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A Bunch Of Billy Bajemas

Coming off a very disappointing 2009 season I’d like to say that a lot of obvious improvements have been made over the off season.  I’d like to, but I’m not sure I can.  One obvious improvement (although still unproven at the professional level) is Sam Bradford.  What I like most about the man is not his athleticism, not his supposed passing accuracy, or his ability to quickly find open receivers.  What I like is that the man is clearly a winner.  He was a winning smile and conveys a winning attitude which is something his predecessor Marc Bulger lost somewhere along the way.

Outside of that I see a team very similar to last year’s team.  A great running back in Steven Jackson, but little or no depth or running talent behind him, a gazillion WR’s of zero notoriety and average talent, and young and often injury prone offensive and defensive lines.  Lending to my previous sentence, the Rams have an uncanny ability at picking up players that have been average players on other teams.  The type of players the Rams seem to pick up are usually athletes who played well in college, come into the pros for a couple years, and once that team is able to upgrade the position with a better player, they are traded to the Rams.  A perfect example of this is Billy Bajema.

In college Bajema was a four-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree and as a senior, he won ESPN Academic All-American honors.  He was drafted by the SF 49ers in 2005 where he started a third of the games he played in (45).  In 2008 he was forced to sign a 1 year deal to stay with the Niners who then released him immediately after the season ended.  The Rams signed him in March of 2009.  He made two catches last year and helped contribute to the 2009 Ram’s very poor offense.

If you were to look up and down the line and on both sides of the field you will find many Billy Bajemas playing for the Rams.  Don’t believe me?  Ok, how about WR Jordan Kent?  He was a WR out of Oregon who was signed by the Seattle Seahawks in 2007 and spent that year on the practice squad.  In 2008 he played special teams and then was cut in 2009 just before the beginning of the regular season.  Shortly afterwards, he was signed to the Rams where he has done very little.  How about RCB Kevin Dockery  or even QB AJ Feeley? I could go on and on and on… Now, I have nothing against men of quality and substance (which all of these men probably are), but in professional sports you must have star talent.  The Rams have Sam Bradford, Steven Jackson, and bunch of Billy Bajemas.  Are Rams coaches and recruiters softies who only recruit the “I think I cans”?  As I look at the roster I’d have to say yes.

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One Response to “A Bunch Of Billy Bajemas”

  1. Vic says:

    I would add a few more guys to your list of non-bajemas, but I have to agree. A lot of journeymen and perennially practice squad talent seem to work their way into many of the Rams rotations and become starters.

    Here is to hoping the young players develop and future drafts add some long term talent.

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