Ok, I know this is an old picture but it’s been the closest thing we’ve come to seeing a Rams offensive huddle – that is until yesterday.
As reported early Monday morning, the Rams conducted their first large team workout at Lindenwood University.
They tried to keep the location quiet but in reality you knew someone was going to find out and let the public know.
1) Camp St. Louis finally commences: The brain child of parents Ron Bartell and James Laurinitis, Camp St. Louis had their “opening ceremonies” yesterday. Â Jim Thomas give us a complete break down on which players attended the practice.
Notably absent though were Steven Jackson and Rams first round pick, Robert Quinn.
I thought Steven Jackson was in town so it’s puzzling why he wasn’t there yesterday. Â We’ll have to wait and see if he makes an appearance today as they continue their workouts at Lindenwood.
2)Â Are the Rams in the market forÂ a used Cadillac? The most recent free agent buzz is hovering around the Tampa Bay Buccaneer RB Cadillac Williams. Â He’s been sidelined with injuries off and on in his career with the Bucs but should still have a few solid years left in him.
In 2010, Williams rushed 125 times for 427 yards. Â Averaging 3.5 yards per carry and only 2 TD’s. Â He also put up 46 receptions for 355 yards, averaging 7.7 yards per reception and 1 TD.
Could Williams be the back up the Rams have been searching for?
3) A first look at the new recruits: Second round pick Lance Kendricks and fourth round pick Greg Salas were on hand yesterday for their very first “pro style” workout.
Great to hear Sam’s been coaching them the new McDaniels offense even prior to their gathering on Monday. Â What a great display of maturity for a second year player. Â I’d be willing to guess there aren’t very many second year guys would be able to step up to the plate like Sam has. Â That $50M guaranteed wasn’t just paying for Sam’s arm.
Third round pick Austin Pettis is said to be heading to St. Louis to join the team for Tuesdays workouts.
People have criticized and doubted if these player organized workouts are doing any good but it has to be better than doing nothing. Â Any exposure to the new playbook and new teammates is a good thing. Â There’s no substitute for team chemistry and the only way to get that is to spend time together.
So lay off guys, at least the players are showing initiative and doing what they can to make the 2011 Rams better.