2009 St. Louis Rams

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  1. Leonardfan

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    Here is a list of all the white athletes that have made the 2009 St. Louis Rams

    QB
    Marc Bulger
    Kyle Boller
    Keith Null

    RB/FB
    Mike Karney

    WR
    none

    TE
    Billy Bajema

    G
    John Greco
    Richie Incognito

    C
    Mark Setterstrom

    OT

    DL
    Chris Long
    Gary Gibson

    LB
    James Laurinaitis
    David Vobora
    Chris Chamberlain

    DB
    Craig Dahl

    P
    Donnie Jones

    K
    Josh Brown

    LS
    Chris Massey
     
  2. chris371

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    What happened to Carriker?
     
  3. Leonardfan

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    He is on IR
     
  4. Taco

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    Well done Craig Dahl
     
  5. backrow

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    Rams released Chris draft making David Vobora, mr irrelevant 2008 a starter, at least for now!
     
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    word is they are waiting for a black undrafted LBer they got of the niners David grant ?? to come back form injury to start at the SLB spot
     
  7. backrow

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    Rams just did a first smart thing this season:

    from rotoworld:

    Rams signed WR Danny Amendola.

    The annual training camp stud is going to get a look with the Rams in the slot. He was never going to be active with the Eagles because of their depth at receiver, but he could find himself competing for snaps in St. Louis' thin receiving corps.
    Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter
     
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    If Amendola is ever going to be given an opportunity this should be it.
     
  9. backrow

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    they released Derek Stanley, so Danny might be returning kicks as well.
     
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    Great news for Amendola, who came close to making Cowboys roster last year. I hope he does well for St Louis. Love to hear about undrafted white players making rosters. A useful reminder for us when the annual draft horror show gets under way, is that at least some white athletes will still somehow make it even though they aren't drafted. Also shows that being on a practice squad is a potential indicator that you might be the "next man up".
     
  11. Colonel_Reb

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    I hope Danny gets some PT in St. Louis. If he does, I might actually have a reason to watch them for the first time in two years.
     
  12. White Shogun

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    They need help at WR. It seems evident already that Avery isn't good enough to be a true #1.
     
  13. backrow

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    rotoworld reports that Danny will already be their primary returner, even though they just only signed him. here's a link to the article.

    they also envision him as a slot receiver, we might have another WW in making!

    here's another article about Danny.

    New Rams receiver may be returning kicks soon
    Signed from Eagles' practice squad

    ST. LOUIS -- Being a return specialist who also happens to be Italian and who last played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Danny Amendola has heard the comparisons to Vince Papale, the subject of the movie, "Invinceable.''

    "They used to joke about it,'' Amendola said. "It doesn't help that I'm a short little white guy, too.''

    The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Amendola (pronounced ah-men-DOLE-uh) was signed by the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday.

    Amendola said he's seen "Invinceable,'' but he never met Papale, a 30-year-old bartender who was signed by the Eagles after attending an open tryout held by coach Dick Vermeil in the summer of 1976.

    "It's good movie,'' Amendola said. "I don't work in a bar, though.''

    Amendola could be returning kickoffs and punts in the team's home opener against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.

    "It just depends on how quickly we can get him oiled up,'' Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said.

    The Rams released wide receiver-return specialist Derek Stanley to make room on their roster for Amendola.

    The Rams have been searching for somebody to spark their return game for a long time. They haven't had a top-caliber return man since Tony Horne filled that role from the 1998 through 2000 seasons.

    Since 2001, the Rams have only two punt returns and one kickoff return for touchdowns.

    The Rams have tried three players -- Donnie Avery, Kenneth Darby and Samkon Gado -- on kickoff returns already this season.

    Avery fumbled on the opening kickoff of the Rams' season opener against the Seattle Seahawks, while Darby failed to get back to the St. Louis 20 on two of his returns against the Washington Redskins last Sunday.

    Spagnuolo said ball security is his top priority for his returners.

    "I think we can all stand here and say the first thing to do is secure the football,'' Spagnuolo said. "We want to make the catch. We want to try to catch them all on punt. We want to try to catch them all on kickoff. That's the first thing. And the guy secures the ball and whatever they can give us after that is a bonus.''

    Amendola has also been compared to New England Patriots wide receiver-punt returner Wes Welker.

    Both Amendola and Welker attended Texas Tech.

    "He came from Texas Tech, too, so I watched tape of him in college,'' Amendola said. "I've tried to emulate a little bit of my game after his. He's a good player. He has been successful in this league. He went to the Pro Bowl last year. One day, I'm going to try to get to where he is.''

