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News » St. Louis Rams Strategy and Personnel 2009-01-06


St. Louis Rams Strategy and Personnel 2009-01-06


St. Louis Rams Strategy and Personnel 2009-01-06
The Rams signed four players to their 2009 roster that were on the practice squad as the season ended. Signed were receivers Joel Filani, Travis Brown and Nate Jones, along with nose tackle Willie Williams.


COACHING CAROUSEL: General manager Billy Devaney has started his search for a head coach and hopes to have a coach hired and a staff in place by the time the Senior Bowl is played on Jan. 24.

FREE AGENT UPDATE: Among the 15 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, the most important are cornerback Ron Bartell and free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe. Guard Richie Incognito and defensive end Victor Adeyanju are restricted free agents, but whether Incognito is back could depend on who is hired as head coach.

FEELING A DRAFT: For the second straight year, the Rams will select with the second pick in the draft. It appears at this early stage that a tackle such as Eugene Monroe or Jason Smith, or even linebacker Aaron Curry could be potential selections.

TEAM NEEDS

Tackle: With Orlando Pace another year older and Alex Barron entering the final year of his contract, tackle will be a top priority for the Rams. Had Jake Long not gone to Miami with the first choice last April, he likely would have been the Rams' choice.

Middle linebacker: Will Witherspoon would be better utilized on the outside, so someone to man the middle is needed.

Running back: It's not a huge need with Steven Jackson the starter, but having someone to better fill the bill to share the load would make any absences more able to be overcome.

MEDICAL WATCH: TE Anthony Becht will have offseason surgery on his elbow and tight end Joe Klopfenstein will have wrist surgery.



Author:Fox Sports
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Added: January 6, 2009

Ron Bartell Name: Ron Bartell
#24
Position: DB
Age: 26
Experience: 4 years
College: Howard
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