The St. Louis Rams have one practice today, scheduled for 2 p.m. Let's hope it's a productive and injury-free affair. Tomorrow night, they'll have a 6:30 p.m. scrimmage at Lindenwood University. Anyone here at Turf Show Times planning to attend? Let us know in the comments if you are.
And now, a little news and discussion.
I guess you can't really talk about the Rams training camp without talking about the QBs. A.J. Feeley holds the starting QB spot, as you might have expected. This should come as no surprise. Spagnuolo has a documented preference for making his rookies, regardless of draft status earn their way into the starting lineup through camp. The two most notable players from last year, MLB James Laurinaitis and OT Jason Smith, were both starting in week 1 after spending considerable time in August with their respective second units. Bradford is getting reps with the first team, and I fully expect him to be the opening day starter.
The Feeley article linked above makes mention of the Rams offense improving as camp rolls into the one week mark. That's not the first time we've heard remarks about the offense's performance. It's way too early to read anything into it, but it signals to us that receivers grasp their routes well and all of the players understand the nuts and bolts of what the playbook expects of them. The Rams are establishing an identity on offense...which is more than can be said for some of their division rivals.
RB Chris Ogbonnaya is making his case in camp, earning some praise from Spags.
In a post yesterday, I mentioned that being on the sidelines in the opening days of camp ought to make OT Jason Smith that much more determined, hungrier. And it sounds like that's been the case. Here's what Spags told the press yesterday:
Yeah, absolutely. He’s fired up. The guy has been chomping at the bit to get in there and he’s had a chance to do that the last couple of practices. I think the rest of the guys feel it. I know he feels it. I think the coaches are happy about it, too.
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Injuries have been mostly minor for the Rams so far. Let's keep it that way.