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Rams could go after Cadillac to help Steven Jackson

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Rams G.M. Billy Devaney admitted last month on PFT Live that he’s done a poor job getting help for Steven Jackson in the Rams backfield.

After passing on running backs in the draft, the need is more desperate than ever.  St. Louis figures to invest in a third down back in free agency, with Carnell “Cadillac” Williams being the latest name floated.

Pro Football Weekly writes that Williams is “generating some behind-the-scenes buzz” at Rams Park.   Their source believes Williams would be a perfect fit, especially since he accepted a backup role in Tampa.

Williams is excellent in the passing game as a blocker and receiver, so he’d make a lot of sense for the Rams at the right price.  (He also hasn’t averaged four yards-per-carry since his rookie season, so he won’t get a starting job elsewhere.)

For a team with a lot invested at running back already, Cadillac would make for a better fit in St. Louis than more expensive options like Reggie Bush or Darren Sproles.

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19 Responses to “Rams could go after Cadillac to help Steven Jackson”
  1. 2mannings1cup says: May 23, 2011 7:35 PM

    That’s a good look by the Rams, however, irrelevant. Courtesy of the lockout everything is just speculation and will probably not come to fruition.

  2. Tyler Conway says: May 23, 2011 7:42 PM

    Am I the only one who thought this was going to be a story about how Steven Jackson was in financial straits and the team was going after the company Cadillac to endorse Jackson during the lockout?

    I mean, it was a far more plausible scenario than anyone thinking Cadillac Williams can help a backfield, right?

  3. Justin says: May 23, 2011 7:43 PM

    To be honest I can’t believe that Jackson’s body has help up like it has. Especially with how violent he runs.

  4. blountforce says: May 23, 2011 7:54 PM

    Since the first 3 gms of his career, Carnell has been average at best. He’s a feel good story and has a great nickname, but at 3.5 yds per carry, he offers nothing as a running back.

    In Tampa, we’re getting younger and more physical…. and Carnell doesn’t fit into either of those categories.

  5. airraid77 says: May 23, 2011 7:56 PM

    if the bucs keep to form of the last 6 0r 7 years, they will wait for the guys that have no market for them.
    meaning for the incredibly dense, almost every fa will be gone.

  6. jpmelon says: May 23, 2011 8:03 PM

    terrible decision…..Cadillac is done.

  7. deathmonkey41 says: May 23, 2011 8:10 PM

    If the Rams pursue Cadillac over Sproules- I won’t be shocked. Disappointed, but not shocked.

  8. agentcharlescarmichael says: May 23, 2011 8:22 PM

    They need SOME kind of help to take away from Stephen Jackson or he is going to go down rather quickly, if SOMEONE decent doesn’t get behind him he has two years left, three more years at the max.

  9. meatloaf025 says: May 23, 2011 8:26 PM

    I have a name: Tiki Barber. If Williams accepts to back up, Tiki will do the same for lunch

  10. dkeyser says: May 23, 2011 8:47 PM

    I’d take a DeAngelo Williams any day over whats left of Carnell

  11. nineroutsider says: May 23, 2011 8:51 PM

    I would not like to see this happen…there is still gas in that tank and the Rams need a quality guy like Cadillac to help Jackson with the load. Cadillac isn’t done, but he will still be more likely than Jackson to get hurt!

  12. msclemons67 says: May 23, 2011 8:53 PM

    How does having Cadillac on IR help Jackson?

  13. finfan1622 says: May 23, 2011 9:08 PM

    The Rams better have AAA for when the Cadillac breaks down again!!!

  14. atmedic8daily says: May 23, 2011 9:36 PM

    This sounds like football…?..? Did the Ocho tweet today?

  15. tombradyhonorsociety says: May 23, 2011 10:43 PM

    My grandfather always said “Why buy an old rusty Cadillac when you can get a shiny new car for cheaper”…They should have drafted SJax’s back-up.

  16. sethb222 says: May 24, 2011 12:15 AM

    Cadillac is holding workouts in Tampa with Josh Freeman, He’s a leader in Tampa. Tampa loves Cadillac and Cadillac loves Tampa. He’ll be there until he hits empty. This article is nothing but speculation…Cadillac will be in Tampa for the rest of his career.

  17. canjura says: May 24, 2011 1:51 AM

    I don’t agree that Cadillac is a better fit than Reggie Bush and/or Sproles. Both of those guys are everything Cadillac plus offer a return game and have shown they’re more durable than Cadillac (which isn’t hard to do, honestly) which warrant being paid more. I love Cadillac, I always wanted him to succeed, especially since coming off his first knee injuries, but realistically, loving him and wanting to endure his pains are two different things.

  18. bucsballer says: May 24, 2011 7:14 AM

    There goin for caddy for his blocking. Not as much as his running. If u watched the bucs last year he was a huge part of our ability to convert on 3rd down. His blocking is one of the best outa running backs in the league. I’d love to see him back in TB to protect Freeman

  19. armchairgm9 says: May 24, 2011 8:13 AM

    This is the effects of playing in a small market. Fans of other teams don’t get to see the pieces of the team that make it better, and not just the superstars. Caddy is one of the best 3rd down backs in the league because he’s an above average receiver for a back. More importantly, he’s near elite as a pass blocker. He’s great at diagnosing the blitz, getting to his landmark, and using leverage and physicality to throw a block. And there were times when he gashed defenses last year running the ball. He’s a smart player and a good influence on Blount. Watch every 3rd down play for the Bucs last year and you’ll see how important Caddy was to them. Unless his demands are simply too high, I don’t see him going anywhere but with the Bucs.

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