Morning Ram-blings: Revisiting Incognito

August, 31, 2013
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It's been nearly four years since Richie Incognito last appeared in a game in a St. Louis Rams uniform.

The Rams took a shot on the talented but notoriously hot-headed offensive lineman in the third round of the 2005 NFL draft. I remember coach Mike Martz commenting at the time that Incognito had the physical skills to be an All-Pro at any position on the offensive line. Talent was never the issue when it comes to Incognito.

Incognito's biggest enemy has long been the man facing him in the mirror, an insight that NFL.com's Jeff Darlington delved deeper into Friday afternoon. There are no shocking declarations in the piece, but Incognito bares his soul and comes clean on a number of issues that many suspected but were never confirmed.

For example, Incognito says he spent most of the 2007 season partying every night, drinking and taking drugs when he was supposed to be rehabilitating an ankle injury. He'd regularly argue with teammates and coaches.

"I mean, we'd have practice the next morning, and I'm out until all hours of the night, running the town," Incognito says in the piece. "Drinking. Doing drugs. I was doing everything that a professional athlete should not be doing."

In his time in St. Louis, Incognito was always good to the media, if not a bit immature. Next week, he'll enter his ninth season in the league and fourth with the Miami Dolphins, and he seems to have turned things for the better. It's too bad for the Rams that Incognito's awakening didn't come sooner.

Elsewhere:

We took a look at the snap counts of the Rams' draft class and a handful of undrafted youngsters in this week's rookie review. ... We also took one final look at the preseason finale and what we learned in that game, including the work of quarterback Kellen Clemens in helping earn a possible backup job. ... From there, I made my final predictions for the initial 53-man roster. ... And finally, I took a look at where the Rams go from here leading into next week.

Rams defensive end Chris Long didn't take kindly to the highlight clip of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney having North Carolina offensive tackle Kiaro Holts dive at his knees. Long has never been one to hold back his opinions, and he offered some strong ones in support of his fellow defensive end.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz pulled no punches on the NFL's concussion-lawsuit settlement in his blog. His verdict? A definitive win for the league.

CBSSports.com previewed the Rams with a quick summary of the team on both sides of the ball.

Nick Wagoner

ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter

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