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On Rok Watkins' demise with the Rams

7/24/2013

2012 NFC West Fifth-Round Picks

News that the St. Louis Rams planned to release guard Rok Watkins suggests the 2012 fifth-round pick failed to hold up his end of a bargain with his head coach.

In May, Jeff Fisher had strongly disagreed with the NFL's decision to levy a one-game suspension against Watkins under the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Fisher had Watkins' back. The Rams thought Watkins had a future with the team. But Watkins, who reported to camp out of shape in 2012, needed to keep his weight in check to maintain his standing with the team. Releasing Watkins just as players are reporting for training camp invites questions about Watkins' reporting weight.

Watkins was a candidate to start at left guard, but the team wasn't betting big on him. Shelly Smith and Chris Williams remain leading candidates to start at that position.

None of the NFC West's fifth-round picks from 2012 has produced much to this point. The other three remain on their teams' 90-man rosters.