We are about to enter day three of training camp and if you have been trying to get a look into Rams training camp simply by watching the NFL Network or ESPN, Id like to personally wish you good luck because if you aren’t the Packers, 49ers, Patriots, Jets, Seahawks, or Cowboys, you don’t exist. Here at Ramblin’ Fan we will try to update you what is going on in Rams camp every couple of days and let you know what is going on.
After two days the coaches seem to be very impressed on how the players are playing. Fisher has said it looks like they are starting from where they left off last season, and that the players are making great plays on both sides of the ball. Bradford has also said that after only two days this season, he already feels more comfortable in the offense and is so much farther now in the offense than he was a year ago, even the defense has been taking notice of the new high powered, electric offense. What is also good is that the players are enjoying themselves and having a good time with each other as a team which is always a good thing to see. Chris Long has even reportedly said that he even enjoys training camp now.
Normally it takes a while for the offense to get up to speed as more of the offense is being introduced and implemented, but that is not the case this year. The offense seems to actually be ahead. It has been the offense that has impressed the most so far during camp, granted the last two days have been without pads, but it is still a good sign. Bradford has looked good connecting on deep throws to Chris Givens as well as looking good on connecting on the intermediate routes according to Rams Senior writer Nick Wagoner. In case you were wondering Tavon Austin has also been said to be “as advertised” by some of the players in the secondary.
The offense might be playing well, but that doesnt necessarily mean the defense is playing bad. This offense is a completely different monster than what it was last year and what the defense is used to seeing. The offense may have made quite a few plays, but the defense has had their fair share as well. Both rookies Alec Ogletree and T.J. McDonald have had some nice pass breakups and have been solid in coverage. Before the draft it was said the McDonald could have difficulties in coverage, however he has impressed coach Fisher with his coverage skills thus far. As far as the safety position goes, as expected Stewart and McDonald are getting the majority of the first team reps, however there is still a lot of camp left and Rodney McLeod has had his good moments these last two days.
Every year during training camp there is that one guy that surprises everybody and ends up making the final roster, that player this year could be wide receiver Andrew Helmick. Helmick doesnt get many reps, if any, against Janoris Jenkins or Corland Finnegan, however he has been getting open and making some nice catches. The Rams have been short at the wide receiver position the last few years, it definitely doesnt hurt to have another guy on the roster that has the ability to make plays. Helmick will be a guy to keep an eye on to see if he can continue to impress.
As expected there are also the unfortunately injuries that occur during training camp, luckily the Rams have none that are severe or season ending. THe injury list is pretty short and it includes OL Barrett Jones, TE Lance Kendricks, DT Jermelle Cudjo, S Matt Danels, TE Phillip Lutzenkirchen, IT Brandon Brown, and DE/LB Sammy Brown. Hopefully these guys can heal the Rams can make it out of camp relatively healthy with nothing too serious happening.
The team practices agin tomorrow, but still will not be in pads. The Rams will start getting into pads of Sunday with the special teams players and then it will be full pads for everybody stating Monday. Once everybody is in pads, the competition get more real, heated and dramatic. We will try to keep you as updated as possible throughout Rams training camp here on Ramblin’ Fan, so stay tuned.