Well, well well- How many of our fans can name a Rams DT that never played a snap last year? How about Offensive Lineman? Not to mention D-backs? Are they no more than a bunch of blocking fodder for our regular guys to chew on - a team of extras just waiting to get a chance? I found it very surprising that a close bond exists between this raw core, a comradeship if you will, to show the regulars that they are going to have to work for those big paychecks. They are hard working and dedicated players that most have never heard of. They are……….(drum roll)THE PRACTICE SQUAD!!!!(symbol clash) Take a sample look-
#90 Cornell Banks DT 6-2 320 R rated (NCAA DT’s) 73 out of 150 “I’m going to bang till I’m the last man standing” DL on the practice squad (2012) Not big stats but team supportive player. Will he still have the same resolve in 2012? I hope so.
#42 Kendric Burney DB 5-9 190 R -not rated- Resides on the lower end of the talent rope, limited pedestrian stats for a small guy, however listed as quality nickel back. Friendly, but is reclusive. (does not reply to tweets or e-mail). May not make final cut in 2012.
#12 John Chiles WR 6-2 210 (1) rated 75 out of 292 Interesting guy. Was backup to Tim Tebow for two years, then went WR and put up 795 yds from Tebow 1st year as WR. He has some terrific stats. Signed in 2012 for futures contract. It”s going to be exciting to see how far he goes this year.
#66 John Henderson DT 6-1 301 R -not rated- Kind of hard to rate this guy. Research indicates he is an avid player, a baler, but college reports might not be accurate. He is liked by the Rams at present, but we’ll see how that plays out. Reportedly aggressive in play.
It is a given that the names in the practice squad will change, but the will to do battle will not. The Squad will continue to be ready to take up the challenge anytime called. As names are added to the Squad, follow along and check them out. If you can find a way to do it-give them a shout-out.