The St. Louis Rams completed the first day of their rookie minicamp on Friday, and by all accounts things went fairly well. Jeff Fisher called the camp “orientation” more than a minicamp, but it sounds like things still went well. Here is a little of what Fisher had to say to the media after the session.
“Well, the first day’s nearly over. We had a meet-n-greet last night with them and we got physicals, and then we outfitted for equipment and got up early this morning. You could clearly tell in the room, which guys were the West Coast guys at about 9:30 in the morning. But we got a lot done. We had to teach them how to stretch and show them the facility and explain to them what we wanted to get accomplished . I crossed out the minicamp and I put orientation on it because at minicamp you’re running around full speed like wild men and you’re in great shape – and they’re not – so this is more of an orientation. But I thought the first day was good. We saw some good things. Some things that we saw prior to the draft, translated to the field.”
“We didn’t have a quarterback-center exchange on the ground. This is the first rookie practice I’ve been associated with where that didn’t happen, so that’s good. It looked like they were learning well. We got three or four coverages in on defense and enough to have a team period on offense, so guys are moving around.”
“Well, we’re installing football, so they’re learning football. But keep in mind, they need to learn how we eat. They need to learn about how we conduct ourselves in they training room and the weight room, in the meeting rooms. They’re getting to know each other, so there’s a lot of information that we’re giving them, in addition to the football and just to prepare them. Most important thing is that they realize that they are, because of the process way behind the veterans as far as conditioning is concerned. So they need to be honest with us and we need to find out where they are because we want to avoid pulls and we need to close that gap as quickly as we can. Probably going to take two or three weeks before we’ve got them caught up.”