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    Final Full Squad Minicamp Underway

    By Nick Wagoner
    June 13, 2012

    - The Rams kicked off their third and final minicamp of the offseason on Tuesday. The minicamp is mandatory for all players and is the final benchmark of the offseason program before the team returns for training camp in late July.

    - Plenty of news and notes to get to from today so letís dive right into it.

    - First, as reported in this space last week, C Scott Wells is dealing with an injury issue. Coach Jeff Fisher acknowledged on Tuesday that Wells had a knee scope a few weeks back. Wells has other important things to tend to that Fisher did not want to reveal without Wellsí permission. Itís nothing bad, of course, but out of respect for Wells and his wife, itís best to just know that while Wells did have a knee scope that Fisher said would have kept him out of this weekís minicamp and the OTAs, he also has an excused absence for more pressing issues.

    - And again, Wells is expected to be present and fully healthy in time for training camp.

    - TE Michael Hoomanawanui again worked on the sidelines during Tuesdayís practice. He is expected to return to action in training camp. TE Lance Kendricks left practice early with some sort of issue. It appeared to be a hand or wrist but didnít seem serious.

    - CB Cortland Finnegan was held out again because of an apparent hand/wrist issue.

    - On to the happenings on the field:

    - Itís very clear that Fisher feels good about whatís been installed. In fact, almost if not all of the offense and defense has been installed and Fisher and the Rams seem to be working on a little bit of everything. They wasted no time diving into team drills Tuesday afternoon and had a number of long team periods.

    - Likewise, Iíve mentioned it before but it remains as clear as ever, Fisher doesnít hesitate to match his first units against each other. It makes for some great competition and both sides really get into it. Donít believe me? On one pass down the middle, QB Sam Bradford threaded the needle between two defenders to Kendricks but MLB James Laurinaitis who had dropped deep in coverage got a hand in the way at the last second and S Darian Stewart came over the top to force an incompletion. The entire defense was fired up and whoopiní and holleriní after the play.

    - I donít know if I take him for granted but it certainly merits mentioning here that WR Danny Amendola has done nothing but be consistently excellent throughout this camp. He catches everything but he actually looks a bit quicker and heís bulked up some, presumably to help take some of the pounding he gets from going across the middle.

    - Brian Quick and Greg Salas had some nice moments during one on one passing drills. Salas made a one-handed grab on a fade route to the sideline over Janoris Jenkins and Quick ran some nice deep dig routes for catches.

    - WR Danario Alexander has been back in action for a week or so and is back to showing some of his usual tricks. He made a nice touchdown grab in red zone drills, tapping his toes inside the back of the end zone for six on a ball that was up and away in a place only he could catch it.

    - Fisher was asked Tuesday about stopping the run and made it a point to acknowledge that defensive run techniques have been a point of emphasis throughout this offseason, particularly with the defensive line. Fisher said that although itís hard to gauge because his team hasnít been wearing pads, heís been pleased with the progressn and understanding his team has of run fits and techniques in the new scheme.

    - RB Steven Jackson talked to the media today and had some interesting takes on a number of topics. Iíll have a story on Stevenís state of the union tomorrow but hereís a little something to quench your thirst. I asked Steven if there were any young players returning from last yearís team that caught his eye and seem to have improved. While acknowledging that no pads have been worn yet, hereís what he had to say:

    ďThatís more of a question I could answer in August or September but I am very excited, who I am looking forward to watching this year is Robert Quinn,Ē Jackson said. ďI think heís a natural pass rusher. I think working on the opposite side of Chris Long and the coaching heís receiving right now, I am really looking forward to him having a breakout season. If thereís anybody I would tell our fans to look out for it would be Robert.Ē

    - Coincidentally, I also planned to write about Quinn this week and had a good chat with him today as well. He said heís actually dropped 5 pounds in an effort to get a little quicker off the edge and though he knows that will draw questions about his ability to stop the run consistently, he believes that improved technique from DL coach Mike Waufle will help him with that.

    - CB Bradley Fletcher said he is ahead of schedule in terms of his rehabilitation but he also said that he isnít quite where he wants to be. In fact, Fletcher said heís starting to feel as close to healthy as he had all offseason but heís not quite there yet. Iíll have more on Fletcher this week as well but he knows this is a big year for him and heís going to be in the middle of a very heated competition outside.

    - I also got a chance to catch up with T Rodger Saffold (who yet again, I will be writing about later this week). I mentioned a while back that Saffold looked noticeably bigger. In talking to him today, not only was that clear but he made it known that heís put on about 10-12 pounds of pure muscle, most of which appears to be in his upper body. He just plain looks big and strong. I asked Saffold if the impetus for putting on the muscle was to help in any certain area, particularly against the bull rush, something he openly acknowledged was an issue last year.

    Saffold said that he sat down with new OL coach Paul Boudreau his first day in the building with him and Boudreau showed him a technique issue he had against that particular rush. It was as simple as that. As for the added weight, Saffold made it clear that this offense requires bigger, stronger, meaner and that means in the run game as well. So to be more physical, he felt it necessary to bulk up. Iím not kidding when I say Saffold looks much stronger. He said heís at about 325 pounds now. Again, more on Saffold later this week.

