Afternoon notes about the St.. Louis Rams...
It sounds like Quincy Butler will get the start in place of Bradley Fletcher at cornerback. Butler had some really sharp moments in camp this year. And then it started to look like he was just really good at camp. He's had some ugly gaffs. He might suffice against Detroit, depending on what shakes out with their QB situation. I can't imagine that they won't find at least do their due dillengence to see who's out there at CB, though it's not likely to be much. The Fletcher injury really, really stinks for the Rams and their rebuilding effort. Finding solid starters from third round picks is key, and they just lost one.
Rams MLB James Laurinaitis was in the running for the NFL's Rookie of the Month, one of seven first-year players to be considered for the award. Bills S Jairus Byrd picked off the award, the second safety to win the award this season. Three first round picks, two second round picks, one fifth-rounder and one undrafted free agent were considered. They are:
Dallas kicker DAVID BUEHLER (fifth round, USC), who tied for third in the NFL with six touchbacks on kickoffs.
Seattle linebacker AARON CURRY (first round, Wake Forest), who started all three games and posted 21 tackles, one sack, two passes defensed and a forced fumble.
Houston linebacker BRIAN CUSHING (first round, USC), who led all rookies with 30 tackles and totaled a half-sack, one interception, two forced fumbles and three passes defensed as the Texans posted a 3-1 record for the month.
Indianapolis cornerback JACOB LACEY (undrafted free agent, Oklahoma State), who recorded 14 tackles, one interception, including a 35-yard interception-touchdown return.
St. Louis linebacker JAMES LAURINAITIS (second round, Ohio State), who started all four games and posted 37 tackles and two interceptions.
Green Bay linebacker CLAY MATTHEWS (first round, USC), who started all three games and posted 13 tackles, two sacks, four tackles for a loss and had a 42-yard fumble-return touchdown, the longest by a rookie in franchise history.
Come on, do you really deserve consideration for having a big day against the Rams?