Here we go, folks. Inspired by those warmongering blokes over at Niner's Nation, I've decided to re-enter the fanpost foray and bring you my series on the Rams roster - featuring a piece on all 90 of the players (2 per day) who are invited back to Rams Park later this July. Input on what you would like to see in these articles would be greatly appreciated as well.
So let's get it started, while I take a break from my day job (moving/stacking/organizing beer) and enlighten the TST population with some mediocre writing and analysis. What else is a college kid home for the summer supposed to do with his free time?
In no particular order...
90. Tim Jenkins - QB - Fort Lewis - Rookie
Ahh the proverbial "tip of the iceberg" type of potential with this kid. Started all 4 years as a member of the DII Fort Lewis Skyhawks racking up 9 grand through the air to go along with 47 TDs. Jenkins also took it to the house 13 times on the ground in his career in Durango, Colorado giving Snead and co. another reason to pick the kid up as a free agent.
Looking to this year, I'll wager that he sticks around for most if not all of training camp to be the 4th QB on the roster - if for no other reason than to keep receiver drills running smoothly so that they can be run in opposite directions with the same number of QB's per side. As for the final 53, Jenkins is a longshot having 3 other established (eh) QB's on the roster, though stranger things have happened. Look for the Rams to give him a preseason game or two of work as a "thank you" to Jenkins for sticking it out through the dog days of summer with the squad. Being a Sports Administration major, however, may give him the opportunity to continue his career in the NFL via the front office route.
89. Gerald Rivers - DE - Ole Miss
Look at that tricep definition... anyway, Rivers is not alone in playing DE for the Rams this summer as they have 8 on the roster at this point but it is important to note that he will be the only one with experience playing in the SEC, long regarded as the most talented "NFL-like" conference in college football. By no means does this grant him an automatic roster spot, but it will give him a head start seeing that he has faced top competition. He'll need that leg up - as he did not play for the Rebels in 2012 due to academic issues.
This is both good and bad for Rams fans. Good, because had he played and had a breakout year (only made 5 starts in 2011 - 13 tackles - 4.5 TFL - Team high 4 QB hurries) he may have been off the board in April and never fallen into the laps of the Rams. Bad, because if he cannot handle the "academic stresses" of studying Psychology at Ole Miss, how will he fare on his own in St. Louis where he is expected to handle the responsibilities of the real world all while learning an NFL defense.
To make the squad, he's gonna have to prove to Coach Fisher that he's mentally ready to handle the rigors of the NFL, along with the obvious in the fact that he's going to need to show him that he can help the team win on the football field. The sky is the limit for Rivers, though he's still firmly entrenched on the ground right now. Did Fisher find a diamond in the rough? We'll see come July.