                The 6-foot-4, 310-pound former Illinois State standout has played in only a handful of games since signing as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2002 season. Not only has he bounced back and forth between the practice squad and active roster, King has been switched between the tackle and guard positions.

                                Through it all, King has kept a positive attitude and noticeably strong work ethic. And now his patience and hard work may be paying off. The Rams are planning to play King considerably at the left guard spot during the preseason.

                                Veteran center Dave Wohlabaugh, coming back from offseason hip surgery, is limited to participation in a few agility drills and may be weeks away from a full recovery. The Rams have moved Andy McCollum to center, creating the opportunity for the 25-year-old King to play left guard.

                                "I've been at tackle for the last couple of years, in and out of right and left tackle, and filling in at guard here and there in practice," said the 1997 Lincoln High School graduate. "Now this year I think I'm expected to stay at left guard and do what I can there to be a contributing member of that starting five."

                                That's largely, King believes, because of his patience and persistence - two things he knew he would need to make it in the NFL.

                                "Undrafted free agent, up and down with the practice squad several times the last couple years, you just have to make your way and take a hold of opportunities when they come up," King said.

                                "At some point during the offseason, I don't remember exactly when, Mike (Martz, head coach) just came by and said, 'We're gonna put you at guard, work you there and get you going.' And then closer to mini-camp they weren't sure if Wohlabaugh was going to be able to practice, and they said they were going to put me where they need me.

                                "I was at right tackle during mini-camp until the last day and then started in at left guard and stayed there since. So I guess it was really the end of mini-camp when they put me there."

                                And King, who has not played a great deal at guard, would not mind pulling permanent left guard duty.

                                "I can't tell you how much of a benefit that is, to be able to focus on one position," he said. "The last couple years I've had to make sure I knew everything about all the positions so whenever I had to fill in I was ready to do it. Now, being able to focus and just get that edge on this position, I think will really help out a lot.

                                "It's not too different," King said. "I guess...
                                -07-30-2004, 10:44 AM
                              • RockinRam
                                This Is The Last Straw. Justin King Needs To Go.
                                by RockinRam
                                Justin King has done nothing right in this game. He has been pushed back, he's been tossed around, and he's causing stupid penalties due to his inability to cover a receiver.

                                Game after game, King has not produced, yet Spaguolo insists to keep on starting him as the #1 cornerback. Absurd.


                                He is very, very lucky Mike Williams did not finish that amazing would-be TD catch, because that would make him absolutely disgustingly terrible.

                                Every time there is a blown coverage, a pass penalty, or a good catch from a Seahawks receiver, Justin King's name is there.


                                Get his ass out of here. :frown:
                                -11-20-2011, 02:42 PM
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