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    by nick wagoner

    Coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams made it through the game relatively clean and actually made mention of the Rams getting healthier, namely on the defensive front.

    That means that DTs Michael Brockers and Matt Conrath could be back in the mix next week. Brockers, in particular, seems to be on track. He actually went through a pre-game warmup workout with strength coach Rock Gullickson. It looks good for the prized rookie’s return sooner than later.

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    Let's hope we see Brockers this Sunday in the lineup. We will need his big wide body against Mr. Lynch aka beast mode aka skittles aka candyman aka thizzle man aka " Darren Sharper hold mya D*ikkk" aka Mr. Drunk driver...


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      I'm all for Brockers coming back if he's at or near 100%. Nothing is more aggravating than rushing a player back before he's ready, creating a nagging, recurring injury.


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        Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
        I'm all for Brockers coming back if he's at or near 100%. Nothing is more aggravating than rushing a player back before he's ready, creating a nagging, recurring injury.
        Agreed, but if he was close enough to make the trip to CHI & get a pre-game workout, it sounds like they are being sufficiently cautious with him. Really looking forward to seeing how much more impactful that LB group, esp Lau, can be with some stoutness in the middle, not to mention Long & Quinn.


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          We may have lost in an ugly fashion but I'm glad everyone came out safe after the game. I couldn't bear seeing Bradford deal with a re-tweaked ankle after accumulating 6 sacks from a vicious Bears defense.

          ♪ R.I.P. Nujabes ♫


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            how long was brockers supposed to be out? It was like what...4 weeks?


            • #7
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              We just got Steward back once we get Michael Brockers and Matt Conrath back we will be near 100% on the defense. That's a far cry from last year.

              We have all of our receivers and running backs. We are just decimated on the O line.


              • #8
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                Originally posted by Rambos View Post
                We have all of our receivers and running backs. We are just decimated on the O line.
                Don't you find it a bit of hard luck that we are dealing with multiple injuries to this unit similar to last year when 8 of our CB's were out for the season?

                I dont know about you guys, but I just find that to be a tad bit unlucky


                • #9
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                  I can't wait to see Brockers out there. I wish he played against CHI, would of been awesome to see Michael Bush get stopped behind the line with nowhere to go down the middle. Hopefully Brockers can get playing this week, and can help close gaps and bring down Marshawn Lynch.

                  I think by seasons end, we will all be talking about Michael Brockers being the best DT from this draft by far.


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                    Fisher on his weekly show said Brockers had a really good workout on Sunday said he will practice Wed. Followed by he should be ready this Sunday and that will be huge for us.


                    • #11
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                      Jim Thomas via Twitter:
                      "Rams DT Michael Brockers (ankle) returns to practice Weds. on limited basis. Been sidelined since preseason finale. Says he'll play Sunday."


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                      • r8rh8rmike
                        Fear The Beard: Healthy Brockers Ready To Take Next Step
                        by r8rh8rmike
                        Fear the beard: Healthy Brockers ready to take next step

                        11 hours ago • By Jim Thomas [email protected] 314-340-8197

                        Michael Brockers’ beard can best be described as prolific, even biblical.

                        “It’s coming along very well,” said Brockers, the Rams’ second-year defensive tackle. “At LSU, I just had a little chin (hair) going, but now I think the all-out beard really makes me look dominant. Beard equals sacks. And I think sacks are good for me right now.”

                        Brockers was joking, but the goal definitely is to take the next step as an NFL defensive tackle, whether it’s sacks, tackles for loss — what have you — and become a force in the middle of the St. Louis front four.

                        “Mike did a great job coming back off the high ankle (sprain), and really finished up strong toward the second half of the (2012) season,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “He’s worked very hard. He’s changed his body, and we think he can be a dominating player inside.”

                        A high ankle sprain in the Rams’ 2012 preseason finale against Baltimore sidelined Brockers for the first three games of his rookie season. High ankle sprains can take forever to heal — just ask Sam Bradford — and Brockers felt lingering effects of the injury throughout the season.

                        Even so, he came on strong over the second half of the year, playing very much like the No. 14 overall pick in the draft. At season’s end, he joined cornerback Janoris Jenkins as the first Rams since 2003 to make the NFL’s all-rookie team. Brockers’ season totals included 63 tackles, four sacks and 17 QB pressures or hits. All in all it made for a good start in the NFL, but Brockers wants more this season.

