It's a wrap for the rookies. First-year players left the field on Friday, finishing up their final practice before the veterans join them on Saturday for team meetings. The full squad does not take the field until Sunday. Head coach Jeff Fisher sounded ready to get back to work after his one-year hiatus.
"I'm very excited," Fisher said. "Everybody's excited. Vets are inside watching practice through the window and coming in early and lifting and doing that kind of stuff. So everybody's excited to get going and I think it's smart the way we handle things now with acclamation."
Part of that acclamation process is getting the players ready to start hitting again.
"We can't put pads on until the fourth day," Fisher explained. "It's a mandatory three days to acclimate and that's throughout camp, so they're ready to go. They're ready to go out and play. The next step is pads and then the step after that is go play somebody else."
The rookies had shoulder pads on for Friday's practice, a step in that acclamation process Fisher was talking about. Fisher gave rave reviews for his rookies' first taste of camp life. More importantly, the Rams managed to stave off injuries. For any other team that might not be Earth shattering news, but given the Rams' past, it was notable.
"The third day, you're always concerned about the third day because that's the pull history, and we got through it without any problems," Fisher said. "So now they can rest and recover and they won't be doing anything tomorrow, maybe some light lifting. They'll join the team tomorrow, but there won't be any activity on the field."
Brian Quick and Chris Givens, two of three rookie receivers on the field this week, and earned a thumbs up from their head coach for early work.
"Chris (Givens) and Brian (Quick), both of them have a real good feel for what we're doing," Fisher reported. "I expect to see a lot more out of them once the numbers increase and they're fresh and things, but both of them are making plays and that's important."
The full squad take the field at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday for their practice of the season. That session is open to the public.
Mark Your Calendars: Be sure to join TST at practice on Tuesday, Aug. 7, where we'll be having a special get together for fans.