The Rams have added six more undrafted rookies to the roster with organized team activities on tap.
In turn, the veterans relaxed the rookies. The young players were welcomed into the locker room and given sage advice: Like, for example, Orpik telling the young defensemen which forwards in the NHL hit the hardest, in an effort to spare them injury. There was no old-school Capital making their lives hellish. They were allowed, by the veterans and the coaching staff, to make mistakes.
“The old guys have been very supportive on and off the ice. Leading by example every day. And the young guys are trying to take in as much as we can,” said Stephenson. “The older guys know when to keep it loose. But they also know when to be dialed in.”
He bounced around the NHL from the New York Rangers’ organization to the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Florida Panthers, who decided they didn’t want him because he was a 5-foot-9 forward and scored only 30 goals. It’s the proverbial story of the young Canadian boy who works hard, plays hard and eventually earns a six-year, $30 million extension, Conn Smythe buzz and this car:
That’s the word from Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com who writes that the Browns drafted Ward to be a shutdown corner and are likely to start him Week One and let him learn on the job.
Covering Brown is a tall order for any rookie, but if the Browns didn’t think that Ward was capable of that kind of task, they wouldn’t have used the fourth overall pick in the draft on him. The Browns thought Ward was the best defensive player in this year’s draft, and they want him to show it right away.