Jun 6, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker (6) throws a rope during organized team activities at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Ramblin' Fans' "Humpday" Morning Links: Pettis Pushing, Hekker "Injury," And Spikes Sightings

 

Happy Wednesday everyone, the magical day of the week where the dreary Monday is in the rearview mirror and the weekend is in plain sight. Between the brawling baseball game and the San Antonio Spurs’ blowout last night, it is unlikely you will find any airtime dedicated to the NFL this morning. So, we decided to ease you into the second half of the week with some of the best Rams’ content from the past couple of days…

 

Pettis Pushing for Bigger Role

It seems like just yesterday that some idiot discounted Austin Pettis in the battle for a top receiver spot. *cough* Nick Wagoner is now reporting that Pettis has been one of the most impressive players of the OTAs, especially in the red zone. This might have prompted this Tweet last night…

 

Takeo Spikes sighting at Rams Park

There actually was some Rams’ related buzz last night, all circulating around the apparent arrival of veteran linebacker Takeo Spikes at Rams Park. Spikes is a two-time All-Pro, that was taken 13th overall in the 1998 draft. He would instantly add a veteran presence to a relatively young linebacker corps. Spikes would also be the first true veteran that James Laurinaitis could learn from, having recorded at least 96 tackles in all nine season where he has started all 16 games. He has experience as both a 4-3 middle linebacker and 3-4 inside linebacker, which could also add some versatility to the defense. Imagine throwing a 3-4 base into the mix on a handful of plays each game… Hayes, Brockers, and Long on the line, and Dunbar, Laurinaitis, Spikes, and Ogletree in the second level. #Scary

 

Jim Harbaugh: I’ve noticed Seahawks’ PED issues

This isn’t directly linked to the Rams, but it a meaningful scrum between NFC West competition. Neither Harbaugh Brother is high on my “most liked coaches” list, but then again, neither is Pete Carroll. However, got to love a coach that will call “BS” when they see it…

 

Tavon Austin dazzles in St. Louis Rams practice

Apparently Pettis isn’t the only Rams’ receiver “dazzling” the coaches on the field. In fact, Tavon Austin is also impressing the players, especially those attempting to tackle him. If you follow Johnny Hekker on Twitter, you know that he is not shy, by any stretch of the imagination. Just click the link and find out what happened…

 

 Rams Mt. Rushmore candidates stretch from L.A. to St. Louis

While the St. Louis Rams are fairly young in the grander context of the league, the “Rams” franchise is one that precedes nearly all others. So naturally, the Mt. Rushmore candidates for the organization are littered with first-ballot Hall-of-Famers, and players that literally changed the game of football. Makes you wonder who would be on the St. Louis Rams Mt. Rushmore… Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt, Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, Steven Jackson, Orlando Pace, Aeneas Williams, Jeff Wilkins…? Tough call!

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