OTA's second day sounds intense
Jim Thomas @jthom1
As expected, Rodger Saffold worked at RG, Greg Robinson at LG during practice. W/Jake Long not working, Sean Hooey worked w/starters at LT.
C Scott Wells had an excused absence but will be back Friday.
Not practicing Thurs. for Rams: S Christian Bryant, RB Chase Reynolds. S Maurice Alexander, LT Jake Long, and DL Williams Hayes.
WR Kenny Britt made a couple of highlight-reel catches on deep balls.
Practice was spirited _ three minor scuffles _ but enough to have Jeff Fisher gather the squad mid-practice and tell them to knock it off.
Bradford feels good about where he is in terms of rehab from ACL injury. He will do about 50 percent of the OTA work this month.
Rams just completed first OTA session open to the media. QB Sam Bradford did only walk-through work, but will do 7-on-7 work Fri.
Nick Wagoner @nwagoner
Fisher said team's preference is to not disturb starters on OL so left tackle will be filled during OTAs/camp by "someone else." Hooey, etc.
Rams that did not practice Thursday: DE William Hayes, OL Jake Long, RB Chase Reynolds, C Scott Wells, S Mo Alexander, S Christian Bryant.
Britt beat Johnson and CB Janoris Jenkins for 2 long touchdowns in one on ones and let the young corners know about it. Set tone for fight.
Fisher stopped the practice after Britt/Johnson scuffle and made it clear in no uncertain terms that he wasn't happy with the antics.
As OTAs go, it was a physical, intense practice. Multiple scuffles broke out, including a big one between Kenny Britt & Trumaine Johnson.
#Rams off the practice field Thursday afternoon. QB Sam Bradford only did walkthrough. Fisher said he'll participate in about half of OTAs.
Re: OTA's second day sounds intense
Things are spirited at Rams' OTA session
• By Jim Thomas
No less than three minor scuffles characterized a spirited Thursday practice at Rams Park. It was the first of the spring sessions known as OTAs open to the media, and just the second overall.
New wide receiver Kenny Britt, the former Tennessee Titan, had a couple of highlight-reel catches Thursday, beating cornerback Trumaine Johnson for a touchdown on one of them. Britt, who plays with a lot of emotion on the field, quickly launched into some trash talk with Johnson _ and that undoubtedly precipitated the first scuffle which involved the two later in practice.
Fisher stopped practice after that incident and called the team together, basically telling the players to knock it off. However two other mini-scuffles followed, the mildest occurring when seventh-round defensive end Michael Sam of Missouri gave running back Isaiah Pead a little extra _ namely a forearm to the back _ while Pead was trying to pass-block against him.
Quarterback Sam Bradford, who will take part in about half of the OTA work this month, sat out Thursday's session with the exception of some walk-through work. He will be more of a full participant on Friday, including throwing in 7-on-7 drills.
Not practicing Thursday as they rehab assorted injuries were: LT Jake Long, DE William Hayes, RB Chase Reynolds, as well as rookie safeties Maurice Alexander and Christian Bryant.
Center Scott Wells was not present; he had an excused absence but will be back on the practice field Friday.
Tim Barnes worked with the starters in Wells' absence at center with the first unit. As expected, No. 2 overall draft pick Greg Robinson of Auburn worked at left guard, and Rodger Saffold was a right guard. Because of that, the Rams dipped further down the depth chart at left tackle using Sean Hooey there in Long's absence.
Re: OTA's second day sounds intense
Good to see the players are starting to ramp up the competitive juices. We're going to be in a dogfight this season for the division crown. As long as we don't injure anyone then the scuffles are just part of the game. I look forward to camp and the season to follow.