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Softli Talks Rams OTA’s--Joseph to Compete To Start?

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  1. RamBill Well-Known Member

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    What should the Rams expect from OTAs this week? Tony Softli tells 101ESPN. He talks about the installation of the offense and defense that will go on in OTA’s. Softli looks forward to seeing Mo Alexander, Michael Sam, and Tre Mason for various reasons. Bradford will be a part of OTA’s, the question is how much. Softli thinks they Rams have brought in Joseph in to compete for a starting spot. At worse, they have a good swing OG.

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    Thanks I love audio news
     
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  3. Elmgrovegnome Well-Known Member

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    The Rams have a better Guard than Joseph in Rodger Saffold and just drafted Greg Robinson, who is slated to play Guard.

    The only way Joseph starts is if Barksdale gets unseated by Robinson. Based on last year Barksdale played better than Joseph.
     
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  4. SierraRam Recreational User

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    I'm worried about LT. If Long can't go we begin the shuffle... and then Joseph may start.

    I believe Long's recovery is a key to our fast start; however, it is nice to have quality depth for a change!
     
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  5. FRO Well-Known Member

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    Competition doesn't hurt.
     
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  6. Merlin Ungulatory Prestidigitator

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    I wasn't too excited about the Joseph signing, personally. But hearing what Demoff said the other day re: the Rams' DL take on Joseph and that he was one of the best OGs they faced all year, well, it made me feel much better about it.

    If the Rams luck out with him it would be a big deal for this OL. He is a nice fit provided he actually has something left because you can't have too many physical interior OL when you live in the NFC West.

    I'm still holding out hope that Jones is going to step up and push for relevance, at the least a primary backup job. He's really the wildcard IMO because the buzz won't start on a guy until he actually plays some snaps and handles dudes in camp with pads on. I fully expect that buzz to start with him at that point, because given his track record he's gonna show up. And while I am with those who see him at center eventually, remember that he has played OT before and may have the feet to play RT.

    The OL is going to be very fun to watch develop this time around.
     
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  7. BonifayRam Well-Known Member

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    If Jake Long surprises Fisher & Boudreau & is not ready then would you not start your top five OL'ers? Would this be the top five?
    Barksdale
    Joseph
    Wells
    Saffold
    Robinson

    Rams could fool me here & go with veteran ex all pro veteran Davin Joseph starting @ ORG. Rams just may get lucky here I so use to thinking the worse in this OL its possible things could flip finally and we catch a break. Starting DJ in his NFL post would place him in the best position to be productive for us.

    Boudreau could be thinking too that teaming Robinson & Saffold together on that left side is the best way. Boudreau could fool me again by keeping Saffold inside @ OG & far from the OT posts thus inserting Saffold @ OLG with Rookie Greg Robinson holding the fort @ OLT, his post in college that resulted him being drafted #2 overall. Having the young vet Saffold starting next to Robinson on that left side would sure assist him as he gets used to the NFL speeders. Saffold played all his football life @ OLT before last season & sure could assist GR with this post being a few feet to his right.

    All this is based on the playing condition of the rehabbing OLT Jake Long of course. If Jake Long can muster a start in game one Davin Joseph still could be better than we think & perfit fit for this power run first OL scheme . If Joseph is fully healed now & ready to go early then its not out of the question that he could be better than the Rookie Robinson early on never know. Thus making the top rookie Robinson the 6th OL'er thus allowing GR an easy learning curve. This also makes the best of the rest look good too.....OG/OC Barrett Jones #7, OC/OG Tim Barnes #8, OT/OG Mike Person #9 & OC D. Rhaney #10.
     
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  8. Elmgrovegnome Well-Known Member

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    Of course, but in this case Joseph is not competing as a Starter. He is competing as the top Guard backup.
     
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  9. -X- Not into the whole brevity thing.

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    I would hope he's competing for a starting spot, personally.
     
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    I agree, let the best man win, regardless of contract or draft slot. If the past has taught us anything its that someone will get hurt. It will be nice to have a player or two that can come in and play.
     
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    I can agree too... I think the line most of us think will be there is penciled in, but if Joseph or anyone else just plays out of his mind at training camp, then you would have to make a change.
     
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  12. Yamahopper Well-Known Member

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    Best players play and if the backups don't like it beat the starter out.
     
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    Maybe on the surface but based on what he has done in the last few years it would seem unlikely that he wins a starting spot. As far as we know Robinson is slotted to play Guard. That is what was reported. And Saffold played a very good Guard last season. Much better than Joseph. So who do you want to let sit in favor of the veteran?

    Assuming Long is healthy and ready to go then which Olineman do you think/prefer he beats out based on his recent play?
     
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  14. -X- Not into the whole brevity thing.

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    It's not about what I'd prefer. It's about who has the stones to snatch the starting job and keep it.
     
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  15. Elmgrovegnome Well-Known Member

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    Big If. I am just being realistic. Joseph has had two Pro Bowl seasons in his career and is coming off an injury. He didn't play particularly well for much of last season.
     
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  16. Elmgrovegnome Well-Known Member

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    In that case maybe Greg Reid beats out Janoris Jenkins.
     
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  17. -X- Not into the whole brevity thing.

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    Maybe.
     
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