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Random Ramsdom: We're Being Smart Right Now

Lots of subtle stories out there today as the NFL season slowly picks up speed. Injuries are already playing a role and rookies and veterans alike are stepping up to ensure a roster spot. Amazingly, no one retired in San Fransisco these last few days!

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Fisher presser- "It's going to be a significant change" -St. Louis Rams

We're being smart right now.

DT Nick Fairley losses too much weight -Fox Sports

Yes, really.

Conditioning struggles dogged the former first-round pick through the first three seasons of his NFL career with the Detroit Lions, which prompted the Rams to include a $500K workout incentive on his current one-year deal. It proved effective -- Fairley hired a chef and dropped below 300 pounds. After an injury-shortened 2014 season, he signed with the Rams and seems to have put his conditioning struggles behind him.

There were some legit questions about signing Nick, most of which revolved around his dedication to the game, personified by his conditioning struggles. This is a good sign that he is here to play.

Meanwhile, in San Fransisco...

You're NOT gonna believe it! The Rams are going young on the O-line! -Pro32

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Rams rookie Rob Havenstein could not have picked a better spot to start his NFL career.

The offensive tackle from Wisconsin is known for his run blocking, which fits in well with coach Jeff Fisher's offense.

"That's one of the things coach Fisher has told me is we're going to run the ball. . We definitely ran the ball a lot (at Wisconsin) and from everything coach Fisher has told me, I'm going to have an opportunity to do that as well," Havenstein said.

Injuries and nagging questions -ESPN

One position of unquestioned depth--strong safety-- is a bit worrying at the moment with both TJ McDonald and Mark Barron both injured and not practicing. Fisher is vague about what has happened to McDonald, but assures us that he will be ready for camp. Details on Barron's injury are more elusive than prehistoric sea monsters living in freshwater lakes in Scotland. Anything at this point, would simply be a guess.

Joining Barron and McDonald in sitting out Tuesday's practice were receiver Damian Williams, running back Todd Gurley, cornerback Brandon McGee, tackle Steven Baker, guard Cody Wichmann and tight end Alex Bayer. Gurley continues to get plenty of work on the side. Receiver Brian Quick, guard Rodger Saffold and tackle Greg Robinson continued to work only in individual drills.

OTAs on the Bay -49ers

Boldin, who worked out at his home in Florida, sported a hoodie under his trademark No. 81 jersey and attached spare receiving gloves to his face mask


Richard Sherman gets butthurt -ESPN

"That was unfortunate," Sherman said Tuesday after Seattle finished an OTA session. "You would think after me helping him get a Pro Bowl bid [for the 2014 season] ... We went to the Super Bowl and he wouldn't have made it to the Pro Bowl otherwise. And now he's talking bad."

The Cards mini camp -Revenge of the Birds

The Arizona Cardinals had their first mandatory mini-camp practice on Tuesday. I was there on the scene. Here is some of what I observed. I got audio from Carson Palmer, Bruce Arians and Deon Bucannon, so other stories will follow.

And of course...some tunes!