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Price is back ... to pay for missing time?

Posted by Albert Breer  June 12, 2010 06:35 PM

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Jenkins barely played at all over the first half of the season, but became a major contributor in the final eight games, before injuries limited him some in the playoffs. He now looks like Darren Sharper's heir apparent at free safety. Similarly, Wells and Hartline saw their roles increase, and the numbers improve as the season wore on.

So on the surface, it seems that Laurinaitis, who was drafted after Wells and Jenkins, is proof that the spring work does matter, though it certainly would've been easier to earn playing time for the Rams than with the Saints or Cardinals or Dolphins.

It's important to remember that Price also has to make the transition from an option offense to deal with, something he's been preparing for since college, though he did look impressive at rookie camp.

All this means that this week, Price tries to start catching up with his draft class-mates, and also the vets, in the fight for playing time in the fall. And so he'll be one to keep a keen eye on at minicamp.
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