NFC West: Kellen Heard

Around the NFC West: Moss' humble roots

November, 15, 2012

A couple items stand out this morning as ones to address off the top:
  • Matt Maiocco of traveled to Randy Moss' hometown of Rand, W. Va., to profile the San Francisco 49ers' receiver. The first part of his report includes video featuring interviews with Moss and one of the receiver's longtime friends. Moss grew up hanging around a 7-Eleven known to locals as "Rand University" because most figured they would never get any further than the lot on which the convenience store stood, and still stands. Moss: "Really, all I'm saying is, we did a lot of gambling, there was a lot of drug activity, there was a lot of things going on at 7-Eleven. And if you come to Rand, W. Va., that's really all we can stand on is a 7-Eleven. I mean, you name it, it's probably been done on that lot." Moss' friend said the area has improved quite a bit since then.
  • Meanwhile, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has details on why Rams coach Jeff Fisher punished rookies Janoris Jenkins and Chris Givens by preventing them from playing against the 49ers in Week 10. He cites sources saying Jenkins, Givens and defensive linemen Kellen Heard either missed curfew or showed up late to a meeting after a night of partying. Heard was released from the team. Jenkins and Givens, as promising draft choices, will get another chance. Both have resumed practicing with the team. Both are expected to play against the New York Jets.

I'll be back in a bit with a piece tying up loose ends from the Rams-49ers game.

2012 Rams defensive snaps: Weeks 1-5

October, 13, 2012
A periodic look at which players are playing and when, starting with the St. Louis Rams' defense:
Undrafted rookies Matt Daniels and Rodney McLeod are the St. Louis Rams' backup safeties heading into a Week 1 matchup against Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions.

The team listed Darian Stewart among its inactive players Sunday.

Stewart, who battled Craig Dahl through camp for the starting job at strong safety, was not listed on the Rams' injury report. The Rams were not required to list Stewart on their report because Stewart was able to practice without limitation during the week. A hamstring injury that had bothered him recently flared up Sunday.

Dahl and Quintin Mikell are the starters.

The Rams are also thin at defensive tackle. They named Michael Brockers, Darell Scott and Matt Conrath inactive. None practiced during the week. All are suffering from injuries.

Kendall Langford, Kellen Heard and Jermelle Cudjo are the active defensive tackles for St. Louis.