Around the NFC West: Rams' camp looks tough

July, 21, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo has not cut back on two-a-day practices despite an apparent league-wide trend in that direction. We'll see if the heat and humidity at Rams Park leads to any concessions. Spagnuolo wants to toughen up the Rams without wearing them out.

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says the Rams will open 32 practices at training camp. Wagoner: "Two a days for the entire team will begin on Aug. 1 with the first practice from 8:15-10:30 a.m. and the second from 2:45-4:25. For most of the rest of camp, the team will follow that format for the majority practices."

David Fucillo of Niners Nation considers the best quarterbacks in 49ers history. Joe Montana and Steve Young weren't the only ones. John Brodie and Y.A. Tittle weren't bad, either.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Michael Crabtree could receive roughly $15 million in guaranteed money as part of his rookie contract.

Scott Kegley of 49ers.com passes along a few jersey number updates. Reggie Smith gets No. 30, Terrail Lambert gets No. 41 and Dre Bly gets No. 31.

John Morgan of Field Gulls revisits Jordan Babineaux's 2008 season for the Seahawks. Morgan: "Babineaux has carved out a nice little career for himself despite few tangible skills. He's fiery, versatile, a playmaker and I once referred to him as a 'gamer.' As a dime defender, Babineaux finally punched his weight as a cornerback, but Seattle doesn't need to spend $1 million annually to shut down Dexter Jackson, Dane Looker, James Thrash and Brad Smith."

Also from Morgan: A look at the injury situation at defensive tackle for Seattle. Red Bryant and Cory Redding are coming off injuries.

More from Morgan: Which Seahawks player will create the most buzz during preseason? The next Justin Forsett, in other words.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times cedes the floor to Doug Farrar for analysis on the injuries the Seahawks suffered last season. The key issue is to what degree some of those injuries might linger or recur.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune thinks the Seahawks should find ways to use Seneca Wallace even if Matt Hasselbeck is healthy. That seems very likely given the apparently flexibility of the new staff.

Brian Baldinger of NFL Network checks in with the Seahawks' receivers for a video spot on the "art" of playing the position.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks have expanded their partnership with the Washington State Lottery by developing a scratch game. Williams: "The Seahawks already had a business partnership with the state lottery in place, allowing the state agency to advertise at venues like Qwest Field, so the deal is seen as the next step in the partnership between the two sides, said league spokesperson Brian McCarthy."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic quotes Levi Jones' agent as saying the former Bengals tackle wants more money from Arizona than the Cardinals have offered. Somers: "The Cardinals are one of about a dozen teams to express interest in Jones, [agent Kenny] Zuckerman said. But Jones likely won't sign with a club until after the start of camp. If tackles are lost to injury, Zuckerman is convinced Jones' value will increase."

Also from Somers: Arizona has not signed its top two draft choices, and it's not a big deal.

Azcardinals.com has the Cardinals' media guide online and available for download.
 

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