Wilson Garners Attention, Kudos from Rams

The St. Louis Rams are prepared to put on some extra pads to face the Arizona Cardinals defense. Much of the Rams focus is on one player, Adrian Wilson. The Cardinals veteran will look to exploit the Rams ball security issues and live up to his reputation.

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson expects Sunday's game to be a tough and physical game, which is why he said he'll have to make sure to put on extra padding. Jackson's attention is on two players, one already has a reputation and the other is in the process of building his.

Here is what Jackson had to say about facing the Cardinals' defense...

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"They're a defense that I really respect. (DT) Darnell Docket makes a lot of noise. I don't think he gets the credit that he should. He's definitely a playmaker and someone we need to account for as well as (S) Adrian Wilson. It's going to be a tough and physical game. We have to expect that those three and four yard runs are going to be there, they're going to happen. We just have to be patient in the run game and hopefully those long one's will come later in the game."

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur also knows the Rams have their work cut out for them.

The Rams look to avoid costly turnovers that have plagued this team all year. Shurmur wants Marc Bulger to make good decisions and get the ball out on time to try and eliminate tip balls and overthrows that Wilson and the rest of the Cardinals defense will take advantage of.

"They are a tough defense," Shurmur said. "They are big and they are physical. They've really got tremendous playmakers at all levels of their defense. They've got good defensive linemen, their linebackers are stout, and then Adrian Wilson, he's as good as there is in terms of playing close to the line of scrimmage and then their corners. Just like every week, this is going to be a great challenge for us and we're going to have to play our best ball to move the ball and score."

Jackson is fully aware of the prowess of Wilson as well.

"He has a linebacker kind of body," Jackson said. "He has a linebacker type of physic. He has huge range at playing the safety. He's a big time hitter. When they want to put an eighth guy in the box, he's the guy they lean on to tackle and put a lot of pressure on stopping the run game for them. He's a Pro Bowl caliber guy and a safety that I think is not only respected by us, but around the league."

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