Rams Gab Position Preview – Cornerbacks

We are going to be previewing every position on the Rams here at the eve of training camp.  Now we are on to the defensive side of the ball.  Next up are the corner backs.

Ron Bartell

Ron Bartell was one of the only bright spots for the Rams in 2008 as he took a huge step forward and became the Rams best cornerback on the roster.  The Rams rewarded him by resigning him to a 4 year / $28 million contract.  Bartell will be lined up across from the number 1 wide receiver all season and will have to cover them capably for the Rams to have any success on defense.  He is the one constant from 2008 on the Rams roster.

More cornerbacks after the jump!


Tye Hill

Tye Hill is an enigma wrapped in a riddle for the Rams in 2009.  Is the he player that has shown promise in his first 2 years or is he the player that played so badly in 2008 before an injury ended his season.  It is hard to state how terrible Hill played in 2008, but every receiver was open on every route against him.  He’s got the speed to play corner in the NFL, but he may be better suited to nickel corner in the long term.

Justin King

Justin King is a big fish story with the Rams so far in this kid’s young career.  He was having a great training camp before injuring his foot and losing his entire rookie season.  But, if Justin King is back up to full speed, he will be able to challenge for the starting CB spot opposite Ron Bartell.  He has the skills, hopefully his speed andagility will quickly return after the injury.

Bradley Fletcher

Fletcher was drafted in the 3rd round in the 2009 NFL draft out of the University of Iowa.  Fletcher has the combination of size, speed and strength that Coach Spagnuolo looks for in his corners.  Consequently, he may have the advantage on the starting corner position, but he will have to get used to the change in speed from college to the pros.

Jonathan Wade

Jon Wade is one of the forgotten men in the secondary for the Rams.  He has been around for 3 years and has only played a few games here and there due to injury.  He has the speed and cover skills, but he has been unable to put everything together in practice or in the games he has played in.  It is possible he could make the leap in the next year or so, but the time is running out for Wade to show something.

Quincy Butler

The Rams picked up Quincy Butler in the 2008 season off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys as he fits the role of a larger corner for the Rams.  He has only been in the league for 2 seasons.

Marcus Brown

Marcus Brown is even taller at 6-2 and was signed in the off season after being on Cincinnati’s practice squad in 2008.  There is not that much out there about Brown and I confess I know nothing about the guy.

Cord Parks

Parks was signed by the Rams as an undrafted free agent after the 2009 NFL draft out of Northeastern.  He started all 12 games his senior year and had 54 tackles.


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