Open your window. Smell the air. Can you smell it? Can you taste it? It's football season!! Training camp is underway for every team in the league now and as we all know, every player looks like a pro bowler, and every draft pick will work out fantastically.
Social media is playing a bigger role than ever in the NFL today. Twitter especially has provided a great avenue to get information form fans in attendance in practice, but remember, it's only practice. There are many players who look amazing in practice, and then can't do a thing in games. The opposite is also true. And despite what many will tell you, not everyone is exactly trying their hardest just yet. It's week one of training camps. Take a breath people.
The great NFC West blogger was in attendance in Rams camp for the last two days. His recap is really the only one you need to read. An interesting point he brought up was that Fisher stopped players in the middle of practice to stretch. Many thought it was over. It wasn't . Jeff Fisher noted that many muscle pulls occur during the third day of practice and he wanted to make sure the players were properly loose. Attention to detail may be the biggest strength of Fisher. Steve Spagnuolo did pay attention to little things, but I doubt his firing of the long time equipment manger was the right thing to focus on.
Brain Burwell says yes. The NFL is and will always be a "what have you done for me lately" league. Sam had an amazing rookie year and many thought he was the next big thing. Then last year happened and the focus is now on Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffen III, and of course TEEEEEBBBBBBOOOOOOWWWWWW!!! Bradford still has all the talent you could ever ask for in a QB. He still has a chance to be very, very special.
Two days ago the Rams announced that they reached a contract extension with Chris Long. Yesterday it was revealed that the deal is 4 years for nearly $50 million dollars with $27 million guaranteed. He is well worth it. Now this gives the Rams a chance to focus on resigning another key player...
James Laurinaitis not worried about new deal
Laurinaits says he is not focused on getting a new deal done with the Rams. He says he is focused on the season currently and he'll let his agent handle his contract. Right now he is in the last year of his rookie deal and will make $620,000, a steal for the Rams. Don't be surprised if the Rams reward their great young LB in the next week or so.
Biggest position battles in the league
Ryan had a great piece up (as usual) for the mother site reviewing the biggest position battles in the NFL. The Rams WRs made the list, along with Arizona's QB battle between John Skelton and Kevin Kolb.
Video of the week: HARDCORE PARKOUR!!!!
That's all for today. Have a good one and GO RAMS!!