    Amendola was an accomplished receiver at Texas Tech, catching 204 passes for 2,246 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career.

    As a senior, Amendola caught 109 passes for 1,245 yards and six touchdowns, despite being overshadowed by teammate Michael Crabtree.

    "He has got some juice to him,'' Rams quarterback Marc Bulger said of Amendola's receiving ability. "Littler guy, but he's quick and he was in there with the (starters) on a couple plays today, and he made a big play. I think he will help us immediately. I don't think he is going to be a guy who we are going to have sitting around.''

    Amendola also returned 116 punts for 1,283 yards -- an average of 11.06 yards per season -- to rank third all-time in Texas Tech history in punt returns and yardage behind Welker and Tyrone Thurman.

    Despite his collegiate success, Amendola went undrafted after running the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds at the NFL Combine.

    "I'm not the biggest, the fastest or strongest guy, like the NFL is looking for, but I'm going to make some plays,'' Amendola said. "I feel like I'm a good football player. I feel like I can play in this league.''

    Amendola was signed by the Dallas Cowboys, and he spent the entire 2008 season on their practice squad. He was signed to the Eagles' practice squad during the playoffs last January.

    Amendola was released by Eagles at the end of the preseason.

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  14. celticdb15

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    Backrow beat me to it!
     
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    The Rams are terrible and in desperate need of help. Amendola hopefully can star in kickoff returns and catch some passes too. The Rams have scored a total of 7 points so far this season in two games! Finally someone is doing something smart.
     
  16. Leonardfan

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    One of their WRs...I think Donnie Avery made many drops against the redskins last week.
     
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    from rotoworld:

    Rams SS James Butler is out at least two weeks with a knee sprain.

    Butler piled up 12 stops and picked off a pass in the Rams' first two games, but was a liability in coverage. Anthony Smith is an option to replace him.
    Source: Associated Press
    Related: Anthony Smith

    no mention of Craig Dahl who (according to St. Louis Post):
    S Craig Dahl, who missed the first two games with a hamstring injury, stepped in nicely after James Butler was hurt. Dahl was credited with a team-high seven tackles.

    i hate rotoworld sometimes, there's a few fair-ish writers but most of them buy into black dominanace like there's no tomorrow.
     
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    Some good news:

    James Bulter may be out up to 4 weeks. Craig Dahl will be starting this week and hopefully can play well enough to demand playing time. As a Giants fan, I've seen Bulter play alot and he is nothing special.

    Laurent Robinson, who has been the go-to receiver for the Rams, was placed on IR this week. That leaves under-performing Donnie Avery and a bunch of scrubs. The Rams team report said Danny Amendola was taking the bulk of the slot receiver snaps with the 1st team this week.
     
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    Laurent Robinson, the Ram's best WR, is on IR. The two starters for Sunday's game, Donnie Avery and Keenan Burton, are currently both listed as questionable. The only other receivers on the team are Danny Amendola and the thoroughly forgettable Ruvell Martin and Nate Jones. Maybe Danny will be in for significant playing time against the Vikings.
     
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    Rams starting DT Gary Gibson was placed on IR after breaking a bone in his leg during Sunday's game.
     
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    From Rotoworld: "Amendola, the club's primary return man, also averaged 31.3 yards on four kick returns and gained 11 yards on one punt return. The club's season may be essentially over but Amendola, who the club grabbed off Philadelphia's practice squad four weeks ago, looks like the real thing and should hold the job for years to come."
     
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    Glad hes carving himself out a home!! Hopefully he can become more lethal in the slot in the upcoming years!!
     
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    The Rams have had a revolving door of wide receiversall season long. Since they already have Amendola I guess it's asking too much for them to sign Matt Jones or Mike Hass. But who do they sign but Jordan Kent, the obligatory "freakish athlete" who along with Hass didn't make the Seahawks regular season roster. "Freakish athlete" often actually means "unsalvageable project." From Rotoworld:

    Rams signed WR Jordan Kent, formerly of the Seahawks. A freakish athlete with raw receiving skills, Kent has experience in a West Coast offense from his time with Mike Holmgren. He's long shot for fantasy value, but Dynasty leaguers should monitor his progress with the Rams.
     
  25. Don Wassall

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    The announced attendance at the Rams game yesterday was just 47,475, the lowest since the team relocated in St. Louis from L.A. 15 years ago. According to AP, the stadium was "half-filled at best."
    There will likely be a shocking amount of empty seats at some of the final home games ofthe many bad teams, especially when they play each other.
     

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