Training camp begins for the St. Louis Rams


As the St Louis Rams enter the 2015 season, it will mark their 21st in St Louis, and may very well could be their last in the gateway to the West. The St Louis Rams begin their training camp this week with their first practice session taking place on Friday the 31st, as Jim Thomas explains,

"“The team’s first practice is 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Rams’ facility in Earth City. It’s one of only nine practices open to the public in the St. Louis area during training camp this summer. One of those nine is at Lindenwood University in St. Charles — the annual team scrimmage on Aug. 7, which starts at 5 p.m. This replaces the team scrimmage held in previous camps at the Edward Jones Dome” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)."

The dates of the Rams training camp schedule throughout August include:

  • Saturday the 1st @ St Louis
  • Sunday the 2nd @ St Louis
  • Tuesday the 4th @ St Louis
  • Thursday the 6th @ St Louis
  • Friday the 7th @ St Louis
  • Sunday the 9th @ St Louis
  • Monday the 10th @ St Louis
  • Tuesday the 11th @ St Louis
  • Monday the 17th @ Los Angeles
  • Tuesday the 18th @ Los Angeles

A point of change within the training camp schedule this year is that the Rams will hold three practice sessions (2 days) in Los Angeles, dated after the first preseason game against the Oakland Raiders on the 14th of August. During their time in Los Angeles, the Rams will train with the Dallas Cowboys on August 17th, and the morning of the 18th in Oxnard California. Afterwards, they will complete an afternoon team training session on the 18th before flying back to St Louis in preparation for their next preseason game against the Titans on August 23rd.

Jul 22, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Greg Robinson (79) runs through drills at Rams Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Training camp is where both rookies and veterans are given the opportunity to make their case to head coach Jeff Fisher and their subsequent coordinators alike, however, there will be certain positions to keep an eye on over the next few weeks. The most curious position of interest among the St. Louis camp is center position, which is highly contested between Barret Jones, Tim Barnes and Demetrius Rhaney. All three of these players hold a good chance of becoming the starter.

Broadening this position of need, it is clear that not only the center position has a large question marking looming, but also the entire offensive line. With many rookies coming in this year, there is a high chance players such as Jamon Brown, Rob Havenstein and Andrew Donnal will be seeing plenty of action during training camp. As for last year’s starters, Greg Robinson will need to take his game to the next level with an under-par performance last season, and Roger Saffold will need stay fit in order to prove his worth.

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With the offensive line remaining on the top of the needs list in St Louis, one question that won’t be answered during this training camp will be the effectiveness of Todd Gurley and his impact on the football field. Gurley has been placed on the NFI list to start the training camp and depending on his recovery, it is possible that Gurley will miss an unspecified period of the season.