The St. Louis Rams started OTAs on Tuesday. It was the first round of spring practices mixing both the rookies and the veterans from all sides of the ball along with the coaches. OTAs are not conducted in full pads, and they represent just one small step toward assembling the final team that will take the field in September, but it is something kinda, sorta close to football.
We'll take it.
There wasn't much news out of this week's opening session. It was closed to the media. One item that did bubble up on talk radio was that Jake Long was sitting out.
The team warned in the spring after signing Long that he would most likely be out to start spring practices, as he recovered from surgery on his left triceps. Fisher told the Post-Dispatch in March that Long could return to work during the middle part of OTAs.
With Long out, it raises the question of where Rodger Saffold worked. Did he go ahead and begin the transition to right tackle? Or did he stay on the left side? Either way, with no contact through OTAs, the detail is a minor one.
Here's the complete schedule of OTAs going forward:
The Rams eliminated the mandatory minicamp portion this year. As the official site explains, Fisher felt the additional time away was better for the veterans who are entering their second year in the same system. Hooray for continuity!