ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 12: Rokevious Watkins #73 of the St.Louis Rams takes a break during rookie mini camp at the ContinuityX Training Center on May 12, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
St. Louis Rams rookies got a little bit of a break in their second day of practice at training camp. After working in 107-degree temps on Wednesday, it cooled to a positively frigid 93 degrees on Thursday. Since it was only the second day of practice and it was only rookies in shorts and shells, there was only so much they could do. There were a few notable happenings on the day, including one rookie who showed up out of shape.
Rookie guard Rokevious Watkins reported to camp out of shape, said Jim Thomas. He was held out of practice on Thursday, and will get some remedial physical training to get himself back in game shape. In the spring practices, the Rams, including Jeff Fisher, were hopeful that Watkins could compete for the starting left guard spot. That might be a bit optimistic. Though minor, the Watkins news is not a positive start to the position battle in the middle of the offensive line.
Tru Johnson told the media that he has not been approached by the coaching staff about a move to safety, something that was noted by Pro Football Weekly recently.
Michael Hoomanawanui is working with the rookies, the only veteran to be doing so. Maybe Watkins should spend time with Illinois Mike, who reported to camp lighter at 262 pounds and with just 10 percent body fat.