- The Rams just got finished with Friday’s OTA, No. 6 overall. Now, they will depart for a week before resuming with OTA No. 7 on June 5.
– Coach Jeff Fisher said Wednesday that about 70 percent of the offense and defense had been installed and with another OTA in the books, it’s safe to assume the team moved closer on Friday.
– Most of the non-participants from Wednesday remained the same. C Scott Wells was still not present because of an excused absence.
– DT Michael Brockers, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, WR Danario Alexander, CB Josh Gordy, S Matt Daniels, LT Rodger Saffold and DT Trevor Laws were all limited or did not practice.
– DE Chris Long also did not practice.
– Same for DT Darell Scott. Scott had a walking boot on his right foot.
– Fisher is not available to talk on Fridays so the reasons for the addition to the list were unclear.
– If there’s a benefit to some guys missing time at this time of the year, it’s that it creates opportunities for others to get some reps with the top team. For example, Jermelle Cudjo, coming off a back injury that kept him out last year, took some turns with the top unit.
– Robert Turner has worked as the first team center without Wells and the Rams continue to work out a variety of different looks on the offensive line at guard and tackle.
– A lot of work done on Friday was in the red zone. One thing Fisher seems to like doing is having his No. 1 offense and No. 1 defense square off. On Friday, the offense looked as sharp as it has in the handful of time that the team has been back on the practice field.
– QB Sam Bradford had one of his better days and seemed to be making quick, decisive throws that were on target.
– WR Michael Campbell, who came to the Rams as a tryout guy continues to impress. He seems to have a knack for getting open and making catches but it’s important to remember these guys are in shorts and jerseys and he’s going up against guys lower on the depth chart at CB.
– WR Greg Salas bounced back from an early drop with a nice touchdown grab between defenders as Bradford threaded the needle.
– Steve Smith had a nice TD grab on a long pass from Bradford in the two minute drill.
– A few plays later, rookie CB Trumaine Johnson went one up with WR Brian Quick on a deep ball and made a picture perfect pass breakup in the end zone. One thing very evident without pads is that the rookie CBs have some serious ball skills. We’ll see how it translates.
– As always, everything that happens in these practices should be taken with a big grain of salt. No pads and most of the work is install work. It’s competitive, sure, but it’s a preparation for training camp.
– Thanks for reading. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.
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