Rams Notes and Quotes

Not very familiar with what's been going on with the Rams? Scout.com helps you get up to speed with the some recent quotes and notes out of St. Louis to get you ready for the game. Check it out before kickoff!

-- WR Marques Hagans is making progress as a pass-catcher, and will likely get a look as a kickoff and punt returner in the exhibition opener against the Colts.

-- Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Dave Ragone for the No. 3 QB job has been shaping up as one of the big camp battles. Fitzpatrick outplayed Ragone in the team's scrimmage last Saturday, showing accuracy and poise. Ragone got better with work, but overthrew numerous receivers. Ragone played against the No. 2 defense, while Fitzpatrick faced the No. 3 defense, but Ragone was with the No. 2 offense.

--  Starting left tackle Orlando Pace likes the fact that it appears Linehan will make a commitment to running the ball. "We're really emphasizing the run, and going after it pretty good," Pace said. "It's one of those situations where we are running the ball a lot more in camp than I probably have since I have been here. Just the emphasis on the run, the technique, what the coaches want from us, you can tell it's a different regime.

"I like the balance, where teams don't come into the Edward Jones Dome saying, 'They're going to pass the ball 50 times a game.' I really enjoy the balance of knowing we can run and pass."

-- The addition of Moe Williams has added depth to the Rams' depth at running back, and while the team might still be on the lookout for another back, the play of Tony Fisher, as well as Williams, has coach Scott Linehan feeling better about the situation.

After a strong performance in a scrimmage last Saturday, Linehan said of Fisher, "I think Fish has really shown that he's our No. 2 legitimate back right now ... Fish is a younger version than Moe but maybe a different style runner. He (Fisher) certainly brings a lot of things to the table. He wears a lot of hats.

"He can be your No. 2 back, he can be your third-down back, he can be your first-down back in passing situations. He can go in on all the special teams and excel. He's excellent in a lot of the perimeter receiver-type things that you do with a running back. He's got a lot of value in all phases of our offense."

--S Ron Bartell suffered a sprained ankle in practice Aug. 3, and while he did not participate for two days, he did some running at the team's Aug. 5 scrimmage. "I think it was considered more of a mild sprain, considerable amount of swelling, but it's down low, which is a good sign," coach Scott Linehan said. "He told me he had a high ankle sprain last year which affected him. He said it's definitely better, which is good news. I know he's relieved - we all were - that it's not one of those long-term deals."

-- An under-the-radar signing late in the off-season, Paul Smith is currently the No. 1 fullback, ahead of Madison Hedgecock. Coach Scott Linehan said he likes Smith's "toughness." Linehan added, "He comes out every day and, first of all, he goes about his business and plays football with his pads on. That's what you want to see in a fullback. A fullback's role is a thankless job and he comes out every day and he tries to put it right on the numbers and put a guy on his back. Plus, he has the ability to catch the ball. He runs well enough to be a very, very good special teams player. He excelled in that role for Detroit the last couple of years."

-- G Mark Setterstrom has impressed the coaches with his technique and consistency. He might get some snaps with the first unit at left guard against Indianapolis.

-- TE Joe Klopfenstein has moved ahead of Dominique Byrd as the starting tight end. Byrd is also being used as an H-back

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