RAMS EXTRAS

Rams add two receivers, have 12 on roster

2012-08-16T11:55:00Z 2012-08-16T14:24:12Z Rams add two receivers, have 12 on rosterBY DAN O'NEILL • doneill@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8186 stltoday.com

It was subtraction by addition on Wednesday at Rams Park.

First, the team cut free agent Jamie Childers, one of the eight tight ends attending camp. At the same time, the team added free agent wide receivers Charles Gilbert and Brandyn Harvey. Both were signed after working out on Wednesday morning.

There are a few angles with which to consider the transaction. On one hand, the new guys become receivers Nos. 11 and 12 on the roster — that's an even dozen, cousin. But two of those listed, Danario Alexander and Brandon Gibson, regularly have been held out of practices because of leg ailments.

Thus, the operation has been relatively short-handed, with eight active receivers complementing four quarterbacks.

So, you might suggest Gilbert and Harvey are here to provide "camp legs," and little more.

Harvey, 24, played four years at Villanova, where he caught 53 balls his senior season and finished with a career average of 14 yards per catch. He has spent time around NFL camps and practice squads in Atlanta and Arizona. At 6 feet 4, 205 pounds, Harvey has an intriguing frame.

"I was at home in San Diego, just hoping someone would call me," said Harvey, who wore No. 19 on the sidelines but did not participate on Wednesday. "My mindset is like it always is — just go in and work hard every day and let the rest determine itself.

"There's no pressure. You always want a challenge in life and football is what we do. No matter if I came in two weeks ago or come in today, it's going to be 'work hard' every day."

Gilbert was in camp with Jacksonville before getting cut Monday.

He is from that perennial pigskin powerhouse (wink, wink) Concordia-St. Paul, an NCAA Division II program. He played two seasons at Concordia, finishing with 89 receptions for 1,941 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also returned 29 kicks for a 23.3-yard average.

At 5 feet 11 and 167 pounds, he tested as one of the fastest players on the Jaguars' camp roster, clocking a 4.5 in the 40. He also has a 38-inch vertical leap.

"The approach is pretty much every chance you get you try to make a big play," said Gilbert, 25, who wears No. 17. "You just go out and try to do whatever you can, whether it's practice squad or whatever. You just do everything you can to impress some coaches."

Already late to the party, Gilbert stayed after practice on Wednesday, observing other receivers in action, talking with free agent quarterback Austin Davis. There's a lot of catching up to do and not much time to do it.

"You study, you pull an all-nighter," Gilbert said with a smile. "You try to absorb as much as you can. You get with your quarterback, talk with guys and try to learn as much as possible. I'm excited. It's a great opportunity for me, so you try to make the most of it."

Saturday's game on TV

The 7 p.m. exhibition game Saturday against Kansas City at the Edward Jones Dome will be televised locally on KTVI (Channel 2). Meanwhile, the Rams last full practice of preparation will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, a session that is free and open to the public.

Tackle stats

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson led the Rams with six overall tackles on Sunday, four solo stops and two assists. Another cornerback, Jerome Murphy, led the team in solo tackles with five. Safety Rodney McLeod had three solo tackles and two assists, while corner Josh Gordy chipped in three solo tackles and one assist.

Ram-dom thought

The Rams' four top tacklers in Indianapolis were defensive backs. That's probably an achievement the coaching staff would prefer to avoid once the real games begin.

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