    - Thatís going to do it for today. Be sure to stay tuned all week for more updates and coverage from this minicamp. The Rams are back at it tomorrow afternoon. As always, take all observations from the practice field with a grain of salt in knowing these guys arenít in pads and going full blast just yet. Also, as always, thanks for reading.
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    Re: Final Full Squad Minicamp Underway

    I am looking forward to watching this year is Robert Quinn,” Jackson said. “I think he’s a natural pass rusher. I think working on the opposite side of Chris Long and the coaching he’s receiving right now, I am really looking forward to him having a breakout season.
    I know this is the off season and all but when your franchise RB, says stuff like this about a guy that we all know could be special and we just did not get to see enough of him last year. Man I can't wait to see this team...



    Saffold said that he sat down with new OL coach Paul Boudreau his first day in the building with him and Boudreau showed him a technique issue he had against that particular rush. It was as simple as that. As for the added weight, Saffold made it clear that this offense requires bigger, stronger, meaner and that means in the run game as well. So to be more physical, he felt it necessary to bulk up. I’m not kidding when I say Saffold looks much stronger. He said he’s at about 325 pounds now. Again, more on Saffold later this week.
    Got to like this!

    Like what was said about the receivers as well DA could alone be a big difference maker in the offense.

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    Re: Final Full Squad Minicamp Underway

    I’m not kidding when I say Saffold looks much stronger. He said he’s at about 325 pounds now.
    As long as it doesn't slow down his first step, this is great!
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    Re: Final Full Squad Minicamp Underway

    I don’t know if I take him for granted but it certainly merits mentioning here that WR Danny Amendola has done nothing but be consistently excellent throughout this camp. He catches everything but he actually looks a bit quicker and he’s bulked up some, presumably to help take some of the pounding he gets from going across the middle.
    The most underrated Ram in a long, long time; maybe ever. I can't believe some fans are so quick to just toss him away.
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    Re: Final Full Squad Minicamp Underway

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    The most underrated Ram in a long, long time; maybe ever. I can't believe some fans are so quick to just toss him away.
    I don't get that either, he's got great hands makes tough catches in the red zone. He's just a play maker. Maybe it was due to the fact he was all we had and fans wanted to see the ball thrown down field more and it never was. That's the only reason I can see, if he's the best option that's a problem but as a solid option he's awesome.

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    Re: Final Full Squad Minicamp Underway

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    The most underrated Ram in a long, long time; maybe ever. I can't believe some fans are so quick to just toss him away.
    I can believe it. Look at the colts they had less than one year removed from peyton and they were already wearing luck jerseys during last season.

    This is a what have you done for me lately league. Amendola was unfortunately injured early so everyone easily tossed him aside. Especially since we would got a 2nd round pick for him. They got nothing from peyton and they easily tossed him aside.


    I can not wait till the end of july I am going to training camp again this year. I bet it is a lot different. Can't wait to see the Corner and Wide out battle it out.

    One thing that bugged me last year when I went twice. They rarely (i don't think they ever did but Im not positive) put number ones vs number ones. Made the offense and defense "look" better I guess. I just hope that isn't the case this year. We need to have them going against each other to make each other better.

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    Re: Final Full Squad Minicamp Underway

    I agree with the characterization of very underated, but i think bulger was a lot more underated.

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    Re: Final Full Squad Minicamp Underway

    It's not just this season with Amendola, a lot of fans had him written off after his breakout year, and didn't think he could make the club last offseason either. I love Amendola, I think he has great hands, and a level of competitiveness that you don't often see. He may never put up 2000 yards with 20+ TDs, but we don't need him to. I think some fans think that, if he can't be megatron, he isn't worth much to the club and we need to replace him. He's a slot guy, but he's a really freakin' good slot guy, and I think our offense would have looked vastly different if he'd been healthy last year.
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    Re: Final Full Squad Minicamp Underway

    Quote Originally Posted by sjacksonrules View Post
    One thing that bugged me last year when I went twice. They rarely (i don't think they ever did but Im not positive) put number ones vs number ones. Made the offense and defense "look" better I guess. I just hope that isn't the case this year. We need to have them going against each other to make each other better.
    dont understand why number one WR's and CB's wouldn't ever go against each other. Isn't that what you want, or is that too much risk for injury?

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    Re: Final Full Squad Minicamp Underway

    Quote Originally Posted by rNemesis View Post
    dont understand why number one WR's and CB's wouldn't ever go against each other. Isn't that what you want, or is that too much risk for injury?
    Spags probably didn't want to completely shatter the "ones" confidence, so he practised them against the "twos" - it was probably their only chance to feel good about themselves ..

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    Re: Final Full Squad Minicamp Underway

    Quote Originally Posted by berg8309 View Post
    It's not just this season with Amendola, a lot of fans had him written off after his breakout year, and didn't think he could make the club last offseason either. I love Amendola, I think he has great hands, and a level of competitiveness that you don't often see. He may never put up 2000 yards with 20+ TDs, but we don't need him to. I think some fans think that, if he can't be megatron, he isn't worth much to the club and we need to replace him. He's a slot guy, but he's a really freakin' good slot guy, and I think our offense would have looked vastly different if he'd been healthy last year.
    He may never put up 2000 yards with 20+ TDs................................................................If he does, let me be the first to say I've terribly misjudged him.

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