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Rams Finish Third OTA

Posted by nickwagoner on May 24, 2013 – 6:15 PM

- The Rams were back on the practice field again Friday afternoon, going through the third OTA on the schedule. They’re nearly a third of the way through the OTA schedule already and now head off for a little bit of an extended break coinciding with the Memorial Day weekend.

- From here, the Rams will not have any OTAs next week though there are some workouts scheduled. The next OTA is scheduled for June 3. The rest of the schedule includes OTAs on June 4, 6, 7, 11, 13 and 14.

- Friday’s practice came under the sunshine after a somewhat chilly, overcast day on Thursday.

- Feature story on RB Isaiah Pead is coming later today but here’s a quick quote from him that gives you an idea of where he is as he approaches a season full of opportunity for a Rams running back.

“I look at it as an opportunity every day,” Pead said. “Whether it’s Steven being gone or somebody getting a question wrong and I get the question right. Every small opportunity that I can capture or see, I try to capture it. This one will be a bigger opportunity but I’m trying to capture it as if it was a small one.”

- Had a chance to catch up with Swiss Army Knife D-lineman William Hayes for a bit today and I’ll have a story on him next week but he offered some insight into his decision to re-sign with the Rams. I’ll save the details but Hayes said he instructed his agent during the process to make a deal work with the Rams. Although he had plenty of interest from other teams and the chance for more money and even a potential starting job elsewhere, Hayes said he had no intention of going anywhere and he did what was necessary to stay in St. Louis.

- As for today’s practice, let’s again issue the usual this is May and what happens now isn’t a big deal disclaimer that needs to go with unpadded practices.

- If you couldn’t tell from the players talking about it, there’s an impossible to miss enthusiasm that permeates the practice field when the team is going through its work. Even DE Chris Long tweeted last night that so far this is the most fun he’s ever had in an OTA. He doesn’t appear to be alone in that.

- QB Sam Bradford and WR Chris Givens had the long ball working today, connecting on at least a pair of deep passes in team drills. For the record, Givens has added muscle and appears to be better prepared for the rigors of playing and playing a lot. He made a diving catch on a deep ball in double coverage that went for about 45 yards.

- From the Department of Redundancy Department: TE Jared Cook. He’s impossible to ignore when he’s on the field.

- It’s clear from watching that the Rams intend to be more high octane offensively. Bradford discussed that possibility yesterday and it seemed it was very likely given the weapons that were added during the offseason.

- That’s going to do it for today.

- Thanks for reading and everyone enjoy your holiday weekend.


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11 Responses to “Rams Finish Third OTA”

  1. By steve sexton on May 24, 2013 | Reply

    sitting here in Malta; the island country not Montana; and getting excited after the disappointment of Mizzou and the Blues, love all the youth and excitement of the Rams.
    Cant wait…. sick em rams!!!

  2. By Steven on May 24, 2013 | Reply

    “Department of Redundancy Department” – Love it

  3. By garyhd01 on May 28, 2013 | Reply

    was interested to hear how the otas were progressing and like the players I feel an excitement at the possibilities of this new year. hoping the offense will be unleashed a bit more this year the safety first policy needs to be opened up and we have to trust sam to use these new weapons properly looking forward to seeing how that plays out and awaiting on an even more rested defense having an even better year

  4. By garyhd01 on May 28, 2013 | Reply

    looking forward to this season as much as any in the 48 years ive followed the rams the gsot kinda caught everyone by surprise then as fast as it came it was gone now we get to see if fisher and co will open the playbook at let sam run the show a bit more wide open hoping that will also help the defense remain fresher and allow them to solidly perform in the top 10 defenses in the league

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