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Rams Inch Closer to Preseason Opener

Posted by nickwagoner on August 9, 2012 – 1:16 AM

– The Rams had perhaps the nicest day of camp so far with a 5:30 practice providing cloud cover and some nice, cool temperatures. The Rams are now just a pair of practices away from their first preseason game. Coach Jeff Fisher and Co. can’t wait.  

– On the injury front, WR Danario Alexander sat out as Fisher said he wasn’t “quite” 100 percent yet so the Rams backed him down so he didn’t have a further setback.

– RB Steven Jackson got a day off to rest.

– CB Trumaine Johnson, WR Brandon Gibson and DE Eugene Sims also were held out to rest tight soft tissue areas.

– C Scott Wells continues to work toward recovery. Same for DT Trevor Laws.

– DT Kendall Langford was excused with an illness.

– Still, none of the injuries are serious and Fisher said his team is in good shape heading toward the preseason opener.

– The Rams and Fisher continue to cultivate an environment of competition and nobody is immune to that. On Wednesday evening, Barry Richardson got his first run with the top offense at right tackle with Jason Smith working with the twos. Remember, the Rams have been mixing and matching everywhere but Fisher acknowledged that he wants everyone to step their game up.

“The more familiar he becomes with our system, the better he is,” Fisher said. “So obviously there is a lot of competition all over the roster and Barry is creating some competition at right tackle.”

– With Langford out ill and Laws still recovering from injury, the Rams used a heavy rotation at defensive tackle in his stead. Jermelle Cudjo and Matt Conrath continue to get the first opportunities though Darell Scott worked into the mix as well. Cudjo has had some nice moments in camp and continues to make progress.

– As for the happenings on the field, it was a sharp day for the offense, particularly in the red zone.

– In one sequence during team drills in the red zone, QB Sam Bradford threw two consecutive well places balls in the corner of the end zone to Austin Pettis, who brought both down while covered for touchdowns. With Gibson and Alexander on the sidelines, there are even more opportunities to be had.

– I’m sure that fresh legs make him jump out even more so grains of salt will be appropriate but RB Daryl Richardson contininues to look good in his second day back. The fresh legs make him “pop” a little bit according to OC Brian Schottenheimer.

– WR Brian Quick got tangled with CB Josh Gordy at one point and limped off a little bit. But he bounced back and finished the practice.

– Quietly, RG Harvey Dahl has strung together a long run of solid practices. Having Paul Boudreau, who coached him in Atlanta, back in the lead certainly should bode well for Dahl. That and the fact that his beard is back.

– Another good day for rookie RB Isaiah Pead. He’s shown some resiliency the past two days.

– That’s going to do it for today. Back at it at 3:30 tomorrow. Then a 5:30 practice on Friday before heading to Indianapolis for the preseason opener. As always, thanks for reading.

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