NFL Nation: Tyson Smith
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch revisits the Rams' upset loss to New England in the Super Bowl following the 2001 season. Four current Rams played for that St. Louis team. They reflect on what might have been, noting how the Rams' and Patriots' paths diverged after that game.
Also from Thomas: An update on Steven Jackson's condition. Jackson missed practice again.
Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at what injured players go through during the week. Jackson hopes to play Sunday despite a thigh injury.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Patriots are suffering from a Super Bowl defeat hangover.
Also from Coats: Rams defensive lineman James Hall wont' complain about switching positions. The move to defensive tackle means more playing time.
More from Coats: Former Rams backup Mark LeVoir could start at right tackle for the Patriots. That would be a good thing for Leonard Little, I'm thinking.
And this: Dick Vermeil is headed for the Rams' Ring of Honor.
VanRam of Turf Show Times takes a look at which Rams players might deserve Pro Bowl consideration. Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa comes to mind. The Rams have had trouble breaking through at the position in part because Seattle's Lofa Tatupu and Julian Peterson have locked down spots. This year could be different.
Art Thiel of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says he thinks Mike Holmgren is headed for the 49ers in 2009. Perhaps that is why Holmgren keeps using the phrase "right now" when downplaying such thoughts.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times looks at the Seahawks' window of opportunity and whether it's closing.
Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer looks at the Seahawks' utter inability to "get home" with their blitzes. This has been a problem, off and on, for years.
Also from Farnsworth: Get ready for Seneca Wallace to start another game at quarterback for Seattle.
Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune weighs the Seahawks' inability to force turnovers.
Matthew Heuett of Seahawks Addicts cites a story noting Terrence Holt's recent tryout with the Seahawks. The team routinely brings in players on Tuesdays to update its contingency lists. Side note: Justin Hamilton, David Pittman and Tyson Smith also had tryouts.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals face another East Coast test. They failed the last one miserably.
Also from Somers: Injuries at tight end are threatening to limit the Cardinals' options.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Darnell Dockett isn't complaining as much about attracting double-team blocks. A conversation with the Bears' Tommie Harris opened his eyes.
Also from Urban: The Cardinals have improved in the red zone lately.
More from Urban: Arizona leads the NFL in scoring. Carolina ranks fifth in yards allowed per game. As the headline says, something has to give.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
After talking to a couple people with the Cowboys, here's a list of the guys who I think will be cut. Coming down the stretch, cornerbacks Evan Oglesby and Alan Ball were in a dogfight for a roster spot. Still don't have a great feel for what will happen there, but a conversation last night led me to believe there was hope for Ball. But he's still getting cut on my list:
The Mosley cuts:
Todd Lowber, WR (not even "Hard Knocks" could save this talented but RAW kid.)
Danny Amendola, WR (prime practice squad candidate.)
Mark Bradford, WR (not familiar with his work.)
James Marten, G (this is the only slight surprise. Marten was a third-round draft choice in 2007.)
Adam Stenavich, G (Adam, we hardly knew ya. He was cut to make room for Larry Allen to retire as a Cowboy.)
Ryan Gibbons, C (no real need for a third-team center.)
Rodney Hannah, TE (did some really nice things late in camp. If you can keep him on the practice squad, do it. Great size and played under an excellent college coach named Art Briles.)
Drew Atchison, TE (nice effort during camp, but not enough.)
Julius Crosslin, FB (never met him.)
Alonzo Coleman, RB (flashed at times in practice and might help on practice squad.)
Keon Lattimore, RB (Ray Ray's going to be upset.)
Junior Siavii, NT (Cowboys hoping to drum up some trade interest. This guy could help someone.)
Marcus Dixon, DE (never could get on the field because of an injury.)
Darrell Robertson, LB (had his moments, but this team's OK at linebacker.)
Tyson Smith, LB (best known for getting lit up by Marion Barber on "Hard Knocks.")
Tearrius George, LB (flashed against the Vikings the other night, but a little too late.)
Erik Walden, LB (If Alan Ball and Evan Oglesby both make the team, something has to give. And even though Walden has some huge supporters at Valley Ranch, I'm afraid he'd be the guy to go.)
Dowayne Davis, SS (It's too bad because he did some serious damage during camp. And I love his name.)
A lot of people have third-team quarterback Richard Bartel getting cut, but as of this morning, he was on the 53-man roster.