Lightning turns Rams into gym rats
By Bill Coats
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
MEQUON, Wis. (Camp Day 11/late report)
The weather finally turned sour Monday afternoon, when storms forced the Rams inside for their second practice of the day. Previously, the team had worked in near-ideal conditions here.
Coach Scott Linehan, who likes his troops to experience as many conditions as possible, was actually looking forward to a practice in the rain. The players were on the field, but about 10 minutes before the scheduled 4 p.m. start, lightning began to strike nearby and they headed for Concordia University’s large gymnasium.
Despite the obvious limitations, the 1-hour, 40-minute workout was productive, Linehan reported. “We got through all of our scripts and all the things we were going to do,” he said. “It’s not realistic or anything like that, but we got a lot of work done.”
The players’ spirits were surprisingly high. “They were into it,” Linehan said. “A lot of times you come into the gym and everybody’s kind of halfway thinking about other things. But in this case, they came in and got all their work done.”
>>Brock Berlin, in a fight with Bruce Gradkowski for the No. 3 QB job, turned in his best practice of camp in the morning workout. The accuracy of his downfield throws, normally not one of his best assets, was particularly impressive.
>>DE Eric Moore, effective at times last season, is having a solid camp and could provide pass-rushing help.
>>More than 100 area high school coaches attended the morning practice, at the invitation of the university and the Rams.
>>Some of the rookies are sporting Mohawk haircuts, courtesy of the veterans.
>>OL Adam Goldberg is improved, especially in pass protection.
>>P Donnie Jones had his first off-day of camp.
>>Just visiting: Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports; Paul Domwitch of the Philadelphia News; and John Czarnecki of FOXSports.com.
All for now . . . more after Tuesday’s practice, then it’s off to Nashville.