More from the St. Louis Rams scrimmage today courtesy of Ram Buck, aka @lannyosu. Big thanks.
Hello Rams fans,
I sure hope you are inside on this blazing Sunday in St. Louis. With temperatures nearing 100 degrees (Fahrenheit of course), the 2011 St. Louis Rams took the field at Lindenwood College for a scrimmage. There was some good and some bad, to be expected since the team has really only had 1 week of practice and is still installing a new offense. Let me just say this: our defense is possessed this year, and ready to go, while our offense is still building its' new identity.
Several notable players sat on the sidelines, mainly for precautionary reasons (with the exception of Jerome Murphy, who is out indefinitely with an ankle injury). Those players were Mike Hoomanawanui, David Vobora, Danario Alexander, Greg Salas and Donnie Avery. It is expected that they will be cleared to play this coming Saturday. Ron Bartell sat out this scrimmage for unknown reasons, perhaps to let other guys get a shot at CB.
With lots of WR's sidelined, that meant more looks for Austin Pettis, Brandon Gibson and Mike Sims-Walker. Two of those three did well; one wished he could have a do-over. More after the jump.
1st Team Offense vs. 2nd Team Defense, Offense starting from their own 30
1st and 10: Sam fires a bullet to Danny for 11 yds
1st and 10: Cadillac Williams with carry, loss of 1 yd
2nd and 11: Sam picked by Chris Chamberlain, who made a very aware move in coverage to come underneath
(Offense goes back to their own 30)
1st and 10: Cadillac Williams off right tackle (J. Smith) for 12 yards
1st and 10: Sam tries to hit Brandon Gibson deep down the field on a go route. Darian Stewart with the pass breakup.
2nd and 10: Cadillac Williams rushes behind J. Brown and H. Dahl for 8 yds.
3rd and 2: 4 WR set, Sam to Danny for 6 yds.
1st and 10: Cadillac Williams toss left, 1 yd gain.
2nd and 9: Sam to Amendola for 7 yds.
3rd and 2: Cadillac Williams rush for no gain. (PUNT)
2nd Team Offense vs. 1stTeam Defense, Offense starting from their own 30
1st and 10: Feeley throws the ball away due to great coverage.
2nd and 10: Al Harris pass defense vs. Mike Sims-Walker
3rd and 10: Feeley hits Mardy Gilyard on a 15 yd out.
1st and 10: Keith Toston with carry up middle, 2 yds.
2nd and 10: Feeley takes too long, "sacked" by James Hall
3rd and 10: Feeley again "sacked" by C.J. Ah You (PUNT)
Notable: Darian Stewart in nickel linebacker.
1st Team Offense vs. 2nd Team Defense, Offense starting at their 3 yd line
1st and 10: Lance Kendricks with handoff, 3 yds.
2nd and 7: Pettis at Z receiver, Steven Jackson on draw for 2 yds.
3rd and 5: Brandon Gibson with nice catch from Sam, 15 yds. (PUNT)
2nd Team Offense vs. 1st Team Defense, Offense starting at their 3 yd line
1st and 10: Quintin Mikell draws a false start penalty with blitz intention.
1st and 10: Cadillac Williams with almost safety, James Laurinaitis on tackle, 2 yd loss.
2nd and 12: Feeley "sacked", held on to ball too long.
3rd and 12: Fred Robbins chases Feeley around end zone, Feeley throws toward Mike Sims-Walker but too wide. (PUNT).
3rd Team Offense vs. 3rd Team Defense, Offense starting at their 3 yd line
1st and 10: Snap fumbled, recovered by defense.
1st and 10: Jabara Williams intercepts tipped pass, returns for a touchdown.
1st Team Offense vs. 2nd Team Defense, 3rd down drill
3rd and 7: Sam to Amendola on quick strike, 4 yds.
3rd and 7: Jerious Norwood and Steven Jackson in backfield, Sam takes to long and is "sacked".
3rd and 7: Sam stays in pocket, fires a strike near Pettis' hands, but Pettis "hears" James Butler's footsteps and pulls back. Would have been a 20 yd gain. (PUNT)
2nd Team Offense vs. 1st Team Defense, 3rd down drill
3rd and 7: Feeley throws at Mike Sims-Walker in tight coverage, Sims-Walker makes a great catch for 20 yds.
