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September 05, 1993

Flipper Anderson 83 Sixth Year Wide Receiver UCLA Although he has the highest average gain per reception (21.3 yards) of any active NFL player with at least 150 catches, Anderson's productivity has diminished the last two seasons. He was the Rams' third-leading receiver last year with 38 catches, but led the team with seven touchdown receptions.

Darryl Ashmore 77 First Year Offensive Tackle Northwestern Seventh-round pick in 1992 spent last season on injured reserve after injuring knee during camp. Was also injured briefly this summer but will back up at right tackle. All-Big Ten Conference and honorable mention All-American offensive lineman in 1991 after spending three seasons on defense.

Robert Bailey 28 Third Year Cornerback Miami A promising defensive back who made seven starts in 1992. Intercepted three passes, including a Steve Young pass that he returned 24 yards for a touchdown. Had 41 solo tackles. Appeared on TV soap opera, "The Young and the Restless" during the off-season.

Jerome Bettis 36 Rookie Running Back Notre Dame At 243 pounds, Bettis gives Chuck Knox the power runner he covets. Left Notre Dame after his junior season and was drafted 10th overall. Although an ankle injury limited his productivity in the second half of last season, he was second on the team in rushing with 825 yards in 154 carries.

Marc Boutte 96 Second Year Defensive Tackle Louisiana State Started 15 games as a rookie third-round draft pick. He led the team in forced fumbles with four and led all defensive linemen with six passes knocked down at the line of scrimmage. Had two forced fumbles and four solo tackles in a 31-17 loss to Minnesota.

Deral Boykin 21 Rookie Safety Louisville Picked in the sixth round. Started every game at Louisville last year and was fifth on team with 83 tackles. Was all over the place in college, playing running back and on return teams as a junior after transferring from Kansas, where he played defensive back.

Don Bracken 17 Eighth Year Punter Michigan Sat out 1991 after being released by Green Bay before season, but performed solidly for the Rams, averaging a career-high 41.1 yards per punt. Had 20 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line, tied for fourth in the NFC. Had longest punt in Rose Bowl history, a 73-yarder against Washington in 1982.

Jeff Brady 95 Third Year Linebacker Kentucky Claimed off waivers this week from Green Bay, where he played in eight games in 1992. Brady had seven tackles as linebacker but excelled on special teams, where he had nine--eight unassisted. Played in all 16 games for Pittsburgh in 1991. Began his career as a walk-on at Kentucky.

Bern Brostek 61 Fourth Year Center Washington Moved to center, the position at which he earned The Sporting News All-American honors in college, after spending 1991 season at guard. Started every game and missed only one series after losing a contact lens. Was Rams first-round draft choice (23rd overall) in 1990.

Richard Buchanan 89 First Year Wide Receiver Northwestern Made the team as a major long shot from Northwestern. Played in the World League of American Football, and in 1992, spent time with the Dolphins. Is Northwestern's all-time leading receiver with 197 catches for 2,474 yards. Set school record with 94 receptions in one season.

Blair Bush 51 16th Year Center Washington Signed as Plan B free agent from Green Bay. Was long-snapper last season and played center for a series against Atlanta when Bern Brostek lost a contact lens. On special teams, he was in on five tackles (four solo). First-round pick (16th overall) by Cincinnati in 1978.

Pat Carter 88 Sixth Year Tight End Florida State Last year, his fourth season with the Rams after being traded by Detroit in 1989, was the best season of his career. He started every game, making 20 receptions for 232 yards and three touchdowns. Was named first-team All-American by The Sporting News his senior year in college.

Shane Conlan 56 Seventh Year Linebacker Penn State Gave Rams a scare when he hyper-extended his knee in the first practice of training camp. The three-time Pro Bowl selection and unrestricted free agent from Buffalo is expected to upgrade the team's defense against the run, which was among the worst in the NFL last season.

Troy Drayton 84 Rookie Tight End Penn State Rams' tight end of the future has a chance to contribute immediately. Began career as receiver before switching to tight end as a junior. Set school record in receptions for a tight end with 36 for 488 yards. Always sleeps in same T-shirt the night before game.

Irv Eatman 75 Eighth Year Offensive Tackle UCLA Eatman came to the Rams as a free agent this season. He came into the league in 1986 with the Kansas City Chiefs after three seasons in the USFL. Eatman was traded to the New York Jets during the 1991 season. He missed the final four games last season with an ankle injury.

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