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Who To Keep: CB

With the Rams season over, it is time to think about who should be back next year at every position.  Let’s take a look through player by player. Next up are the corners.

Ron Bartell – Bartell didn’t have a very good 2010 after signing a big free agent deal before the season.  He seemed to be hurt most of the year before playing well at the end of the season when he got healthy.  Kudos to Bartell for playing hurt and toughing it out in a terrible season, but because of the injury he looked like a bad corner with no speed for most of the year.  If he’s healthy he’s a good starting corner.

Bradley Fletcher – Bradley Fletcher was a small reach in the 3rd round for the Rams, but turned quickly into a gem.  He gained the starting spot opposite Bartell and had a few great games in a row, but then was lost for the year with a knee injury.  If he can return to full speed in 2010, he will start, minimizing the Rams need for another corner.

The rest of the corners are after the jump.

Quincy Butler – Butler turned from training camp MVP, to depth corner to starter in 2010.  He’s got the prototypical size for Coach Spagnuolo’s defensive schemes and can compete for the nickel corner spot in 2010.

Jonathan Wade -Mr. Wade found himself in the doghouse in 2009 as he couldn’t find the field even with the extensive injuries at the end of the season.  He’s still a small, speedy corner who is pretty raw in his cover skills.  I don’t know how many more seasons the Rams can try to convert Wade into a cover corner.  He could be a candidate to get cut after training camp next season.

Justin King – Justin King had a great preseason in 2008 after he was drafted and then was lost for the year before he could showcase his skills in the regular season.  He came back in 2009 and had a poor season.  By all accounts, it was his rookie season, but he had the worst score for any corner in Pro Football Focus.  Here’s hoping he can turn it around in 2010.

Danny Gorrer – Gorrer was a mid-season pickup and soon found himself playing extensively in week 15 and 16.  Gorrer needs more experience, but the Rams coaches seem to like him.  He should be in a camp competition in 2010, but he may have the leg up on Wade and Parks.

Cord Parks – Parks was in camp with the Rams and signed from the practice squad late in the season.  He only played on special teams late in the season.  He’s another Ram trying to make the jump from D-II football to the NFL and can make the team in 2010 as a gunner on special teams.

Marcus Brown – Brown was recently signed to the offseason roster from the practice squad and may qualify as a camp body for 2010.


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  1. […] pkenyon wrote a very interesting post today.   Here’s a quick excerpt:With the Rams season over, it is time to think about who should be back next year at every position. Let’s take a look through player by player. Next up are the corners. Ron Bartell – Bartell didn’t have a very good 2010 after signing a … […]

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