Rams receiver dabbles on defense
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The Rams entered today with 34 defensive players, tied for the league low, but we might need to adjust those numbers after receiver Derek Stanley worked in the secondary today. As coach Scott Linehan explained when reporters asked about it after practice:
"First of all we are not moving Stanley to defense. I wanted him to get some work at it. The whole idea is that these rosters are tricky as you know; some teams have some guys that are probably working both ways. Derek is such a great athlete and has played the position before. It is something that I wanted to look at because you get into the game and your guy goes down here and guy goes down there, you still need to have insurance. Somebody can play offense and maybe a little defense and of course be a special-teams player, a big contributor to special teams is of more value. I told him that, 'I just wanted to take a look at you, we are probably more healthier at wide receiver than we are at DB."
Receivers usually get work on defense only after their quarterbacks toss interceptions. The Rams justify carrying 12 receivers, a league high, by having some perform additional duties. Dante Hall has been primarily a return specialist (the Rams are talking about getting him more involved in the offense).
While at Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2005, Stanley finished with 25 tackles, five pass breakups, one interception and one sack. He also started 15 games at receiver, making 52 receptions (source: Pro Football Weekly 2007 Draft Preview by Nolan Nawrocki).