– Coming off a practice that coach Jeff Fisher described as “not our best” Wednesday afternoon, the Rams got back to business Thursday and picked up the tempo in front of another solid crowd at Rams Park.
“I was a little disappointed in yesterday’s but coming back today, we are back on track,” Fisher said.
– The injury list had no real changes as S Matt Daniels, WR Andrew Helmick, WR Nick Johnson, LB Jabara Williams, DE Sammy Brown, S Matt Giordano, TE Lance Kendricks, DT Jermelle Cudjo, DT Al Lapuaho and TE Zach Potter did not participate. DT Kendall Langford started the practice but did not finish. He appeared to be OK after the workout.
– On the bright side, Daniels continued to get work on the side and appears to be edging closer to a return. And Kendricks actually joined him in doing some work on the side which is also a positive step for him in his attempt to return.
– Before we get to the action on the field, it should be noted that one of the greatest Rams of all time was in the house Thursday night in the form of former WR Isaac Bruce. Bruce is in town for a few days and spent the afternoon watching practice and offering advice to the young receivers. Tavon Austin was attached at the hip during much of the workout and Bruce also offered tips to Brian Quick and others.
– When the practice ended, Bruce spent about 10 minutes working with Austin, Emory Blake and Stedman Bailey on the side. It appeared most of the instruction was intent on teaching those young wideouts to get off press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Fisher said there’s a lot of details young wideouts can learn from Bruce and Torry Holt, who will join the Rams later in camp.
“You know, it’s just subtle things,” Fisher said. “It’s just the little detail things from their perspective. We welcome both of those guys in as far as the young guys are concerned.”
– On the field, the action continues to get a bit feisty and one of the best matchups of camp boiled over a bit Thursday.
– Remember back on day one of camp when WR Chris Givens and CB Janoris Jenkins got into a short shoving match though it ended quickly? Well, that boiled over a bit on Thursday when the two continued to face off and ultimately ended in the second skirmish in as many days.
– Jenkins has been pretty consistent throughout camp but Givens had a big day on Thursday. Givens got by him early for a red zone touchdown in team drills then beat him down the left sideline on a back shoulder fade and capped it off with a deep ball that would have gone for a touchdown late in practice. Givens has made it a goal to improve his intermediate route running so as to make him more effective as an all around receiver and he appears to be making strides in that direction.
– Fisher enjoyed that competition and pointed out that he’s enjoying watching all of the competition in camp.
“They’re all battling and that’s good,” Fisher said. “That kind of offensive and defensive competition is taking place at a lot of different positions. It only makes young players better.”
– It was an up and down day for Quick, who started off with a nice catch and route on a fade pass for a touchdown in red zone work but he had a couple of drops later in practice, including one on which he’d created good separation on a deep dig route. He also missed a block on a sweep for RB Zac Stacy.
– LB Alec Ogletree continues to show that he’s not shy about contact. He’s been active running sideline to sideline and dropped the pads for a couple of solid collisions during team drills.
– It was a big day for Austin as he and QB Sam Bradford appeared to be in sync. Austin caught a couple of shorter passes that would have turned into long gains, including one where he got isolated against MLB James Laurinaitis and would have had a catch on the run in the open field. Not many players in the league would make a tackle in that situation.
– That’s going to do it for tonight. Stay tuned for another blog to come in a bit.
– As always, thanks for reading.
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