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Mini camp report
Friday, April 21, 2006
- The Rams began the first minicamp of the offseason Friday morning and it was easy to notice the energy and enthusiasm around the team. The first practice moved with good pace and tempo and the players seemed receptive to the new coaching staff.
- It's strange to hear the coaches yelling and not hear the loud voice of Bill Kollar. Still, there are plenty of coaches ready and willing to share their opinion. There might not be one voice that stands out this year (possible exception of the returning Bob Ligashesky), but all voices will probably be heard.
- There's a slight change in the uniforms the Rams wear to practice in. Last year, injured players that needed protecting wore bright yellow jerseys and quarterbacks wore red jerseys to signify their status. Now, the quarterbacks are wearing the bright yellow and the injured or limited players are wearing red.
- Speaking of injuries, the following group of guys all wore red to indicate their limited participation in practice. Linebackers Dexter Coakley, Trev Faulk and Brandon Chillar, guards Claude Terrell and Adam Timmerman, center Andy McCollum and defensive tackle Jeremy Calahan were limited in the morning workout. Jerametrius Butler was also limited, but he did participate in many of the drills and reported little to no discomfort after the workout.
- The quarterbacks all looked to be a little bit rusty, but for the most part threw the ball well. Marc Bulger was in fine form. I thought Jeff Smoker threw the ball the best after Bulger, but it's hard to gather too much from one non-contact practice. Gus Frerotte and Ryan Fitzpatrick were a little inconsistent.
- For those wondering why the Rams brought back Isaac Bruce, there should be little doubt. Isaac looks as good as ever running routes and catching passes. He even went deep and made a few plays over the top. He is in great shape and doesn't seem bothered by the toe injury any more.
- Again, it's early and it's hard to base too much off what you see in a minicamp practice, but there wasn't anyone on the field who looked better than Corey Chavous. He was around the ball all day and seemed to be picking up the defense better than anyone. Chavous is a heady player with plenty of ability and he has a chance to make a serious impact this year.
- Ron Bartell looks much bigger than last season. I mean that in a good way. Bartell looks like he has added some muscle and could be a more physical presence in the secondary. There have been rumblings about a switch to free safety. Nobody knows for sure if that will happen (though what happens in the draft could give more insight into that), but Bartell looks physically ready to handle the switch if that time comes.
-Terrell's physical conditioning must get better. When he arrived, he did look better than he did at the end of last year, but that must have just been some flattering clothing. He is clearly not in the shape the coaching staff had hoped for and he needs to put in the time and effort if he wants to get to that level. Todd Steussie worked some at left guard in the first practice.
- Orlando Pace looks like he has put in some time in the weight room. He looked like he added some weight in the offseason (which isn't unusual), but when I saw him after practice his arms looked huge and more defined. Another year without having to worry about his contract status should only help Pace.
- Torry Holt will be working on draft coverage again this year and his early indications would have him selecting a cornerback for the Rams. He says he likes Clemson's Tye Hill and South Carolina's Johnathan Joseph. As for Virginia Tech's Jimmy Williams, he didn't have as much of a glowing review. He sees Williams as more of a safety than a corner.
- The deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets elsewhere is today and it appears that none of the Rams' group of restricted players will be getting offers elsewhere. Receiver Kevin Curtis got interest on the market, especially from Seattle. But when the Seahawks signed Minnesota's Nate Burleson to a big-money contract, that interest faded. Curtis, Shaun McDonald, DeJuan Groce and Brandon Green signed waivers to participate in the morning practice and will likely sign their one-year tender offers today to keep them in St. Louis for another year.
- One player who was on the field, but not on the roster is punter Andy Groom. Groom is in for a tryout and could be kept to compete with Matt Turk. He spent two games with the Redskins last year after finishing his eligibility at Ohio State.
- Marshall Faulk and Brandon Manumaleuna were excused from the minicamp and neither was in for the morning workout. Manumaleuna was originally expected to arrive for the morning workout and then leave, but was not in attendance at all.
- The only other players missing from camp were the three NFL Europe attendants, running back Fred Russell and receivers Brandon Middleton and Jeremy Carter.
-04-21-2006 #2RamsFan16 Guest
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"- Ron Bartell looks much bigger than last season. I mean that in a good way. Bartell looks like he has added some muscle and could be a more physical presence in the secondary. There have been rumblings about a switch to free safety. Nobody knows for sure if that will happen (though what happens in the draft could give more insight into that), but Bartell looks physically ready to handle the switch if that time comes."
Are you serious? This kid was huge last season. That makes me feel that much better about him!
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-04-21-2006 #4Rampage39 Guest
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Imo we should leave Bartell at corner because we could best utilize his size and speed to match up one on one with the big receivers. I don't like the part about Claude Terrell however.