Just one more practice remains on the team schedule this week after a session this afternoon at Rams park ahead of Sunday's season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams have tomorrow off with a Friday session to put the final touches on the what plans they expect to implement early on in the game.
No surprise, Barnes named starting center.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) September 9, 2015
As Brandon Bate passed along from the weekly game notes provided from the team, Barnes is installed as the starting center. Not a huge surprise here with Demetrius Rhaney a physical force without, perhaps, a stronger grasp of the blocking assignments the center is required to adjust at the line.
We're close to official injury report season, but here's the practice situation:
Not practicing for Rams Weds: RB Tre Mason (hamstring), LB Daren Bates (knee). Bates did do some work on side.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) September 9, 2015
Saffold continues to get regular work at RG. Looks like he's a go for Seattle.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) September 9, 2015
Sounds like Bates will have to hold off on the opener, leaving a crucial special teams slot open as he's been one of the Rams' best special teams performers in recent years past. Cameron Lynch opportunity bell?
Rams players name team captains: QB Foles on offense; LB Laurinaitis and DE Quinn on defense; P Hekker and LB Bates on special teams.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) September 9, 2015
This doesn't really mean a ton, but it's nice optics. If anything, it represents the impact of Bates' injury on special teams.