3rd and 5: Jerious Norwood with a nice extending catch for 8 yds.
2nd Team Offense vs. 1st Team Defense, 40 yd line
1st and 10: Chris Long throws Adam Goldberg backward, Feeley steps up and hits Joe West for 18 yds.
1st and 10: Halfback dive by Keith Toston, 2 yds.
2nd and 8: Na'il Diggs and James Laurinaitis penetrate, loss of 1 on Toston.
3rd and 9: Feeley "sacked" by James Hall.
1st Team Offense vs. 2nd Team Defense, Red Zone drill
1st and 10: Sam throws a great ball where only Billy Bajema can catch it, touchdown.
1st and 10: Danny with a great route to get behind coverage, runs 10 yds for touchdown.
1st and 10: Sam attempts a comeback to Gibson, but it is well defended. Harvey Dahl with extracurricular activity.
2nd and 10: Austin Pettis with a false start.
2nd and 10: Brandon Gibson with a catch off the turf in the back of the EZ; questionable touchdown but we'll take it.
2nd Team Offense vs. 1st Team Defense, Red Zone drill
1st and 10: Jerious Norwood with quick burst into hole, 8 yds.
2nd and 2: Mike Sims-Walker not sure of the play call, runs improvised route. Feeley tries to hit him but leads him too much.
3rd and 2: Justin Bannan blows up Jerious Norwood run, no gain.
4th and 2: Bradley Fletcher with pick in the end zone, ball thrown behind receiver.
3rd Team Offense vs. 3rd Team Defense, Red Zone drill
1st and 10: Jerious Norwood stuffed for no gain.
2nd and 10: Great pass defense by Jabara Williams, good head fake by Thaddeus Lewis.
3rd and 10: Jerious Norwood hits hole hard, would have probably been TD but whistled dead.
1st Team Offense vs. 2nd Team Defense, Oppenent's goal line
1st and 10: Easy PA pass from Sam to Lance Kendricks, TD.
1st and 10: Cadillac Williams 1 yd run, defense crashes.
2nd Team Offense vs. 1st Team Defense, Oppenent's goal line
1st and 10: Feeley pass intended for Lance Kendricks, Brady Poppinga on the coverage.
2nd and 10: Keith Toston stuffed by Darell Scott.
1st Team Offense vs. 2nd Team Defense, 4th down drill
4th and 2: Sam quick pass to Danny, 7 yds.
2nd Team Offense vs. 1st Team Defense, 4th down drill
4th and 2: Feeley did not get ball out, Chris Long crashing in. Gilyard targeted.
1st Team Offense vs. 2nd Team Defense, 2 minute drill
1st and 10: Sam quick strike to Amendola, 4 yds.
2nd and 6: Sam "sacked", Steven Jackson knocked back hard by Robert Quinn?
3rd and 6: Austin Pettis hit in the hands by a perfect pass, drops.
4th and 6: Danny Amendola saves the day, 9 yd catch.
1st and 10: Sam throws a bit too low for Lance Kendricks, who was getting open about 20 yds away across the field.
2nd and 10: Gibson with a 5 and stop route, nice move to pick up a few more yards.
3rd and 2: Nicely thrown ball by Sam to MSW, who gets 10 YAC for 20 yd.
2nd Team Offense vs. 1st Team Defense, 2 minute drill
1st and 10: Feeley pass for Bajema, uncatchable.
2nd and 10: Great 27 yd catch by Billy Bajema.
1st and 10: Chris Long "sacks" Feeley.
2nd and 10: Al Harris almost picks off Feeley pass for Gilyard.
3rd and 10: Fletcher breaks up a pass in the EZ, MSW targeted.
4th and 10: Great pass to MSW, who beats Fletcher for a TD.
Whew! and there you have it. Some ups, and some downs.
1) Sam looked a bit rusty, but most of his passes were fairly crisp.
2) Austin Pettis had a down day, by his standards, but should bounce back.
3) Billy Bajema made the most of his time.
4) Mike Sims-Walker started to emerge a bit more with his targets.
5) Our 1st team defense was relentless on the 2nd team offense, sacking them at least 6 times.