– I realize this is the third blog entry of the day but just wanted to rundown some quick bits and pieces from coach Jeff Fisher’s news conference. I’ve already delved far enough into the cuts in the previous blog and the story coming on the site so these will be more about moving forward, so let’s knock these out real quick.
– On the injury front, Fisher labeled DT Darell Scott, S Darian Stewart and G Harvey Dahl as questionable for this week’s game against Baltimore. It’s unlikely any of the three will play on the short week and with only one more practice between now and the game.
– Fisher said the decision for the next round of cuts is going to be sorted as the week goes on but declined to name a specific spot where roster battles are still forming. Instead, he believes that there’s more shuffling to be done with guys that will be on the roster, for instance who is going to be the third corner in the nickel? We know who is going to make the team there but there’s shuffling to be done in terms of roles.
– He also acknowledged that the search for more players shaking loose from other teams is an ongoing process and will continue moving forward. With a team this young and lacking depth in some areas, it’s probably fair to say the Rams will add a player or two to their 53-man roster before prep for Detroit begins.
– On the Dallas game, which we covered here extensively yesterday, Fisher gave some positives and negatives, many of which were the same as his post-game reactions.
Positive: The running of rookie RB Daryl Richardson, the performances of the special teams as a whole
Negative: Poor tackling, miscommunication (especially on the back end) and breakdowns in protection up front.
– Fisher also addressed the play of QB Sam Bradford and said that Bradford held the ball a bit long on one play and the rest of the time the protection wasn’t there as Dallas threw quite a few blitzes and fronts at him.
– Last week, Fisher discussed working rookie WRs Chris Givens and Brian Quick with the first team but it didn’t happen against the Cowboys. On Monday, he said that would still be a goal for this week but would make no guarantees because the other wideouts are also still working on timing with Bradford.
“There’s a chance we’ll move them up,” Fisher said. “I’d like to see Quick and Givens up there but they are all young receivers so it’s just a matter of…so we’ll play as many as we can early in the game. With the numbers down, they will be playing throughout the game.”
– All for now, more from Fisher in story about cuts coming soon to front page.
– Thanks for reading.
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– The Rams trimmed their roster from 90 to 75 on Monday afternoon with no real surprises on the list, though a couple of names did stand out.
– First, the Rams released only 14 players but that’s because one went to injured reserve. That player was DT Trevor Laws.
– The players waived by the Rams: WR Danario Alexander, FB Todd Anderson, TE Brody Eldridge, WR Charles Gilbert, DT John Gill, WR Brandyn Harvey, LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis, T Kevin Hughes, LB Noah Keller, K Garrett Lindholm, T Ryan McKee, RB Calvin Middleton, RB Nick Schwieger and LS Travis Tripucka.
– Laws has a partial tear in his right patellar tendon, a problem that has been chronic for him. He was unable to practice almost all of training camp and he wouldn’t have been ready to start the season. That means some real openings for backup DT spots for youngsters Matt Conrath and Jermelle Cudjo. Also, it could mean the Rams look for more help at the position after final cuts are made.
– On the cuts list, no real surprises though a familiar name was on the list in the form of Alexander.
– It’s been covered here and plenty of other place ad nausea but it’s just been too difficult for Alexander to stay on the field. This camp, he sat out with a hamstring issue then practice a couple of times before going back on the shelf with more hamstring problems. Couple that with the on going knee issues which will always require management and here we are. Alexander is a great kid and a talented player but those talents don’t help a football team on the sideline. Here’s hoping the best for him in the future.
– The rest of the group didn’t get many opportunities in the preseason as others moved ahead of them on the list. Some were late additions such as Gill, Harvey and Gilbert. Best of luck to all of the players let go.
