The St. Louis Rams are alive. We can confirm it after they were spotted practicing, of all things, in St. Charles yesterday. Lockout ridiculousness continues, but it was refreshing to read reports of Sam Bradford and the Rams practicing like old times, old times we never really had a chance to get used to.
Rams gather for informal workouts
Practice was underway at Lindenwood University in St. Charles yesterday. Of the 30 Rams players on hand, the defensive line was not represented at all. Of course, there isn't much the DL can do in an informal practice session with no pads and just seven-on-seven work. Whatever the practices do or don't do, it was good to see the Rams players together practicing as they should be.
"True up" still represents biggest issue between NFL and players
An updated from PFT wonders when the players will make a counter offer to the NFL. Some expect that to come following the 8th Circuit Court's decision on the lockout appeal. Either way it's worth remembering that central question here is revenues and how those would be shared over the long term via the increased cap. NFL revenues were conservatively expected to grow to $9 billion this year and could reach $20 billion within a decade.
Owners talking lockout today
NFL owners are meeting in Indianapolis today for a regularly scheduled business meeting. Rather than the usual business, though, this meeting will be all about the lockout. Albert Breer's piece features Jeff Pash bemoaning the legal battle and throwing out quotes about the need to negotiate. Though he's right, it's interesting to head Jeff Pash talk about it since we're waiting on the court to decide the NFL's appeal.
Bulger doesn't want to play for the Cardinals
Marc Bulger, according to John Clayton, does not want to play with the Cardinals. Can you blame him? The Cardinals offensive line is a wreck, even before Faneca announced his retirement. Talk in league circles is that Bulger is more comfortable as a backup and wants to stay out East closer to his roots.
NFP Scouting Series: Alabama
Alabama doesn't have quite the senior class this year as it did last year in terms of NFL draft prospects. One player who fits a need for the Rams is DT Josh Chapman, a strong interior lineman who holds the point of attack with a little pass rush ability. He could even be a nose in a 3-4, or a one-technique in a 4-3 like the Rams'.