Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 6/13/12
ST. LOUIS Chris Long is in transition. Not long ago, the St. Louis Rams premier defensive end was a rookie fascination. Not long ago, he was the second-overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft with famous family ties to complement his promising size and speed. He was Chris Long, the unproven-but-gifted son of Hall of Famer Howie Long. He was Chris Long, the consensus All-American from Virginia who called the moment the Rams selected him the best of his life. He was Chris Long, the low-risk pass rusher whom then-St. Louis coach Scott Linehan viewed as a no-brainer to pick the night the Santa Monica, Calif., native became a centerpiece of the Rams future at defensive line. Long remains so only hes more seasoned after 64 games with 149 tackles and 30 sacks for his career. On Tuesday after a minicamp session, he looked toward an empty practice field at Rams Park and considered the passing of time. In three months, St. Louis will begin a season of renewal, and hell be trusted to provide...
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