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What Is The Next Move For the Rams?

Official younger brother of RamsGab, Zach (@BlazinBox on twitter) has been at Rams training camp over the past few days and got the juiciest quote of yesterday for Rams GM Billy Devaney:

Interestingly enough, Devaney backed very quickly off the Ronnie Brown subject, but clarified that he meant “Running Back”.  A GM would very rarely talk so publicly (with fans even!) about a deal that is in the works, especially with a very tight-lipped GM in Devaney.  Since that conversation last night, everything has been quiet with the Rams with only two running back moves yesterday and one was a trade.  The money has dried out for the running backs and all of the free agents are holding out hope for something more whether it is money, playing time or even more money.

More on the running backs after the jump.

The Rams have been linked to three running backs: Ronnie Brown, Jason Snelling and Jerious Norwood.  Let’s throw out Brown because Devaney quickly backed off his name in his quick conversation with fans.  That leaves the Atlanta duo of Snelling and Norwood.  Both have strong ties to Devaney from his time in Atlanta and his still strong connections within the organization.  Both running backs profile as slightly different backs and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Rams nab both guys to back up Steven Jackson as they both backed up Michael Turner in Atlanta.

Snelling is a more of a solid runner and pass-catcher.  He has average 4 yards per rush in his career and 7.9 yards per reception.  Those are solid numbers for a running back.  When he was pressed into duty when Michael Turner was injured in 2009, he got up to 613 yards for the season, so he can handle the full load of a starter in limited duty.  However, when Turner was healthier in 2010, Snelling caught 14 more passes in less time on the field.  Snelling would be a great pickup for the Rams to be deployed in the run and pass game.

Jerious Norwood is more of an enigma.  Previously a stud kick returner and big play machine, Norwood spent most of 2010 injured, getting 2 rushing attempts in 2 games.  However, he has averaged 5.3 yards per rush for his career and 9.5 yards per catch in the pass game.  He had been used less and less by the Atlanta coaches since 2008.

Snelling would be the more solid choice and Norwood could be an exciting, home run threat.  Together, they would finally give the Rams a solid running back reserve group to spell Steven Jackson and give opposing defensive coordinators fits.



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