Just one day away from the Rams last preseason game and two days before the drastic roster cuts to get to that 53-man limit. This makes it a very critical game for many players on the bubble fighting for their NFL careers.
The Rams have already bid 15 players auf Wiedersehen on Monday as well as a fond farewell to the embattled right tackle Jason Smith. As previously reported the Jets and Rams more or less swapped struggling right tackles.
In fact, they were so fond of Smith that they picked up the $1.55 million dollar difference between Smith’s contract and Wayne Hunter‘s contract according to Howard Balzer. Hunter is due $2.45 million in 2012 so basically the Rams fave Smith a parting gift to part ways with the 2009 first round pick
Although Hunter knows the offense already Rams general manager Les Snead said that he would not be playing in the game against the Ravens. He’s “not quite ready.”
Coach Fisher also had this to say about the trade:
We’ve been talking to the Jets for a week or so. Things started to pick up and we just felt like it was a good deal for both teams and probably a better deal for both players – just a fresh start. So we went ahead and were able to put it together yesterday.
Spin it however you want it but the Rams just didn’t see Jason Smith working out and did what they had to do. I guess that’s just the nature of the business. Yes, it’s a game but first and foremost it’s about the bottom line – winning games. (Okay, and money but I was just trying to be idealistic.)
So what can we expect in week 4 of the preseason? Coach Fisher is a bit unorthodox in the sense that he had his starters play while most teams scale way back.
In general, yes, a little bit more. Possibly even through halftime in the first series of the third quarter.
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