Friday, July 4, 2014
Get to know a rookie: Abasi Salimu
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- We have officially reached the closest thing to a dead period the NFL has to offer these days as organized team activities are over and training camp has not yet arrived.
That means vacation time for the players, coaches and, yes, reporters. In the meantime, let’s get to know some of the lesser-known additions to the St. Louis Rams' roster: the rookie free agents.
Position: Offensive tackle
College: Nicholls State
Weight: 310 pounds
Stat to know: Salimu was a two-season starter at left tackle for Nicholls State after transferring over from San Jose State, where he spent his first three seasons. Earned Southland Conference honorable mention honors in 2012 and second-team honors as a senior in 2013. He played in all 24 games in his two seasons for the Colonels.
Road to the roster: Of the many spots that need sorting out on the roster, the offensive line is one of the most crowded. There are plenty of players on the roster who are probably safe in their spots and a couple of positions that could be coin flips between two or three players. The Rams have a penchant for keeping more linemen than other teams, and they could do so again but it's going to be tough for Salimu to be one of them. He projects as a tackle with some versatility to play guard, but he is going to have to beat out a long list of people to make it. The chances of that happening are slim, but he would do well to show enough to land a spot on the practice squad where line coach Paul Boudreau likes to stash prospects with potential.