I attended the Rams Fan Fest and I must admit, I came away impressed. The confidence and swagger the players came out with is a stark contrast from previous teams.
As for the play on the field, the team looked good, but not great. The defense looked game ready, and the defensive line definitely was a highlight. They continuously stuffed the middle and got pressure around the edge particularly ends Robert Quinn and Eugene Sims. The defensive backfield also looked good. Jenkins already looks like an NFL corner. Trumain Johnson has the skills to become a great CB as well, but needs some more work, but the ability is there. The biggest question marks will be the outside linebackers and safeties.
The offense is a work in progess, but you can see the pieces for a good offense are there. My biggest concern with this team is the offensive line. They seemed to have difficulty moving the big defensive tackles at times, and the tackles got beat by the edge rushers more than one would like. You have to keep in mind the team was without Rodger Saffold and Scott Wells. The sooner they get back the better, the longer they are out, the more concerning it gets. Bradford's throws looked good, Steven Jackson looks ready, and Brandon Gibson was the best receiver of the day and is making a strong case to make the team. Chris Givens definitely has the speed to stretch the field. Brian Quick definitely needs more work, often looking like he is thinking too much out there and not just getting out there and playing. Isaiah Pead has some quick feet and a great burst, will be fun to watch him develop.
Overall, this was the best event the Rams have put on in recent memory, and the excitement and anticipation of the season could be felt everywhere. The team still needs more work and practice, but have enought talent to put together something worth watching, which for any Rams fan is music to our ears.