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Rams | Rookie tight ends struggle with blocking

Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams head coach Scott Linehan acknowledged earlier this week that the Rams are "young, scary young" at tight end, with two rookies atop the depth chart. On the opening day of training camp Thursday, July 27, QB Marc Bulger found out just how scary. "I don't know which one it was, but it was some protection issues" in a pass-blocking scheme, Bulger said after the first of two practices at Rams Park. "They have to realize that this isn't college. We're not going to baby them along. Two weeks from now we're playing Indianapolis, and one mistake like that could knock your quarterback out for the year." "They've got to understand the urgency," Bulger said. Rookie TEs Joe Klopfenstein (6-feet-5, 265 pounds) and Dominique Byrd (6-2, 254) put up impressive receiving numbers in college. Both said they realize that in the NFL, tight ends must be accomplished blockers, too.

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