Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
St. Louis Rams Have Signed James Laurinaitis
St. Louis Rams Cut Four Players
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Banner Contest Voting
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
2009 St. Louis Rams Training Camp Schedule
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Alex Barron To Play Left Tackle
During OTAs Alex Barron played left tackle with the first unit while Jason Smith the number 2 pick in the 2009 draft was playing with the second unit at right tackle. Barron is in the last year of his contract and the Rams seem determine to see if they may want to sign him long term. it would be nice to make these decisions without effecting the status and playing location of Jason Smith. Left tackle is the position that Barron played while at Florida State however the Rams drafted him and placed him immediately at right tackle. The Rams have played quiet a few players out of position over the last few years and it does not work well. Now that super genius Scott Linehan is no longer driving this bus I hoped some things would change. Jason Smith should start at left tackle and Barron can show us if he is good enough to play right tackle in the future for the rams, or we can turn the job over to Adam Goldberg. After going 2-14 spending 50+ million on a draft pick to play right tackle does not make a lot of sense.
With the salary cap era no one wants to hear the term rebuilding but the St. Louis Rams are still rebuilding don't fool yourself. This team is considered to have one of the worst receiving cores on paper. In addition the Rams are still lacking depth and potential starters at linebacker and in the secondary.
St. Louis Rams Day 1 Recap
Day one of the 2009 NFL Draft saw the St. Louis Rams play it safe, and have a nice day. What became abundantly apparent in 2008 was that Billy Devaney and the St. Louis Rams are all about character. The selection of Chris Long and Donnie Avery made that crystal clear.
Heading into Saturday the Rams had several players they liked at #2, and there was a possibility that they could trade down. No trades were made and the Rams selected Jason Smith, OT Baylor. Jason Smith is a 6'5", 310 pound monster tackle that the Rams can plug right into the lineup. With the offseason pick up of Jason Brown, the offensive line should be ready to role in 2009. Steven Jackson should have a big smile on his face today. As Day1 went on some surprises were taken and it started to look like one of the top rated linebackers may come our way. When both the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots passed on the top rated inside linebackers Rey Maualuga and James Laurinaitis it was the Rams turn. The Rams selected James Laurinaitis from Ohio State. This fills a huge hole the Rams have had since losing London Fletcher. The selection of Laurinaitis allows the Rams to move Will Witherspoon back to the outside.
I was very pleased with the Rams two selections on Day 1 of the 2009 NFL Draft. Jason Smith was rated as the top offensive tackle on most boards, and James Laurinaitis was rated as the top inside linebacker on a lot of boards. These were the two biggest needs for the Rams, and they filled both on day one. I look for the Rams to pick up secondary help, a backup running back and possibly a WR on Day 2.