– The Rams wrapped up their first full training camp portion of the preseason under coach Jeff Fisher on Wednesday with some shenanigans and hijinks but before we get to that, there’s a little business to attend to.
– As we wrote in this space earlier today, the Rams dealt CB Josh Gordy to Indianapolis for a future draft pick. It’s believed the Rams will keep five corners on the final roster and those five will almost certainly be Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, Bradley Fletcher and Jerome Murphy.
– With Gordy gone, the Rams had an opening on the active roster, an opening they filled Wednesday night in signing DE Vernon Gholston.
– Gholston is a low-risk signing who was once the No. 6 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. In fact, the Rams under Scott Linehan once considered Gholston in a trio with Glenn Dorsey and Chris Long for the No. 2 overall pick. Clearly, the Rams took Long and never looked back.
– Gholston had a reputation for his freakish physical skills but hasn’t been able to translate those into NFL production. With the Jets, he was a bit miscast as a 3-4 edge rusher but never found his way to any sacks.
– In coming to the Rams, Gholston will be asked to try to get up to speed quickly and at least fill in for a while. DE Eugene Sims suffered an undisclosed injury in Tuesday’s practice and was helped off the field favoring his leg or foot. If he’s out for an extended period of time and with Jamaar Jarrett still coming back from an injury, the Rams are short on bodies at DE. If nothing else, it’s a chance for Gholston to show some promise and work with one of the best defensive line coaches in the game in Mike Waufle.
– The Rams also worked out veteran DE Andre Carter on Wednesday.
– Right now, the only healthy DEs the Rams have are Chris Long, Robert Quinn, William Hayes, Scott Smith and now Gholston. Long and Quinn won’t play much more than a quarter or so against Dallas so the extra body could certainly come in handy.
– Others sitting out Wednesday’s practice alongside Sims and Jarrett: WR Brandon Gibson, S Darian Stewart, S Craig Dahl, CB Bradley Fletcher, WR Danario Alexander and DTs Darell Scott Trevor Laws.
– K Garrett Lindholm got into the long field goal act, hitting a 60-yarder.
– It needs to be said every once in a while so we don’t take it for granted but WR Danny Amendola is a bad man. All he does is get open, catch balls and make plays. He seems poised for bigger and better.
– In one sequence, Quinn Ojinnaka committed a false start penalty and rookie Rokevious Watkins got a much coveted shot with the first team offense. But Watkins apparently messed up his assignment, was promptly yelled at by OL coach Paul Boudreau and excused back to his spot in favor of Ojinnaka.
– So, apparently, Fisher has a long standing tradition of how to close a training camp. It’s dizzy bat races for all rookies and training camp interns in the training room and equipment room. The participants all line up at the goal line, run a football about 25 yards, drop it and race to a circle set up. There, they take a baseball bat and spin 20 times while being harrassed by their veteran teammates. That harrassment includes dumping ice and water on the youngsters. When they get done, they have to gather themselves,run to the ball again and run back.
– Players fall over, hilarity ensues and everybody enjoys it. DE Chris Long even said he wished he’d had the chance to participate.
– The highlight? At the very end, WR Nick Johnson had a chance and when he got done spinning, his teammates pointed him in the wrong direction. He promptly ran the 50 yards the wrong way to the delight of his teammates.
– Then, the team rewarded the fans for coming out with a long autograph session.
– All in all, a successful training camp but a lot of work remains for this team before the regular season.
– Don’t worry, the updates will continue throughout the season. Thanks for reading as always and if you made it out to see a practice, thanks for coming.
– Until tomorrow…
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