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Rams Add DT Gill, Release P Malone

Posted by nickwagoner on August 17, 2012 – 9:13 PM

- The Rams made another roster move Friday, opting to release punter Tom Malone and sign defensive tackle John Gill.

- With veteran DT Trevor Laws not participating because of a leg injury, the Rams are a little light on the interior of the defensive line and on the heels of a superb performance from rookie P Johnny Hekker in the preseason opener, the moves made sense in advance of tomorrow night’s preseason contest against Kansas City at the Edward Jones Dome.

- Malone had worked in primarily a backup role to Hekker early in camp but Hekker’s performance last week, including a 67-yard punt that went out of bounds at Indy’s seemed to take any possible drama out of the competition. The Rams originally signed Malone to a futures deal back in January.

- Gill, who is listed at 6’3, 302 pounds, played college ball at Northwestern and has bounced among the rosters of the Eagles, Lions and Colts in his time in the league.

- Gill is not a rookie and actually came into the league in 2009 with the Colts and played in two regular season games.

- With Laws not practicing or playing, Gill likely fits the bill as more depth behind starters Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford. Rookie Matt Conrath and young veterans Jermelle Cudjo and Darell Scott have handled primary backup duties to this point. Gill could join Cornell Banks behind that group in the preseason rotation though it’s uncertain if he’ll be available to play Saturday against the Chiefs.


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Preseason Finale Moved to 6 p.m.

Posted by nickwagoner on August 17, 2012 – 1:53 PM

- The Rams announced on Thursday that there has been a change to the schedule for the preseason, moving the finale against Baltimore at the Edward Jones Dome from a 7 p.m. to a 6 p.m. start time.

- We’ll provide reminders multiple times between now and the game. Here’s the official statement from the team yesterday:

St. Louis – The Rams’ preseason finale at the Edward Jones Dome on Aug. 30 will start one hour early than previously scheduled, the team announced today. The Rams and Baltimore Ravens will kickoff at 6 p.m. CST rather than the 7 p.m. time slot for which the game was initially scheduled.

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Thursday Practice: Bradford’s Ankle, Quick’s Strong Showing

Posted by nickwagoner on August 17, 2012 – 12:03 AM

- The Rams moved practice indoors for the first time in this training camp but not because of heat, because of rain and storms.

- A big thunderstorm hit the area on Thursday afternoon and though it cleared around 3:30, the Rams had already moved inside. That meant less space for more players but it didn’t prevent a few players from shining.

- On the injury front first, WR Brandon Gibson and S Darian Stewart both got some work in early in the practice but backed off later and sat out the second portion of team drills.

- CB Trumaine Johnson did return to action after a couple days off.

- CB Bradley Fletcher is still dealing with a rib injury and did not practice.

- C Scott Wells continues to make progress and even got work in individual drills. Each practice this week he’s done more.

- DE Jamaar Jarrett, WR Danario Alexander and DT Trevor Laws continue to sit out.

- As for a hot topic that has been discussed a lot in recent weeks and may or may not be an injury discussion, QB Sam Bradford made it clear that he feels healthy and his ankle is not an issue. Here’s what he had to say when asked about potentially needing surgery on the ankle at some point.

“That would be news to me,” Bradford said. “To be honest, I am tired of talking about the ankle. Until it causes me to miss reps or miss time, it’s a non issue.”

- Coach Jeff Fisher echoed those sentiments, even cracking wise on the topic.

“He’s doing fine,” Fisher said. “I think it won’t go away because everybody keeps asking. Quit asking him and it will heal up.”

- Bradford has not missed a rep and the general word on the ankle is that it’s sore after exertion. That’s not unusual for an athlete recovering from an ankle sprain.

- As for the on the field work, there was one player who stood above the rest in Thursday’s practice: rookie WR Brian Quick.

- Quick is getting reps with the first team this week and he’s now put together perhaps his two best practices of his young career. He skied for a ball from Kellen Clemens in 7 on 7s and brought it down in the end zone then proceeded to catch everything thrown his way during the workout. Fisher said Quick looked like he did at his now famous workout at Appalachian State and said maybe Quick just likes the indoors. That could bode well since the Rams play indoors.

- Here’s what Bradford had to say on Quick’s practice performance:

“Wow, it looked like the lightbulb came on today for him,” Bradford said. “He had a great practice, made a lot of tough catches in practice.”

- TE Michael Hoomanawanui has slowly but surely worked his way back in with the first team and got a number of reps there on Thursday.

- Quick isn’t the only rookie WR getting some run with the top unit: Chris Givens did as well Thursday. Bradford threw one beautiful deep ball for Givens on a deep post that was just a little too deep. Those two are still working on their timing as Givens has worked mostly with the backup units this training camp.

- C Robert Turner missed some reps late for an undisclosed issue. Tim Barnes took the reps with the top offense in his stead.

- A lot of work in today’s practice for RB Steven Jackson and even more of it came in the passing game. Jackson could get back to his pass catching ways more in this offense. He looked smooth and comfortable in that role.

- The Rams were in pads for the second day in a row and again the intensity was ratcheted up a bit. At one point, a small skirmish broke out between S Craig Dahl and OL Kevin Hughes. Rookie LB Aaron Brown then jumped in and so did others as assistant secondary coach Brandon Fisher jumped in to break it up.

- Watching the one on ones between the running backs/tight ends and linebackers/safeties provided some interesting early practice entertainment.

- FB Ovie Mughelli showed why he has the reputation he does. He just stood up a number of linebackers as though they were dreaded prom dates during the drill. He’s still working his way into the mix with the top offense but you can see he still has something left in the tank.

- The aforementioned Aaron Brown looks supremely quick in that type of drill and had a couple nice rushes. Same for Noah Keller, who seemed like he was propelled by about 17 Red Bulls during the workout.

- Fisher said the starters will play a bit more this weekend against Kansas City though it will only be about a series more. For what it’s worth, Fisher actually values the final preseason game a bit more than others so he literally plans to give his starters more work each week the preseason goes leading into the regular season.

- It’s likely the Rams will be a little less vanilla in their play calling against the Chiefs but it’s still going to be fairly bland. As of Thursday evening, Bradford said the Rams hadn’t even talked about the game.

- No practice tomorrow but I’ll have a couple stories for the front page with a preview and a blog here as well.


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