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Rams Pad Up for Wednesday Practice

Posted by nickwagoner on August 16, 2012 – 1:26 AM

– The weather continues to be downright gorgeous for the Rams in practice and they strapped the pads back on for Wednesday’s evening workout.

– Along with the pads comes a little more physical and intense workout. There was no shortage of any of that in this practice as the Rams got after it a bit.

– Some quick news on the roster:

The Rams released TE Jamie Childers.

They signed WRs Brandyn Harvey and Charles Gilbert.

Before the moves, the Rams were at 89 players on the roster, one below the limit of 90. Now they are the full 90.

– The additions come in light of some injuries at the WR position and some tired legs in camp. Harvey and Gilbert didn’t participate in practice, instead taking part in conditioning tests. Both should be able to chip in at Thursday’s practice.

– On the injury front: the Rams had a similar look on the sidelines as WRs Danario Alexander and Brandon Gibson, CBs Bradley Fletcher and Trumaine Johnson, S Darian Stewart, DE Jamaar Jarrett, C Scott Wells and DT Trevor Laws did not participate.

– Let me offer a little bit of a good sign on Wells’ progress: he participated in walk through line stuff with his group tonight, one of the first times he’s done something publicly aside from some individual work on the sideline. Still will be a little while but progress nonetheless.

– On to practice, the Rams worked on a lot of one on one things. One thing they do different from previous regimes: the one on one pass rush drills aren’t limited to D linemen and O linemen. Tight ends and linebackers integrate as well.

– In one extremely unfair matchup, Chris soundly defeated Joe in the battle of the Longs. To his credit, Joe Long fare a little better in his second try and Chris did his best to encourage and help Joe after the two reps were complete. That kind of competition is the best way to get better.

– TE Matthew Mulligan, who has been solid throughout camp, got introduced to the moves and ability that made LB Sammy Brown a pass rushing menace at Houston. Brown struck hard and quick, wobbling Mulligan on one down and blew by for what would have been a sack. One of the first noticeable flashes for Brown in this camp, let’s see if he is revving it up for a game this weekend.

– LB Aaron Brown might be the most overlooked player in this draft class but he continues to impress. He jumped in front of a receiver in a one on one drills for an interception. He’s also made a strong impression on special teams coach John Fassel. They say that for young defensive players to make an impression and make the squad, special teams is the way to do it. It would seem he’s doing just that so far.

– QB Sam Bradford has missed on his share of deep balls in this camp but showed some accuracy on some long ones in this practice including a nice long completion to WR Greg Salas early in practice.

– The Rams worked a lot of short yardage stuff in the red zone and had some success using a variety of looks. For obvious reasons, can’t go into much detail on specifics but some good production from that group near the goal line.

– One little known youngster who continues to jump out is S Rodney McLeod. Not sure what they put in the water down there in Virginia but there are two undrafted rookies from Charlottesville that figure to make things extremely difficult on the coaching staff when it’s roster cutdown time.

– That’s going to do it for today. As always, thanks for reading. Be sure to check out my piece on Danny Amendola on the front page with thoughts from him on moving into a leadership role. He’s really embraced it and has some interesting things to say about what this offense asks of him.

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