NFC West: Gerald Ford

Around the NFC West: Rams seek depth

September, 1, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams expect newly signed cornerback Ricky Manning to contribute right away. The team needed corner help after rookie Justin King landed on injured reserve. Manning's arrival precipitated the release of safety Eric Bassey, as expected.

The Rams have also agreed to terms with linebacker Gary Stills, who will help on special teams. Stills was a special-teams standout for the Ravens. The team cut him even though new head coach John Harbaugh has a special-teams background.

St. Louis lacks depth. Manning and Stills provide both. Safety Brannon Condren, claimed off waivers from Indianapolis, also helps with depth and special teams.

Elsewhere in the division this afternoon ...

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee is happy to have an English major at quarterback for the 49ers. J.T. O'Sullivan can apparently diagram plays and sentences. He is also keeping open his options (as opposed to keeping his options open). O'Sullivan, signed to a one-year deal, continues to live in a hotel.

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers also appreciates O'Sullivan's attention to language. Maiocco: "You're an English major?" O'Sullivan: "Was. Yeah, I graduated."

Dan Brown of 49ers Hot Read has information on the latest practice-squad signings, plus a note on guard Joe Toledo, whose Secret Service father protected former president Gerald Ford from 2002 to 2004.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says Matt Leinart handled his demotion professionally. Tulumello also sees outstanding depth at the position given Brian St. Pierre's strong camp.

Chrissy Mauck of 49ers.com says recently signed linebacker Ahmad Brooks was surprised when the Bengals cut him. Brooks is wearing No. 55.

Note: The Seahawks are practicing this afternoon. We hope to make sense of their injury situation as the week progresses. Deion Branch's health is one key issue.

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