May 23, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson (26) catches the ball during an OTA at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher gave his rookie class a big vote of confidence on Wednesday afternoon. Fisher said that the rookies were "all caught up" on learning the playbook. Fisher was pleased enough with the entire team to give them a day off on Thursday before one final day of OTAs on Friday.
The rookies have plenty of work left to do. With the playbook installed, they can start working on reps in next week's minicamp, rather than making each play a new experience. Really, the same could be said for all players who are learning a new system under Fisher and his staff.
Last season, training camp was the first chance players had to start working on the playbook directly with coaches. This year, instead of trying to learn a system and practice it at the same time, teams can devote their energy to simply practicing. It should be a big help for the Rams and all other NFL teams.