My stay-cation is officially over and now we’re back to football – not just reality football but also fake football. For those of you who are addicted to fantasy football here’s a handy dandy article on why you should use Twitter as a tool. Chet also includes suggestions and links to must-follow Twits. Trust me, Chet knows.
Okay, onto to Rams news.
Rams Finish Prep For Dallas
- On the field, the Rams welcomed DE Vernon Gholston, who signed on Wednesday evening. Gholston is wearing No. 70 and working with the defensive line for those wondering if he’s playing DL or LB.
- One quick note on DE Andre Carter, who also visited the Rams on Wednesday. Carter has a longstanding relationship with Rams DL coach Mike Waufle and though his workout apparently went OK, he’s just not quite fully recovered from his torn quadriceps injury. It should also be noted that if you sign a vet of Carter’s experience and he’s on the roster in the first week, his salary is fully guaranteed.
The Rams have been counting their injury blessings as they haven’t been hit by any major bugs but it’s the seemingly minor-ish wounds that have taken over the D-line.
- On the injury front, the Rams were without the following players on Thursday: DE Eugene Sims, DE Jamaar Jarrett, DT Darell Scott, WR Danario Alexander, DT Trevor Laws, S Craig Dahl, S Darian Stewart and WR Brandon Gibson. … Read more at STLouisRams.com >>>>
Things are not looking good for fan favorite Danario Alexander. He’s probably spent more than 80 percent of this training camp playing catch on the sidelines. People will be disappointed but I just can’t see him making the final 53-man roster. Could it be that he’s suffering from Laurent Robinson syndrome? Maybe it will be in his best interest to leave St. Louis and find a team willing to give him a chance. Not much luck for him in the Lou.
DT Scott ‘scoped; DE Sims’ ankle not as bad as feared
Rams defensive tackle Darell Scott, who hasn’t been at practice the past couple of days, has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery, and will miss the rest of the preseason and most likely beyond. Scott, a fourth-round draft pick by the Rams out of Clemson in 2009, was facing an uphill battle to make the team prior to the injury, with Jermelle Cudjo and Matt Conrath having a good hold on the backup jobs behind starters Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford. … Read more at STLToday.com >>>>
Okay, so a scope isn’t minor but it could be worse. The nice thing is that Cudjo and Conrath have been stepping it up and both played well for the part in the game against the Chiefs. They will get a real test come Saturday night when they go to Jerry World to face the Cowboys though.
Rams showing their personality
So here we are a year later, with a new coaching staff and front office in place at Rams Park and while it might be a bit premature to definitively determine just how good Fisher’s Rams might be in 2012, his first preseason here has provided more than enough opportunity to envision just how bad his players want to be.
Bad, as in nasty. Bad, as in the toughest guys on the block. Bad, as in hard-nosed, full of swagger, and definitely, definitely without a smidgen of finesse. … Read more at STLToday.com >>>>
Last season the face of the franchise was still Steven Jackson and Sam Bradford as a secondary after thought. This year will most likely start out that way. The Rams defense is starting to get some national love and attention with the additions of Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins so we’ll see if the tide will turn that way.
It may take half a season for us to see if indeed the Four Pillars have officially fallen – but in a good way. This I know for certain, the atmosphere at Rams Park is different. It’s lighter and more confident. And a change from the last few years is a very good thing.