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 by CanuckRightWinger
1 week ago
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Canada   VANCOUVER, BC
Pro Bowl

I remember Chase Reynolds, the 2011 Seattle Seahawks UDFA, with limited talents, that ended up as Jeff Fisher's unofficial Special Teams Captain. Was 5th in NFL in 2014 with his Rams-leading 16 ST tackles! :idea2: :arrow2: 8-)

Troy Reeder, a 2019 UDFA, also with limited talents (just ask PFF!...a Defensive Grade of 28.6....Ouch!).....but, nevertheless, via injuries to Micah Kiser and Bryce Hager, the small-school longshot UDFA ended up as Wade Phillips' ILB starter for 2019. :o

Chase Reynolds was a prolific RB at Montana and was an All-Big Sky First Team Selection.

Troy Reeder was a prolific LB at Delaware....a stud D guy for the Blue Hens :? ...yadda, yadda....
let's face it, both guys, Montana Reynolds and Delaware Reeder, were big fish in small ponds.....
with big hearts, tons of effort...but limited athletic prowess.

With Micah Kiser healthy, and ILB repeatedly being talked about as an area the 2020 Rams braintrust MUST have to significantly solidify for this season, the writing seems to be on the wall for Reeder as most probably losing his starter ILB role......and maybe even his roster spot.

So, for the 2020 season.....why not make Troy Reeder our STs Captain??!! :idea2:

He's a solid tackler with decent, but not great, speed.....and he seems, like ol' Chase Reynolds to have a big heart, toughness, and a non-stop motor. Reeder also seems the type of leader alpha-male guy who will call out any of the loafers and contact-avoiders he might encounter as his Rams ST team mates! :!2:

Reeder came from the Delaware Blue Hens.....so whilst not stocking grocery shelves at Hy-Vee's, Troy Reeder's Wattsamatta U story nevertheless does have a Cinderella element to it, no?

The kid came in as a 25 year old rookie.....aka "a late-bloomer"....
....IMO it'd be a shame to just cut Reeder when more talented Ram ILBs appear this summer.

I vote that we make Troy Reeder our new STs Captain for 2020, and let him aid and assist the new Italian Rams ST Coach.....from Detroit.....that Amigo guy......whatisname.... :lol2:
John Bonamego!

Good idea, no? ;)

 by R4L
1 week ago
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United States of America   Dayton, Ohio
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Man I remember I was always so pissed off at Fisher for wasting a roster spot for Reynolds, who brought nothing to the table other than special teams.

I like the idea of Reeder being this type of player because he does other things as well.

 by PARAM
1 week ago
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Barbados   Just far enough North of Philadelphia
Hall of Fame

I'm fine with Reeder on special teams as long as he doesn't see the field on first, second or third down. We need Micah Kizer and either Young or Natrez Patrick to have solid seasons. If Troy Reeder is playing defense, we're in trouble.

 by R4L
1 week ago
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United States of America   Dayton, Ohio
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PARAM wrote:I'm fine with Reeder on special teams as long as he doesn't see the field on first, second or third down. We need Micah Kizer and either Young or Natrez Patrick to have solid seasons. If Troy Reeder is playing defense, we're in trouble.


Good points. Don't forget Howard.

 by CanuckRightWinger
1 week ago
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Canada   VANCOUVER, BC
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Per the PFF stats aeneas1 posted in the Excited About Rams D thread, Troy Reeder played in 171 Running Downs in 2019 and 131 Passing Downs, for a total of 302 Ram Defensive Snaps for Troy Reeder in 2019.

SO....a somewhat teaser ;) question for the "Rams 2020 OL Is Acers" crowd....

How come playing some 2019 snaps will most definitely improve OL yutes' future performances like Bobby Evans, Austin Blythe, Chandler Brewer, Coleman Shelton, and David Edwards for the 2020 season? :?2:

But for Troy Reeder.....those 302 Defensive Snaps he played in 2019 were just dogshit and he's a pre-ordained bum already for any consideration for the Rams 2020 ILB spots?? :?

It seems like:

2019 OL Yutes snap-counts = A shrewd & brilliant investment for Rams Future

BUT....

2019 ILB Troy Reeder snap-counts = A total fucking waste of time & opportunity.

Somewhat of a double-standard, no? :?

 by safer
1 week ago
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United States of America   LA Coliseum
Veteran

While we're talking about player ratings---did anyone else notice that Joseph Day had the same as Brockers?.............and that rookie Gaines got a higher rating than most thought?

 by Juggs
1 week ago
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United States of America   LA Coliseum
Undrafted Free Agent

All of y'all are off base....two words...Clay Johnston. This guy. If the knee is good, will be our guy. I feel it. Brett Favre wouldn't lead me down the wrong road! Ever!

For real though, i LOVE his passion. If he can get healthy...IF.....I think he will be our guy.

 by AltiTude Ram
1 week ago
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United States of America   Denver
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PARAM wrote:I'm fine with Reeder on special teams as long as he doesn't see the field on first, second or third down. We need Micah Kizer and either Young or Natrez Patrick to have solid seasons. If Troy Reeder is playing defense, we're in trouble.


I like the young kid from Baylor. Clay Johnston. If not for an injury his senior season, he would have been drafted higher. Favre endorsed him and said he was running ahead of scheduled rehab.

All that being said, I think the draft says the Rams are pretty comfortable with the LB talent on the roster. That includes Reeder. A year after the UDFA started several games in the NFL. I'm not saying he's keeping his starting position...just saying the Rams seem confident in him contributing...based off of the draft.

 by CanuckRightWinger
5 days ago
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Canada   VANCOUVER, BC
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I like Clay Johnston as a ILB too. :idea2:
His youtube highlights were impressive....great quickness to the ball and alert football instincts IMO. CJ's play style reminds me of a past favorite of mine...Pisa Tinoisamoa!!! :idea2: :arrow2: 8-)

About that Favre endorsement though.....Clay Johnston's dad was a NFL Strength & Conditioning Coach and Brett Favre's pal.....even Favre's best man at Brett's wedding IIRC. So there's some positive sentiment to factor into Favre's tauting his buddy's boy...….just saying.

Also, let us recall that Favre also touted former Ram QB Austin Davis, the guy who broke Brett Favre's school passing records at Southern Mississippi, as a potential future star QB in the NFL. Davis is now 30 and has been a placeholder for the following NFL teams:
Los Ramos
Miami
Cleveland
Denver
Seattle
Tennessee

On the bright side, Austin Davis is presently the youngest QB Coach in the NFL (working for the Seattle Seahawks). :idea2:

Back to ILB Clay Johnston:
Maybe the Rams braintrust can hide Clay Johnston on the PUP List to start the season due to his ongoing knee rehab. IMO, if we try to just stash him on the PS, some other smart team might grab CJ and we'll lose him forever like we did the promising Dakota LastChanceGuy Allen last year.

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Finally.....why is it so dead here at RFU these days vis a vis # of posts (and even views seem down)? :?2:
I thought with the ongoing CO-VID cabin fever factor.....that guys would be melting their keyboards with copious postings. :?

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