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 by R4L
7 months ago
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United States of America   Dayton, Ohio
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BobCarl wrote:who did we sign to reserve/future contracts this time last year?


Practice squad players mostly. Teams do it every year but every guy doesn't always get signed.

 by BobCarl
7 months ago
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United States of America   LA Coliseum
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R4L wrote:Practice squad players mostly. Teams do it every year but every guy doesn't always get signed.


I did a search on this site, and couldn't find a list of the players we signed last year. I'm just curious if any of them ended up being starters or made key plays in 2019.

I'm basically wondering if I should give a shit this time next season when the same type of contracts get signed.

 by R4L
7 months ago
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United States of America   Dayton, Ohio
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BobCarl wrote:I did a search on this site, and couldn't find a list of the players we signed last year. I'm just curious if any of them ended up being starters or made key plays in 2019.

I'm basically wondering if I should give a shit this time next season when the same type of contracts get signed.


That would be a no lol.

The list
Steven Parker, CB
Ramon Richards, CB
Travin Howard, LB
Jamil Demby, G
Aaron Neary, C
Dominique Hatfield, CB
Jeremiah Kolone, G

Demby signed with the Lions but they brought him back to the active roster. Neary ended the season on IR. Richards wasn't signed. Kolone road the practice squad again all season.

 by Elvis
7 months ago
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United States of America   Los Angeles
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It's your practice squad. Unlike the rest of your team, their contracts expire at the end of the season so you have to sign them to a futures contract if you want them to be part of your 90 for all the off season stuff...

 by Dick84
6 months ago
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Italy   LA Coliseum
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R4L wrote:That would be a no lol.

The list
Steven Parker, CB
Ramon Richards, CB
Travin Howard, LB
Jamil Demby, G
Aaron Neary, C
Dominique Hatfield, CB
Jeremiah Kolone, G

Demby signed with the Lions but they brought him back to the active roster. Neary ended the season on IR. Richards wasn't signed. Kolone road the practice squad again all season.


I guess it depends on how you define impact.
Parker didn’t make the cut, but made the Dolphins and had 19 tackles.
Howard is a contributor on D and special teams.
Who knows if Neary would’ve made a roster, if healthy.

Also.. the Polite thing. He was thought highly enough to be picked in the 3rd but was cut by 2 teams. He’s a head case. But.. if he’s been getting his head right, like Fowler did, the Rams could have a nice bargain there.

 by ziggy
6 months ago
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United States of America   LA Coliseum
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Polite was a 1st round prospect that dropped 2 rounds because of preparedness issues (and being the appropriate weight, also.)

I think all of that speaks to immaturity. We'll see how he progresses with time and maybe just fit with the appropriate coach and people in his life. I think getting dropped from 2 team is actually the perfect number. 1st team, "I'm in the NFL b*tches--". 2nd team, "Team A didn't know what they had!". 3rd team, "wow... maybe I'm running out of chances."

Also, his Florida State coach still speaks well of him-- which shows he's redeemable.

Hopefully ...

 by Elvis
6 months ago
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United States of America   Los Angeles
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The fact that Polite hasn't washed out yet seems like a good sign. He didn't last this long with the Jets or Seahawks...

 by snackdaddy
6 months ago
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United States of America   Merced California
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Polite was at one point considered a low first to mid second round pick by many mocks last year. So obviously they guy has some natural talent. I think he came to the combine out of shape IIRC. Something about him the Jets didn't like. Maybe its an effort thing, I don't know.

I think he was viewed as immature when he complained about the way teams interviewed him. Although he did say he liked the interview with the Rams because they were the only team that didn't bash him during the interview.

Cutting ties with a high 3rd round pick in his first year is usually a red flag. But if the Rams can get his head straight and shape him up, maybe he could be one of those hidden gems. Its not like they had to invest much for him if it doesn't work out. Definitely worth a shot.

 by TomSlick
6 months ago
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Coaches can't do it all, the players on the team have to lead by example and by voice that the new guys need to pull their weight. There is only one way and that is the RAM way. If the "young-ens" can't or won't comprehend that simple TEAM FIRST attitude then that is on them and bu-bye.

 by JackPMiller
6 months ago
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United States of America   LA Coliseum
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AvengerRam wrote:Another guy on that list who intrigues me is Adonis Alexander. He was a very good CB at VaTech, but has the size (6'3, 205) to be a safety.


Brandon Staley comes from the Vic Fangio system. That system big CBs, that play physical, and press coverage. The system also uses big NTs that are 320+ pounds, a big time Edge rusher, and legit group of LBs, with that Edge Rusher.

Again, in this system, Adonis will work.

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