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Cornerback E.J. Gaines makes most of preseason start for St. Louis Rams

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St. Louis Rams defenders E.J. Gaines (33) and Cody Davis, right, drag down New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan (13) in the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) (The Associated Press)

E.J. Gaines had expected to hear his name called in the NFL draft long before the St. Louis Rams finally selected him in the sixth round. That frustration from months ago started to fade away once his name was being called over the Edward Jones Dome speakers.

With the Rams holding starters out of the lineup to assess their younger players, Gaines got the start at cornerback in the preseason opener Friday night and racked up a team-high six tackles - five in the first half.

Gaines says it was a dream come true to start his first preseason game, but he's still out to prove he can play at the NFL level.

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