Monday, September 2, 2013
Morning Ram-blings: Early Christmas?
By Nick Wagoner
The St. Louis Rams spent the exhibition season almost going out of their way to be boring in terms of planning for their four opponents. Cleveland offensive tackle Joe Thomas said the Rams just "stood around" in the teams' preseason opener.
That perfectly understandable and common approach served only to delay unveiling how this year's revamped offense is going to look to an antsy fan base. St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz wrote about what he's expecting from the many new toys for quarterback Sam Bradford and discussed with general manager Les Snead how long it might take for those pieces to come together.
As we discussed in this space yesterday, the Rams again have the youngest team in the league. They are especially green at receiver and running back, two areas that must produce in relatively short order. Coach Jeff Fisher also made mention of the fact the Rams have young players with a lot to learn before everything can click.
The first real look at how it all comes together will be Sunday when Arizona comes calling at the Edward Jones Dome. Then and only then will we have a true idea of what toys the Rams have to play with this season.
The daily rundown of our content from yesterday: First, I pondered some potential practice-squad additions, and later the Rams confirmed the eight players signed to it. ... I also took a look at how the roster stands after the cut to 53 on offense and defense/special teams.
The Lions released former Rams linebacker Rocky McIntosh to make room for safety DeJon Gomes, whom they claimed off waivers. McIntosh signed with Detroit about two weeks ago after spending 2012 in St. Louis. The Rams did not bring him back in free agency, and further separated themselves from him when they drafted Alec Ogletree at No. 30 in April's draft. As of Sunday night, the Rams had six linebackers on the roster, four of whom are rookies. Fisher has made it clear in the past he prefers to develop young players rather than stick with older veterans when those players are backups. That would seem to make it unlikely that a reunion with McIntosh could be in the offing, but bringing in a veteran linebacker until Jo-Lonn Dunbar returns is still something to consider.
Al.com took a look at undrafted rookie Daren Bates, who made the Rams' 53-man roster despite getting just one offer (from the Rams) after the draft and after he lost weight to try out at safety and had to gain it back to play linebacker in St. Louis. I'll have more on Bates and some of his undrafted brethren this week, but he figures to be one of the team's core special-teams players this season.