– The Rams rookies (plus TE Michael Hoomanawanui) completed their third and final practice of the week before the real thing kicks off on Sunday. The past three days have allowed those rookies to get their legs under them and ratchet things up before camp begins at full speed. There’s no slowing down now.
– Coach Jeff Fisher was pleased with how his youngsters performed through the trio of practices.
“Really pleased with it. As you can see we got to put some shoulder pads on and that was by design,” Fisher said. “We wanted to introduce the pads to them before next week when everybody puts them on. So, we were pleased. The third day, you’re always concerned about the third day because that’s the pull history, and we got through it without any problems. So now they can rest and recover and they won’t be doing anything tomorrow, maybe some light lifting. They’ll join the team tomorrow, but there won’t be any activity on the field.”
– G Rokevious Watkins was again the only player not to participate. His conditioning level isn’t yet where it needs to be. He took part in some stretching and did conditioning during the practice. With an opening at left guard, the sooner he can get in shape, the better for him.
– In some sense, the rookies will be pleased to have the veterans return. The past three days have left many of the rookies panting in the heat because of the amount of reps they’ve had to take. Wide receivers Brian Quick, Nick Johnson and Chris Givens seemed especially fatigued from all the running they had to do. Still, Fisher was pleased with how that group performed.
“Well they’re tired because there’s just three of them out here, but they’re coming on,” Fisher said. “Chris (Givens) and Brian (Quick), both of them have a real good feel for what we’re doing. I expect to see a lot more out of them once the numbers increase and they’re fresh and things, but both of them are making plays and that’s important.”
– Perhaps the most positive aspect of the three practices is that the Rams came out of it healthy. They’ll have their full complement available to them at their first practice on Sunday, which is certainly a good thing for the Rams.
– Now, the rookies will take a little break tonight and then report tomorrow for a meeting. The Rams veterans can begin checking into the team hotel this evening and are required to do it by tomorrow. After the meeting in the morning, the team will have conditioning tests then retire to the meeting rooms for the rest of the day. They cannot, by league rule, do any on field activities until Sunday.
– By the way, league rules say that teams can’t go into full pads until they’ve had three practices. Ergo, the Rams will be in full pads for the first time next Wednesday.
– Many of the vets are already in town and participated in Fisher’s softball game last night. There’s an air of excitement amongst everyone for the start of camp, according to Fisher.
“I’m very excited,” Fisher said. “Everybody’s excited. Vets are inside watching practice through the window and coming in early and lifting and doing that kind of stuff. So everybody’s excited to get going and I think it’s smart the way we handle things now with acclamation. We can’t put pads on until the fourth day. It’s a mandatory three days to acclimate and that’s throughout camp, so they’re ready to go. They’re ready to go out and play. The next step is pads and then the step after that is go play somebody else.”
– That’ll do it for today. There’s nothing open tomorrow but I’ll likely have a story for the front page and then we’ll dive in at full strength on Sunday. As always, thanks for reading.
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