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Meet the Practice Squad

The Rams completed their practice squad this weekend by adding Chris Ogbonnaya and DE Bryan Smith from the Philadelphia Eagles.

So, let’s meet these anonymous players who form the practice squad after the jump!

RB Chris Ogbonnaya is the Rams 7th round draft choice out of Texas, who is a great receiving threat out of the backfield.  He played a lot of wide receiver in college and is still very raw as a running back.  Ogbonnaya is very talented and should benefit from the work he gets on the practice squad.

DE Bryan Smith played outside linebacker in college and was listed as a defensive end with the Eagles. He was never active for a regular season game in 2008.  Smith looks to be an undersized pass-rushing specialist.  He may have fit better in the 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker, but there is always a premium on players who can rush the passer and Smith is a very good prospective edge rusher.

CB Cord Parks has gotten a lot of play returning kicks and punts for the Rams in the preseason.  Honestly, I haven’t got a good look at his corner skills.  He’s a smaller and quicker corner.  He doesn’t fit the Rams mold of corner to a tee, but could have value as a returner specialist.

TE Eric Butler really had no chance to make the 53 man roster with Randy McMichael, Billy Bajema and Daniel Fells ahead of him on the depth chart.

LB K.C. Asiodu is a good athlete with great speed, who should use his time on the practice squad to hone his linebacker skills.

LB Dominic Douglas was the leading tackler at Mississippi State last year and was signed as a street free agent after the draft.  He plays middle linebacker and struggled a bit with his paths to the ball carrier in the preseason and should benefit from a year on the practice squad.

DE Ian Campbell has a great first step and has a great motor.  He’s undersized, but the same with Bryan Smith, he could be a good pass-rusher off the edge.  As I must have missed him in my defensive ends preview, here’s a full scouting report:

Campbell uses his length, active motor, and solid initial quickness to get into the back field and pressure the pocket. He is relentless and will often times make plays based on a second-effort. He is a reliable tackler in space as well and has shown good inside technique against the run. He lacks a stout lower-half, which can at times compromise his anchor ability and agility in space. He also has not developed an array of moves to get into the backfield, too often relying on a broken play or scramble to get to the quarterback. His lack of speed and quickness impairs his OLB potential at the next level, so Campbell will need to mature and grow as a pure pass-rusher, improving upon his edge quickness and general awareness, if he wants to solidify a roster spot in the NFL.

The last member of the practice squad is WR Sean Walker, who could get called on during the season as the Rams are currently only keeping 4 WRs on the active roster for now.  He caught an athletic touchdown pass from Keith Null in the Rams first preseason game.


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  1. […] Here’s what we had to say about Douglas in the preseason: LB Dominic Douglas was the leading tackler at Mississippi State last year and was signed as a street free agent after the draft.  He plays middle linebacker and struggled a bit with his paths to the ball carrier in the preseason and should benefit from a year on the practice squad. Enjoyed this post? Subscribe to Rams Gab via RSS Feed or E-mail and receive daily news updates from us!                   Tags: Dominic Douglas […]

  2. […] Here’s what we had to say about Douglas in the preseason: LB Dominic Douglas was the leading tackler at Mississippi State last year and was signed as a street free agent after the draft.  He plays middle linebacker and struggled a bit with his paths to the ball carrier in the preseason and should benefit from a year on the practice squad. […]

  3. […] Here’s what we had to say about Douglas in the preseason: LB Dominic Douglas was the leading tackler at Mississippi State last year and was signed as a street free agent after the draft.  He plays middle linebacker and struggled a bit with his paths to the ball carrier in the preseason and should benefit from a year on the practice squad. […]

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