– The Rams just finished up their Thursday practice and now get to head out for a full four consecutive days off (as per the CBA).
– Coach Jeff Fisher was pleased with how his team responded this week and in today’s practice considering the fact that it had a little bit of a day of semester break feel to it. The work that needed doing got done and now his team can turn its attention to the 49ers upon return next week.
– Fisher was again asked about the return of WR Danny Amendola and T Rodger Saffold. That pair was limited again but the outlook is certainly bright for Amendola. Saffold’s situation is a bit more murky. We’ll see how Saffold is when the Rams return next week.
– As for RB Steven Jackson, the trade deadline is coming in about 25 minutes and there appears to be nothing going on as Fisher indicated would be the case earlier this week.
– Jackson, as is always the case, faced the media on Thursday and addressed the rumors floating around about him. As usual, he handled it with class and answered every question without blinking. I’ll have more on this later but here’s a sample of what he had to say:
“I was very aware of certain speculation and what was going on,” Jackson said. “But one thing about me and even going back to my holdout, I understand that this is a business and that when a particular team has options or is taking phone calls doesn’t mean they want to get rid of me. It’s the interest of other teams to see what may happen…I’m not offended by it nor am I going to be distracted by it. I’m ready to go into this bye week and get away from it for a weekend but come back ready to finish strong the next eight games.”
– Jackson said he does his best to stay out of the business side of it and lets his agent handle things. He also said Fisher and new GM Les Snead have been very transparent with him and have given him the respect of keeping him informed as the season goes on.
– He also made it very clear he feels like he still had unfinished business here in terms of getting to the postseason and winning championships.
– Jackson also said he was not quite sure if there would be any type of discussions or negotiations about a potential contract extension before the end of the year but that communication between his agent and the Rams front office would happen “at some point probably more toward the end of the season.”
– With all of that said, Jackson’s focus remains on the 49ers and the final eight games of the year.
– Thanks for reading. I’ll have periodic updates through the weekend here but most of the stories will be rolled out on the home page until the team returns Tuesday.
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