Tomorrow at 8:00 PM ET, the NFL season officially begins, when the St. Louis Rams take on the Cleveland Browns in their preseason opener. This week has been jam-packed with content, especially with ESPN’s hiring of Nick Wagoner to the NFC West blog on their site. No sense wasting more time on this intro, lets jump straight to the content!
Last season, the duo of Kendall Langford and Michael Brockers was projected to be unstoppable, with Langford coming off a stellar season in Miami. However, Langford clearly did not transition well from the Dolphins’ 3-4 base scheme to the Rams’ 4-3… and he knows it. Apparently, Langford is now getting “more comfortable” in his new role, which could be scary for opposing quarterbacks on Sunday.
Bleacher Report’s Jamal Collier has been a “scouting” machine at Rams Camp this week, giving play-by-play for most practices via Twitter and offering valuable insight to those not lucky enough to make it to the field. Using that knowledge, he threw together this “stock watch” with some intriguing names rising and falling. The one common thread throughout the piece is the sudden dominance of Brian Quick at camp. That could be good news for the Rams…
The former-Mizzou, former-Rams receiver Danario Alexander, affectionately known as “DX,” suffered another setback in his NFL career yesterday. Alexander was a promising prospect at Rams’ Camp, finding his way only a barren roster at the start of the Bradford-era in St. Louis. Knee injuries kept the talented player off the field, for the most part, which led to him being released from the team when Jeff Fisher and Les Snead took the reins. Lucky for Alexander, the San Diego Chargers took a flyer on the kid, which led to a “breakout” season in 2011. However, reports surfaced yesterday that DX has torn his ACL, another devastating injury that could very well end his career in the NFL. Our thoughts are with DX, hoping for a speedy recovery and a blazing return to the league.
It is genuinely sad when an top-tier player cannot get recognized for his outstanding personal achievements in the league, through Pro Bowl invite, All-Pro selection, etc.; it is even sadder when they cannot even make the “All-Underrated” team. James Laurinaitis and Chris Long, if nothing else, can now officially be starters on the “All-Snubbed” team, apparently never getting recognized for any of their achievements in any capacity. Maybe, a winning season will finally get their names on the map?
The Greatest Show on Turf gave fans in St. Louis endless memories of amazement, some of which we have held onto through this last decade of offensive failure. Now, it appears, the GSOT is back to give us more, this time through their knowledge of the game and their ability to teach young players. Both Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce have been at Rams Camp this week, helping this extremely young receiving corps with everything from footwork to how to shake bump-and-run coverage at the line of scrimmage. According to Nick Wagoner, both Holt and Bruce have been very impressed with Brian Quick, in particular, suggesting he brings something to the table that no other player on the roster possesses. Lets hope these lessons are sinking in with Quick, and with the rest of the receivers. You couldn’t pick two better players to teach you the game of football from a receiver standpoint… seriously, you couldn’t find two better players if you tried.