Happy belated Mother's Day to all the life-givers of Ram Nation. I hope you each had a lovely day of free/expensive food, beautiful flowers and Hallmark cards. If not, shame on the majority of you TST readers.
It's been a slow two weeks since the draft, but things at least heated up over the weekend when there was finally some football activity to report on. The rookies have taken the field and excelled ... in no-contact "orientation." It may be pro football kindergarten, but it's a start. At least the only injury to report on is a leg cramp.
After the jump, let's talk football.
If you needed just one more piece of evidence that this regime will run the Rams much, much differently than seasons past, look no further than at what took place this weekend at Continuity X Training Center. Yes, "continuity" in this case means change. With Jeff Fisher the Rams will learn that practice and "work" can be both grueling and colorful.
If you still have any questions about any of the Rams ten draft picks, here is everything you could possibly need to know. St. Louis Ram Rookie Profiles:
Round 1 - DT Michael Brockers
Round 2 - WR Brian Quick
Round 2 - CB Janoris Jenkins
Round 2 - RB Isaiah Pead
Round 3 - CB Trumaine Johnson
Round 4 - WR Chris Givens
Round 5 - OL Rokevious Watkins
Round 6 - K Greg Zuerlein
Round 7 - LB Aaron Brown
Round 7 - RB Daryl Richardson
According to many in attendance at the Rams "rookie orientation," first round pick Michael Brockers appears as good as advertised. Well...as good as a player can look while lined up across from practice dummies. He, along with many other new Rams, shined this past weekend.
Undrafted rookie O-lineman, Michael Hay knows a few things about uphill battles. Once fighting for his life in intensive care as a result of a stab wound, the Syracuse product was told he may never play football again all before he ever played a college down. I'm rooting for this guy.
I won't get into this matter right now. Whatever I say can only appease half of the fanbase, so Sando can take the heat. The Rams will now begin to face more questions than ever before in regards to a new stadium and Los Angeles.
Every year there are multiple players who seemingly go from nothing to superstar overnight, but predicting them ahead of time is nearly impossible. Raise your hand if you had heard of Victor Cruz before last September. Exactly. Here is a list of many candidates whose names should be more familiar, including one second year Ram. Hint: he plays defense.
In case you haven't realized, the Rams have only one special teamer, long snapper Jake McQuaide, returning from last year. McQuaide is entering his second season and both the kicker and punter positions will now be manned by rookies. That's a lot of pressure. Kicker Greg Zuerlein all but owns his job starting day one, but there will be a competition for fourth-down quarterback.
Why is this relevant? Because Aaron Rodgers' view of a perfect center, Scott Wells, will now be snapping the ball to Sam Bradford. If you can stomach the title, have at this read. I do hope that Wells brings more to the Rams than just a high butt and a dry crotch.
A quick writeup of Sando's first impressions from the rookie minicamps and orientation around the NFC West. Could John Skelton one day throw a touchdown to his brother Steve Skelton in Arizona?
Believe it or not, it's true. Fisher and Dave McGinnis are quite proven in their background, but don't quite operate with the same gameplan as Williams, who blitzed five or more 50 percent of the time in New Orleans. Bounty talk aside, the Rams would have been much more aggressive with him calling the plays. Here is an interview with Adam Schefter, who weighs in.
Remember that guy who was the unequivocal best defensive end in the draft last year? The one who fell from a top-five pick well into the second round due to injury concerns? He's hurt again, and it doesn't look good... Da'Quan Bowers plans to play this year, and I hope he does. Can't help but feel for him.
What's the best way to light a fire under a player? Pretty much just go off on him. Apparently Cox hasn't immediately lived up to the standards that were placed on him when the Eagles traded up. Don't read too much into it, though. It's May and Jim Washburn will have no trouble speeding up his tempo.
Here is more on the future of the St. Louis Rams and what could be in store for both the city and the team.
It's so much cooler - and reassuring - to see Jeff Fisher in front of that Rams backdrop. Here is an interview from after Saturday's session.
Love you, mom. And you, Ram fans.