Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rams Sign RB Jerious Norwood

Tuesday the St. Louis Rams signed five year veteran running back Jerious Norwood to a one year deal. Norwood was a 3rd round selection in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons and has played his whole career to date with the Falcons. The Rams FINALLY have a serious threat at running back behind Steven Jackson. The Rams have once again picked up a player that has had a major injury as Norwood is coming off a torn right ACL which ended his 2010 season before it even got started. On the plus side Norwood is a burner with a ton of potential and not a lot of miles on his 28 year old body. In five years Norwood has 375 attempts for 1995 total yards and a 5.3 yard average and 7 touchdowns. Jerious also has nice hands and has been decent out of the backfield with 96 receptions for 912 yards and 3 touchdowns during his career. Norwood can also return kicks and has a 25.5-yard career average on kickoff returns. I think people have forgotten how good Norwood is. In two seasons at Mississippi State Norwood rushed for over 1000 yards both season. In addition Norwood has sub 4.4 speed and has averaged over 5 yards a carry for his pro career. After the 2008 season I recall a lot of teams thinking of prying Norwood away from the Falcons. We may look back at this being the Rams best free agent pickup of the summer.

By Stlvinnie - http://www.stlouisramfan.com

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