                        “I can’t even see the ceiling yet,” Brockers said during practices in June. “I want to keep progressing from here on in, and I just keep doing my thing. The ankle is fine. I have no excuses now and I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself to do great things.”

                        The high ankle sprain, to Brockers’ right ankle, is long behind him. In addition, Brockers underwent cleanup surgery in February to remove bone chips in his left ankle. He believes that procedure corrected carryover symptoms from an injury at LSU that irritated his foot last season.

                        “When I’m in my stance, it really pinched on nerves,” Brockers said after a recent training camp practice. “Now that that’s out I can just feel me being more explosive off the ball, getting in the backfield real quick.”

                        Brockers now has two good wheels and has increased his overall weight and upper-body strength.

                        “He’s changed his body,” Fisher said. “He’s gained some weight, but it’s good weight. He’s gained a tremendous amount of strength.”

                        Brockers weighed in at 325 pounds for training camp after playing around 318 to 320 as a rookie. An extra five to seven pounds may not sound like much, but for a finely tuned pro...
                        -07-30-2013, 09:47 AM
                      • mcpeepants232003
                        Michael Brockers
                        by mcpeepants232003
                        I saw a lot of analysts give the Rams grief for trading down and missing out on Fletcher Cox and Dontari Poe but Brockers has been more effective than both(though Cox has slightly better stats but has played way more).

                        Jenkins has got most of the hype but Brockers has played a huge part in our success.
                        -12-02-2012, 09:41 PM
                      • MauiRam
                        Rams DT Brockers poised for breakthrough .. Nick Wagoner
                        by MauiRam
                        By Nick Wagoner |

                        Halfway through St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers' rookie season he found himself wondering if he was going to be able to have the kind of impact expected of the 14th pick in the NFL draft.

                        The first half of the season had essentially been a wash as Brockers dealt with the lingering effects of a high ankle sprain suffered in the preseason finale. He returned in Week 4 but the ankle injury didn’t allow him to perform the way he’d hoped.

                        Things were so bad that Brockers doesn’t even like the mention of the first eight games of his career. He prefers not to watch the game film from his first five appearances.

                        “I can’t put it into words from my mouth because it was just really bad,” Brockers said. “When I look at myself toward the end of the season and look at myself toward the beginning of the season, my stance has changed, I’m coming off the ball different, I’m reading plays different, everything is different when you first get into the league because everything is going fast and I had the ankle so I’m playing tentative. It really was bad tape to watch. I hate watching it but now that we moved on to different games and later in the season, I am just trying to progress off of that really.”

                        Brockers’ breakthrough performance came right at the beginning of the second half of the season. Motivated by the opportunity to face San Francisco’s tough, physical offensive line, namely guard Mike Iupati, Brockers said it was in that Week 10 game that he finally put all thoughts about his ankle out of his mind.

                        “The game I like to play is smashmouth football,” Brockers said. “That game really put a lot of pressure on the ankle. After that, I was like ‘this ankle can hold up’ and I can go out and play. I think that was the turning point.”

                        Brockers never looked back in the second half of the season though he had his share of ups and downs, as rookies tend to do. He again gave San Francisco fits in Week 13, and put on another dominant performance against Buffalo the following week.

                        That late-season performance combined with an offseason in which he has reshaped his body has many observers believing that Brockers, on a team full of young potential, is the most likely to emerge into a full blown star in 2013.

                        “Mike did a great job coming back off the high ankle (injury), and really finished up strong toward the second half of the season,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “He’s worked very hard. He’s changed his body, and we think he can be a dominating player inside.”

                        The changing of the body has seemed like something of a neverending process for Brockers, even dating to before he entered the league. Brockers arrived at the 2012 scouting combine around 322 pounds but dropped down to closer to 310 through the draining process of draft preparation.

                        Brockers put some of that...
                        -09-02-2013, 12:32 PM
                      • Rambos
                        Brockers Getting Comfortable
                        by Rambos
                        Nick Wagoner

                        A little more than two weeks ago, rookie defensive tackle Michael Brockers found himself getting ready to step on the field for his first NFL game.

                        Preseason or not, Brockers was nervous, butterflies in the stomach, on the verge of vomit type of nervous. In fact, Brockers found himself so anxious that he spent more time worrying about letting his teammates down than staying focused on the task at hand.

                        Upon the first contact of that game, those nerves went away but Brockers walked away knowing that he needed to get back to his fundamentals taught by line coach Mike Waufle in order to fare better last week against Kansas City.

