– The Rams got back to work on Monday under a cloud covered sky with temperatures in the low 80s. If this means summer has departed early, so long summer, you won’t be missed. It’s football season.
– On the field, the Rams had a trio of players back in action for team drills, including C Scott Wells, WR Brandon Gibson and S Darian Stewart.
– Getting Wells back might be the best news of all after he had missed all of this camp with a knee recovering from an offseason scope.
“He’s got a chance to play this week, yeah,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “It’s his first day back. He’s been participating in the walk-thrus. But he has a real good chance to play a little bit this week.”
– On the flip side, the following did not participate: WR Danario Alexander, DT Trevor Laws, DE Jamaar Jarrett, WR Brian Quick, CB Bradley Fletcher and S Quintin Mikell.
– Mikell and Quick are the new additions to the list but neither injury is considered serious and both should be back in practice this week according to Fisher.
– Rookie K Greg Zuerlein is human after all. He actually kicked one ball that wasn’t perfect, had low trajectory and went to the right. It’s the first ball I’ve seen him mis hit all camp. Seriously, the first.
– WR Greg Salas had a nice bounceback day, making some tough catches in his opportunities. Salas has seemed to slide down the depth chart the past week and a half or two weeks and Fisher talked about his progress after practice.
“He’s been solid,” Fisher said. “What you don’t’ see is his special teams contribution. He played well the other night. He’s been solid. It’s just a matter of fact that we just have a lot of guys out there, but he’s getting plenty of reps.”
– With Mikell out, the returning Stewart actually was on the field at the same time as Craig Dahl for the first time in camp. This defensive scheme does have designation between free and strong safety but it’s important for both players to know both positions in case of injury issues. That versatility could be a determining factor in who ends up where on the depth chart.
– I’ll have more on him this week but Stewart is champing at the bit to get back on the field after missing so much time in a heated competition. There’s still time to reclaim his job from last season.
– One of the best long ball hookups of camp came in team drills as QB Kellen Clemens found WR Chris Givens for a long touchdown.
– No change on the offensive line save for Wells plugging back in with the first team at center. Robert Turner worked with the 2s at center. No word yet on whether he’ll get a few looks at guard.
– TE Mike McNeill got some reps with the 1s. That’s how this camp is run. If you produce in the game, you get the chance to move up.
– RB Daryl Richardson bumped up to get some work with the second unit as well. Fisher was asked about competition between Richardson and Isaiah Pead at the spot.
“We’re going to try to put them in position where we can play them quite a bit in the next couple weeks,” Fisher said. “Jack (RB Steven Jackson) showed that Jack’s ready to go this year. He came out of the blocks quick. We’re going to try to get (Richardson) as many reps as we can. The staff has talked about trying to get their reps with the 1s. Get them in there and let them run behind with the first group.”
– Not clear whether that means Jackson’s work for the preseason is done or not but it seems likely he’ll be a bit more limited in the next two games to preserve him for the regular season.
– The Rams are back to practice tomorrow at 4 p.m. and again on Wednesday in the final practice in the actual “camp” portion of the preseason. If you haven’t had a chance to make it out for a practice, try to do so in the next couple of days. The oppressive heat is gone!
– As always, thanks for reading.
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