– The Rams returned to the practice field on Monday two days after their scrimmage and Fan Fest. Coach Jeff Fisher pumped the brakes a little, allowing his team to practice without full pads.
– The team also got a nice respite from the weather as temperatures hovered in the 90 degree range but not much more. Humidity was low as well.
– That opened the door for a practice coach Jeff Fisher was pleased with (of course, he usually is) and the team went through their paces for about two hours.
– On the injury front, the Rams are starting to get some players back though a few remained on the sideline.
– The good news for the defense was the return of DBs Darian Stewart, Josh Gordy and Jerome Murphy. Fisher said the Rams had to cut a period short last week because of a lack of DBs. That group is fine and all are expected to be ready for Sunday’s preseason opener, barring a setback of course.
– WR Danario Alexander also got back in the mix after missing the first week plus with a hamstring ailment.
– Alexander said he isn’t behind mentally and believes he can get caught up quickly. He didn’t get many balls thrown his way in practice though one deep ball from Kellen Clemens sailed too high for even Alexander.
– T Rodger Saffold did some work in individual but not in team drills.
– C Scott Wells is still a little ways away but Fisher said he’s making progress. Fisher expects Wells to be ready to go at some point for a game in this preseason.
– DT Trevor Laws did not participate as he continues to deal with a soft tissue injury. Same for RB Daryl Richardson.
– TE Lance Kendricks returned and got limited work.
– WR Brandon Gibson and CB Kendric Burney did some limited work in team drills but backed off a bit later on.
– Today was a day for a lot of mixing and matching. The Rams tried a number of different combinations, even with the first team. Rocky McIntosh and Josh Hull even got a shot with the first team defense at outside linebacker.
– Rookie WR Brian Quick also got some reps with the first team and came up with a nice catch on a contested ball deep down the right sideline over CB Bradley Fletcher.
– Wideout Steve Smith continues to find openings in the defense and came up with some nice catches, including on snatched whilst falling to the ground over his head.
– Barry Richardson took reps in Saffold’s place at left tackle.
– TE Michael Hoomanawanui also got some reps with the first team. He also had a nice day and continues to have a solid camp. That tight end battle is going to take a while to sort itself out but there’s quite a bit of talent to choose from. The coaches will not have any easy decisions, either, because this group has a lot of variety in terms of skill sets.
– Rookie RB Isaiah Pead had a busy day. I’ll have more about Pead and how he’s adjusting this week but he told me after practice that he keeps finding himself making a few mental mistakes every practice. I asked him if some of that comes from not being able to be here in the spring. Pead didn’t want to make excuses but he acknowledged that he thought it was possible because he’s repping a lot of things for the first time while others did them two or three times in the spring.
– Expect Pead to get a lot of work against the Colts on Sunday.
– That’s going to do it for today. As always, thanks for reading. Back tomorrow with more. And also, stay tuned this week for a special video feature I shot today with 101 ESPN football experts Steve Savard and Rick Venturi. Those two know their stuff and we had a lot of fun talking about all things Rams. We went for more than 30 minutes so expect it to roll out in pieces.
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