Time For A (Real) Move

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 20: Running back Derrick Ward #28 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rushes against Aaron Curry #59 and Darryl Tapp #55 of the Seattle Seahawks on December 20, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Buccaneers defeated the Seahawks 24-7. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

As I said yesterday, the Rams made a minor move in trading Hall Davis (who was cut today by the Redskins, by the way) in exchange for Dennis Morris. Now, the opportunity has risen for the front office to step up and make a move that will actually help this team. Running back Derrick Ward was released by the Tampa Bay Bucs today, and there is no reason he should not be a member of the Rams this season. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that Ward is a phenomenal running back or anything, but he is far and away better than anyone we have on this roster to back up Steven Jackson. I have been saying it for months, but we desperately need a backup at the position, and I think Ward is a perfect fit. He has been productive as a backup in his career, and he played with Coach Spags with the Giants a few years ago ( we know how Spags loves “his guys”).

There have already been rumors that the Rams are interested, and we are to a point right now where I will be disappointed if they don’t seal the deal. I can’t imagine the team will go into the regular season without making an addition at the position, and I don’t see any reason to wait and take a chance that a better player gets cut. Ward is the fit, so let’s all hold our collective breaths.

Final Preseason Game Preview

Normally I would make this a separate post, but the final preseason game doesn’t tell us much except who will occupy the final spots on the roster. Here are some battles to watch tonight.

1. Third Quarterback- This thing has really developed into one of the best battles in camp, which is funny because it’s for a position that essentially means nothing to the success of the team. Keith Null and Thaddeus Lewis have both been impressive in the preseason, and tonight’s game could very well determine which players stays and which goes.

2. Wide Receiver- This battle became a little less interesting after the injury to Donnie Avery, but it’s still worth watching. It’s safe to say that Laurent Robinson, Mardy Gilyard, and Danny Amendola are in, and I’d say Brandon Gibson and Keenan Burton have a good chance to be in as well. As far as Danario Alexander goes, I would expect him to be a practice squad guy for at least the start of the season.

3. Defensive End- George Selvie and Eugene Sims are both back as far as I know, and I would expect to see plenty of both players tonight. It remains to be seen how much their respective injuries hurt them, but strong performances tonight would go a long way in securing spots.

Topics: Brandon Gibson, Danario Alexander, Danny Amendola, Dennis Morris, Derrick Ward, Donnie Avery, Eugene Sims, George Selvie, Hall Davis, Keenan Burton, Keith Null, Laurent Robinson, Mardy Gilyard, New York Giants, NFL, Preseason, Preview, St. Louis Rams, Steve Spagnuolo, Steven Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thaddeus Lewis, Washington Redskins

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  • Betty White

    Betty White here. I agree with your comment a week ago about fells having to watch out. I think he’s gone unless he just goes crazy tonight. I’ll also agree with your WR analysis even tho I would much rather just keep alexander on the team and drop burton or put alexander on IR, that way there is no risk of losing him (if there is any risk out there at the moment). I was listening to 101 espn and Demarco said taht he would not sign ward because he’s out of shape and supposedly they are good friends. Even tho I will agree Ward is an upgrade and i would love to have him as a #2.

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