ST. LOUIS (AP) Rams right tackle Jason Smith finds himself battling for playing time this summer with free agent signee Barry Richardson.
That's just fine with Smith, a former No. 2 overall draft pick who is working with the second string and did not start in the Rams' preseason opener at Indianapolis Sunday.
"Everything that's happening to me as far as, I think the word is demoted, to the twos or not working with the first string that's just great," Smith said. "I needed to earn the job. I needed to be accountable when I'm on the field and in the huddle."
Given where he was selected in the 2009 NFL draft, most players would expect to be entrenched as a starter. But the 6-foot-5, 308-pound Smith, who has had concussion and other injuries, has started just 26 of a possible 48 games.
Smith said he feels "great" and still believes he has what it takes to be a starting tackle in the NFL.
"Physically, I have all the attributes that I need to be successful," Smith said. "A lot of the...