A.J. Feeley #4 of the St. Louis Rams calls out a play at the line against the Minnesota Vikings during the preseason game at Edward Jones Dome on August 14 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Two-a-days are over for the St. Louis Rams, but plenty of work remains.
Spagnuolo was pleased enough with the team's progress to give them a break last night, sending everyone home early rather than hold another round of team meetings.
So far, Sam Bradford passes the eyeball test, looking every bit like the promising first overall pick in the eyes of reporters, pundits and fans. Sando said it would be an upset if Bradford were not starting in week 1. Of course, the offensive line and the running backs are going to have to step up their blocking for that to happen. Their performance in last week's preseaon game put even the most optimistic fans on edge, and calls for the Rams to take it slow with King Sam are already emerging...after just one preseason game. Vic Carucci does't explicitly suggest that in his column filed from Rams Park, but he does caution readers about the need to "bring Bradford along slowly."
What you do question is how well Bradford is going to hold up in his first year with the St. Louis Rams.
It's a risk without a doubt, but the offensive line has some time left to work out the kinks before live fire starts on Sep. 12.
Carucci has some other good tidbits in his column. He mentions that the Rams believe TE Fendi Onobun is much further along than they thought he would be, as well as some other dish on the rookie class. What really caught my eye though was his suggestion that the Rams are still looking to add a veteran WR and to keep an eye on what happens with Patrick Crayton in Dallas...another post on that coming later today.
Back to the o-line. I was breathing a little easier knowing that Hank Fraley was for now out of the mix in the starting five. Spagnuolo appears set with Rodger Saffold at LT, Jacob Bell at LG, Jason Brown at C, Adam Goldberg at RG and Jason Smith at LT.
NFL owners meet next week. Stan Kroenke's ownership bid should be on the agenda.