– The final cuts will come Friday when the Rams must go from 75 to 53. Here’s a positional breakdown of what’s left on the roster:
QB (4): Sam Bradford, Kellen Clemens, Austin Davis, Tom Brandstater
RB (4): Steven Jackson, Isaiah Pead, Daryl Richardson, Chase Reynolds
FB (3): Brit Miller, Ovie Mughelli, Ben Guidugli
WR (9): Danny Amendola, Steve Smith, Brandon Gibson, Austin Pettis, Brian Quick, Chris Givens, Greg Salas, Nick Johnson, Mike Campbell
TE (6): Lance Kendricks, Matthew Mulligan, Mike Hoomanawanui, Mike McNeill, Deangelo Peterson, Cory Harkey
OL (13): Rodger Saffold, Quinn Ojinnaka, Scott Wells, Harvey Dahl, Barry Richardson, Jason Smith, Robert Turner, T. Bob Hebert, Jose Valdez, Bryan Mattison, Rokevious Watkins, Joe Long, Tim Barnes
Total left on offense: 39
DL (13): Chris Long, Robert Quinn, Kendall Langford, Michael Brockers, William Hayes, Eugene Sims, Matt Conrath, Jermelle Cudjo, Darell Scott, Cornell Banks, Jamaar Jarrett, Scott Smith, Vernon Gholston
LB (8): James Laurinaitis, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Rocky McIntosh, Mario Haggan, Josh Hull, Aaron Brown, Justin Cole, Sammy Brown
CB: (7): Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins, Bradley Fletcher, Trumaine Johnson, Jerome Murphy, Kendric Burney, Quinton Pointer
S (5): Quintin Mikell, Darian Stewart, Craig Dahl, Rodney McLeod, Matt Daniels
Total on Defense: 33
– And, not there was much mystery anyway but the Rams have settled their specialist positions as well.
K (1): Greg Zuerlein
P (1): Johnny Hekker
LS (1): Jake McQuaide
– That’s all for today. I’ll have more in a story for the front with reaction quotes following coach Jeff Fisher’s news conference. Thanks for reading.
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– Good morning, Rams fans. By now, I hope you’ve all had the chance to read the story of C Scott Wells and his wife Julie’s adoption of three Ugandan children.
– If you haven’t it’s the top story in the rotation on the front of this very website.
– Obviously, it’s a long story but I trust that you’ll find it worth reading. Still, there were a few things that didn’t get as much mention that were left over from about a half-hour conversation with the Rams new center on Sunday afternoon.
– To me, the Wells’ story is much more of a human interest piece than something about a football player trying to rehab his knee while in a foreign country. That’s why most of the story focuses on the struggles of Wells and his wife Julie (who I haven’t met but from what I gather has to be one of the most incredibly strong women out there) and not on the football side of things.
– But there are a few notes that maybe need a bit emphasis so I just wanted to clear those up here.
– First, the timeline of what the summer was like.
Wells’ knee was NOT injured before he signed with the Rams. He did not have any prior problems with the knee but some regular wear and tear finally caught up to him in his first week working with the team. That was in May.
After getting the knee checked out, Wells opted to have surgery to clean it up right away with Dr. James Andrews in Florida. It was imperative to get the wound healed before he left for Africa – which was a scheduled departure of June 13 – to help him avoid possible infection of the wound.
Upon having the surgery, the timeline for his rehab and recovery was exactly what it is right now. There was no mystery, he was not set back by traveling to Uganda. In fact, a simple knee cleanup such as the one Wells had comes with a pretty simple rehab process. He didn’t need much of a fancy gym or equipment or anything to get back to health.
When Wells arrived back in the states for training camp, he was right about where he expected to be. Coach Jeff Fisher had indicated before camp that he hoped Wells would be back midway through the preseason. He returned to full practice right after the second game, right on schedule. He played against Dallas on Saturday and he’ll play against Baltimore on Thursday. He’s going to be ready for the opener barring a major setback. All is right on schedule football wise.
– As for the secrecy of the whole situation, if it wasn’t clear in the story, the nature of the adoption process with a country such as Uganda requires a lot of secrecy. Scott and Julie Wells had been working on this for well over a year. They had already had cooperation from Green Bay in keeping it quiet and when he signed with the Rams in March, it was agreed that it would be kept quiet for those same reasons.
– Fisher let it be known to some that Wells was going through a long and difficult process and his privacy needed to be respected. The story would be told in time. He kept his word and Wells was VERY appreciative of the fact that word of what happened never leaked out. I believe it’s why he was so open and forthcoming and even excited to talk about it yesterday.
– Anyway, just wanted to touch on those points again. Yesterday was the first chance I’ve had to sit down and talk to Scott Wells since he signed in St. Louis and it’s very evident that he’s a man of integrity and outstanding character. He’s a Pro Bowl center, yes, but it’s also obvious the Rams added a Pro Bowl caliber husband, father and human being as well.
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