Friday, Aug. 7
With exactly one week until the Rams head to Oakland to play the Raiders in their first preseason game of 2015, tonight's scrimmage at Lindenwood University will give us a glimpse into the plans the coaching staff has put together thus far in training camp (full practice and preseason schedule available here).
The rotation between Tim Barnes, Barrett Jones and Demetrius Rhaney might get interesting tonight. Rhaney's scheduled for his day with the starters, but I wonder if the staff will want to use the scrimmage opportunity for whomever is the leader in the pack. Should be quite the test for the O-line going up against the Rams' starting D-line tonight...
Well, things continue to sound worse for CB E.J. Gaines and his foot injury. Nothing definitive publicly yet, but any optimism that he'd be out for a brief amount of time has been dashed.
RB Tre Mason was held out last night with some hamstring tightness, but that sounds pretty minor. He may not play tonight, but should be a go for the Oakland game at the latest. DT Doug Worthington and LB Korey Toomer were the only other new additions to the injury list of Gaines, CB Brandon McGee (knee) and G Cody Wichmann (calf). Both DE Chris Long and S Mark Barron were back in rotation last night.
It doesn't sound like we've got a UDFA breaking out yet, though the preseason games themselves often are the best providers in that area. Fish did allude to some positives regarding RT Rob Havenstein and RG Jamon Brown. Even if he was just pulling it out of thin air (which he's wont to do), still good to hear support for two rookie starting offensive linemen.
It's tough to get a strong sense here since the defense isn't going full out against their own offense. So while S T.J. McDonald and OLB Akeem Ayers aren't looking to knock the stuffing out of their own guys and the line avoiding crushing hits in the pass rush, we're gonna have to wait a week to see any real intent here. Let's see how much they're putting up tonight.
Stay tuned, and let us know what you're seeing either at camp or online.