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Help Wanted At Cornerback?

The Rams also seem to have a glaring need at cornerback that has the possibility to be addressed through the draft, but I think that the Rams will address this need from within.

After Bartell, the Rams have: much-maligned Tye Hill, Justin King, Jon Wade and some guys named Eric Bassey and Quincy Butler.

Tye Hill struck bottom last year and got burned over and over again before heading to the Injured Reserve.  Tye Hill is ready for a rebound in 2009.  No one could be more confident about Hill’s possible turn-around than new Rams strong safety James Butler.

“I don’t think Tye has lost his swagger,” said Butler, who co-owns a Golden Corral restaurant in Centerville, Ga., with Hill. “He’s definitely motivated to be one of the best corners in the league this year, and he’s been working hard this offseason. Tye Hill will be a great player this year.”

The randomness of the Golden Corral connection of all things aside, Butler and Hill are friends.  Butler will help Hill turn his career around and move the needle from “bust” to “capable NFL starter”.

Justin King had a great training camp in 2008 before suffering a season-ending injury.  He can provide valuable depth.

Jon Wade is still a very raw corner and never put it all together under the previous administration.  Hopefully the new defensive coaches can help turn Wade into a technical and valuable corner.  At this point, he is no better than a 5th corner.

The Rams still need depth at corner and a smart move would be (as suggested in Bill Coats’s PD article) to resign Jason Craft to play nickel corner.


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