July 27, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams safety Rodney Mcleod (38) stretches after training camp at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
The situation at safety got a new wrinkle to it on Wednesday when the St. Louis Rams took the field for their final open practice at training camp. Darian Stewart and Craig Dahl were not in pads, according to our eyes on the scene @Wynnde13.
Undrafted rookie free agent Rodney McLeod played his way into first team snaps on Wednesday. With Dahl and Stewart watching practice from the sidelines, it means McLeod could be seeing a very heavy load in practice. In preseason play, McLeod has made noise with the second team and on special teams, something Jeff Fisher noticed too.
"Rodney's doing fine," Fisher said following the Rams loss to the Colts in their first preseason game. "Playing special teams and doing some good things. Actually, in the second half he was involved in some plays last week."
A Virginia product, McLeod is tied with Trumaine Johnson for the team lead with seven tackles through the preseason. He also recovered a fumble against the Chiefs last week. Ball skills are nothing new for him. In his final year with the Cavaliers, McLeod picked off four passes and breaking up seven more on his way to an All-ACC honorable mention.