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Saturday, April 24, 2010
Is Hoomanawanui the next Manumaleuna?

By Mike Sando

The St. Louis Rams' newest tight end, Michael Hoomanawanui, does share a few traits -- besides long last names -- with former Rams tight end Brandon Manumaleuna.

Both have good size.

Hoomanawanui, a 264-pounder from Illinois, impressed scouts with his receiving ability. He's not a burner, but could give rookie quarterback Sam Bradford a big, reliable target.

The Rams certainly needed a tight end. Hoomanawanui fills a need.

Can he play?

The Rams should find out rather quickly. Their lack of quality depth at the position should clear the way for Hoomanawanui to get significant reps through the summer.