By Bill Coats
St. Louis Post-Dispatch


MEQUON, Wis. (Camp Day 9)

Saturday’s scrimmage marked the first major milestone of training camp after nine days (13 practices) in which much of the work was tedious and mind-numbing. Now, the Rams head into preseason mode — the first of their four exhibition games is set for Saturday night vs. the Titans in Nashville, Tenn.

“You kind of break camp into parts,” coach Scott Linehan said. “We’ve got a lot of offense, defense and special teams in, and now we’re at the point where we’re repeating some things, which is good. It really helps the players get into a little rhythm.”

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After a balky start, the offense has begun to perk. Quarterback Marc Bulger, who acknowledged being “rusty” in the first few camp sessions, has regained his pinpoint accuracy.

“The last four days we’ve been very efficient,” wideout Torry Holt said. “Marc and the other quarterbacks are doing a very good job of placing the ball. Things are going well, and we’ve just got to continue to build on what’s established right now and go from there.”

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Notes & quotes from Saturday’s scrimmage:

>>LT Orlando Pace, recovering from shoulder surgery, was in for about half the snaps with the first unit.

>>DT Adam Carriker, who also had offseason shoulder surgery, no longer is limited.

>>Antonio Pittman was the first-team RB, although Brian Leonard got some work with the ones, also.

>>S Eric Bassey turned in the hit of the day, flipping RB Lance Ball all the way over after a short run near the sideline.

>>DE C.J. Ah You, a long shot to make the 53-man roster, was in for every snap and was very active.

>>The seventh-round LBs, Chris Chamberlain and David Vobora, continue to impress with their aggressiveness and nose for the ball.

>>LB Marc Magro, an undrafted rookie, has impressive cover skills. Also, he recorded what would’ve been a sack when he lined up at DE, as he did at times at the University of West Virginia.

>>Newly signed LB Marcus Riley is a second cousin of wide receivers coach Henry Ellard.

All for now . . . the players are off Sunday, so daily reports will resume Monday.