                        “Use the basics Coach Waufle is teaching us,” Brockers said. “Finish getting back to the quarterback, putting pressure on him and stuff like that. I feel like if you get back to the basics, everything will work out like you want it to.”

                        From game one to game two, progress was made for Brockers, not only in his eyes but in the eyes of coach Jeff Fisher. He finished with four tackles and was regularly a force against the run, taking on multiple blockers and allowing teammates to run free to the ball.

                        Like any rookie, Brockers has had his share of ups and downs in his first training camp but so far he seems to have pushed through it and is working to make progress daily in the preseason.

                        “He’s doing well,” Fisher said. “He might be a little tired, but he’ll get his legs back. He was a force inside. His pad level was good. He had some good pressures inside. That’s a big offensive line and they were clearly set out to protect the quarterback through the play action pass, but they were also banging on our ends. So he either had a 1-on-1 or he had a double. When he had a 1-on-1 he was getting good pressure.”

                        As the Rams’ first round pick – No. 14 overall – in April, Brockers was saddled with the task of jumping into the starting lineup almost immediately and being a consistent presence in the middle of the line that could help the Rams heretofore porous run defense.

                        When Brockers arrived in St. Louis, he checked in at an imposing 6’5, 323 pounds and plugged in next to Kendall Langford on an emerging defensive line. The expectation was that Brockers would be helpful against the run right away while Waufle helped him develop some needed pass rush skills.

                        The first thing asked of Brockers had nothing to do with any details of his game.

                        “They asked me to trim down a little bit which was OK with me,” Brockers said. “I can see the goal of where I’m supposed to be in the first place. I don’t mind trimming down some more and I’ll be even better than I was when I first started camp.”

                        When Brockers was drafted, he was about 11 pounds heavier than what he played at when he was at Louisiana State. The added weight didn’t seem to bother his conditioning much...
                        -08-20-2012, 01:42 PM
                      • MauiRam
                        Michael Brockers hopeful for long-term contract ..
                        by MauiRam
                        By Nick Wagoner

                        EARTH CITY, Mo. -- As the first draft pick of the Jeff Fisher and Les Snead era in St. Louis, Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers figured to be a building block in the team's long-term aspirations.

                        The Rams made Brockers the No. 14 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft after trading down twice to add more picks. He was the third first-round pick added to a defensive line that has since added two more. But while the rest of those picks have had clearly defined roles in their time with the team, Brockers' job has been more of a moving target.

                        It has made for a difficult read on where Brockers fits best. He has been asked to gain weight to hold up better against the run and lose weight so he can be a better pass rusher in the span of a year.

                        But Brockers has at least one fit that he hopes to add to the list for the immediate and long-term future and that's staying a Ram well beyond the next two seasons.

                        "I am definitely hopeful I can get a long-term deal," Brockers said. "Being here with Fish, I love the team. Everybody wants to stay with one team their whole career. I know it’s a business but at the same time, I love these guys here and I would love to stay here in St. Louis and be with these guys."

                        The Rams seem to share that opinion after choosing to exercise their fifth-year option to ensure Brockers is with the team at least through the 2016 season. That decision keeps Brockers from becoming a free agent after this year and will cost the Rams $6.146 million against the 2016 salary cap if the two sides don't work out a deal before then.

                        It would be a surprise if it came to that. Brockers' representatives and the Rams have engaged in some initial conversations about a deal, but nothing appears imminent. That doesn't mean something won't come together, though. Just last year, the Rams had exercised that same option on defensive end Robert Quinn and then signed him to a lucrative contract extension in Week 2, nearly a full year before the option would kick in.

                        "I’m going to let agents and GMs do what they have to do," Brockers said. "I’m going to try to stay back and get my eye on the field and what I have to do to get better."

                        Brockers' pursuit of improvement should be buoyed by the fact he finally seems to have a set role heading into 2015. Midway through 2014, the Rams moved Brockers to more of a nose tackle position, asking him to tie up multiple blockers to help free up rookie running mate Aaron Donald.

                        The move paid off as Donald posted nine sacks and went on to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Brockers' numbers took a hit as he dropped to 32 tackles and two sacks after 46 and 5.5 in 2013.

                        Although his new job doesn't come with much in the way of glamour or statistics, Brockers is embracing it.

                        "I’m OK...
                        -06-14-2015, 02:12 AM