By Bill Coats
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It’s far from the most important competition in training camp, but the fight for the No. 3 quarterback spot between Brock Berlin and Bruce Gradkowski is entertaining nonetheless. Berlin had the job with the Rams last year, but at 25, Gradkowski is two years younger and has more regular-season NFL experience.

“It’s going very good; both guys are getting pretty much equal reps,” coach Scott Linehan said. “Both have some really nice attributes about their game. We’re going to scrimmage on Saturday, and that’ll really be the start of it . . . how they’re going to play in game-like conditions. Then they’re going to get plenty of snaps in preseason” games.”



Defensive end James Hall, a nine-year vet, on holding training camp on the road vs. at home: “There are pros and cons to both. When you’re at home, it’s a little easier on the family. You don’t have to pack a bag and leave your house. At the same time, when you come here, it’s strictly football.”



Notes & quotes:

>>NFL officials Steve Freeman, Jim Quirk, Steve Stelljes and David Wyant are in town. They worked Thursday’s practice and will have their annual meeting with the players and coaches Friday to go over rules changes and points of emphasis.

>>Torry Holt, 32, is looking downright spry on the practice field. He says his balky knee is feeling much better than it did a year ago at this point.

>>Another veteran WR, Dane Looker, is having an excellent camp. Still, he might have a hard time sticking, given the long list of young, promising WRs on hand.

>>Some 225 Concordia U. boosters and affiliates attended Thursday’s practice. They watched the proceedings from a large tent, with food and drink provided.

>>”Mr. Irrelevant,” rookie linebacker David Vobora, nabbed an interception in 7-on-7 drills. Vobora, who got the moniker by being the last overall pick in the draft, is making a strong bid for a roster spot.

>>CB Darius Vinnett, who made the team last year as an undrafted rookie, has improved his coverage skills noticeably.

All for now . . . more from Friday’s two-a-days.