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    Bradford looked sharp executing the new St. Louis offense

    ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - Rams quarterback Sam Bradford looked sharp executing the new St. Louis offense in the red zone Sunday during the scrimmage at Lindenwood University.

    Bradford completed 13 of 20 passes for 140 yards and four touchdowns against the second-team defense. He had one interception.

    "We did some good things out there and obviously, there'll be some great things to learn from the tape," Bradford said. "We made a lot of mistakes, but that's what camp is for and this is what scrimmages like this are for."

    Bradford's favorite target was Danny Amendola, who caught eight passes for 70 yards. Mike Sims-Walker caught three passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.

    The scrimmage involved running plays, third-down situations and red-zone work before an estimated crowd of 6,200 at Harlen C. Hunter Stadium. The temperature reached 94 degrees with a heat index of 108.

    "The offense looked fairly smooth to me," St. Louis coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "Sam's very confident. I don't think the new system is bothering him very much. I like the interaction between (offensive coordinator) Josh (McDaniels) and him."

    In the red zone, Bradford was 4 of 5 for 47 yards and four touchdowns.

    "The red zone was real important for us," Spagnuolo said. "We've got a lot of that coming this week. I thought it was encouraging."

    Spagnuolo was impressed by Amendola.

    "It's nice to see him back out there," Spagnuolo said. "Danny is what he is, a nice reliable guy. I think Sam appreciates that and has a lot of confidence in him."

    Sims-Walker had a highlight-worthy grab with an over-the-shoulder catch, good for 21 yards on a third-and-four situation.

    "I was a little timid at first, but I got going a little bit towards the middle," Sims-Walker said. "I've got a lot of work to do. I'd grade myself as a D+ or C. I'm grasping the offense. I just got to get some reps at doing it. I've got to play a little bit faster."

    Several receivers were banged up and did not participate in the scrimmage, including Daniaro Alexander and Donnie Avery.

    "It's been hard to get them out there at the same time," Spagnuolo said. "Hopefully, the health thing will come around and we'll get some real competition."

    The running game did not shine. Cadillac Williams rushed six times for 16 yards. Jerious Norwood had three attempts for seven yards. Steven Jackson, who was not on field much, had one carry for three yards.

    NOTES: Backup QB A.J. Feeley went 6 for 17 for 117 yards and a touchdown. He had an interception. ... CB Chris Smith hurt his knee in the scrimmage. ... CB Ron Bartell (thigh) did not participate. ... the Rams open preseason play with a home game Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts.


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    Re: Bradford looked sharp executing the new St. Louis offense

    No surprises here. I am excited to see us roll in 2011!

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    Re: Bradford looked sharp executing the new St. Louis offense

    -In the red zone, Bradford was 4 of 5 for 47 yards and four touchdowns.

    I know its only a scrimmage, but this has been one area we've been struggling at for years and hearing this fills me with happiness. I just hope it can transition into regular season.


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    Re: Bradford looked sharp executing the new St. Louis offense

    I know that they (rams) probably focused more on passing cohesion in rz, but would have loved to hear that rb's punched it in 4 outta 5 times.

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    Re: Bradford looked sharp executing the new St. Louis offense

    Quote Originally Posted by badmoforamfan View Post
    I know that they (rams) probably focused more on passing cohesion in rz, but would have loved to hear that rb's punched it in 4 outta 5 times.
    eh, its just a team scrimmage, people get hurt pressing the pile and pounding it down on the goal line, the lack of that in a practice game doesn't reflect what our offense is capable of.

    Gonna be fun this year... do teams stack the box to stop S Jax, double Danny underneath, or focus on stopping the bombs to MSW, DX, and Donnie???

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    Re: Bradford looked sharp executing the new St. Louis offense

    Play by Play notes

    by RamBuck on Aug 7, 2011 2:54 PM CDT
    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.

    Star-divide

    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.

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    Re: Bradford looked sharp executing the new St. Louis offense

    Several receivers were banged up and did not participate in the scrimmage, including Daniaro Alexander and Donnie Avery.

    "It's been hard to get them out there at the same time," Spagnuolo said. "Hopefully, the health thing will come around and we'll get some real competition."
    According to the Post-Dispatch, Avery is dealing with a hamstring issue and Alexander has "fluid on the knee." Not exactly what you want to hear about two receivers who already have past injury issues they need to put behind them. Hopefully this is a minor bump in the road!

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    Re: Bradford looked sharp executing the new St. Louis offense

    Yeah no kidding right. Fluid on the knee for DX is what I really did not want to hear but we'll see how this shakes out.

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