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Rams Rapid Reports by Ron Clements, CBS Sports
**QB Bradford will make time to throw in the offseason
QB Sam Bradford and OC Brian Schottenheimer have devised an offseason
schedule to keep Bradford sharp with his system. Bradford will throw about
three times a week but will also find time in the offseason to play golf and
watch his Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals. Bradford is an Oklahoma
**QB Bradford lauds Cignetti's detailed instruction
QB Sam Bradford on QBs coach Frank Cignetti: “Cig’s great, especially for
the fundamentals of playing the position. Every day he comes to me with an
emphasis of the day, whether it’s passing-game footwork, run-game footwork,
play-action fakes, boots off the run game. Just to have someone who is
constantly reminding you to do the little things is very helpful.”
**QB Bradford's enjoying offseason to learn offense
Having an entire offseason to learn an offense has been beneficial for QB
Sam Bradford. The Rams had to install the system of then-OC Josh McDaniels
during training camp because of the 2011 lockout. Bradford said when
mistakes are made while learning OC Brian Schottenheimer’s system, they can
go back and correct them whereas they simply had to talk about it and move
on because of last year’s expedited training camp.
**Bradford 'very impressed' with rookie CBs
QB Sam Bradford on rookie CBs Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson: “They’re
both going to be good players. Jenkins is very instinctual. He’s made a lot
of plays on the ball purely on instinct. He just has a knack for being
around the football. Trumaine is a bigger kid and he really seems to have
some range. Throwing one-on-ones against him [on Tuesday], he was
stride-for-stride with [rookie WR Chris] Givens and Givens can absolutely
move. So I’ve been very impressed with both of those players so far.”
**QB Bradford: All of the base offense has been installed
QB Sam Bradford on the offense's progress: “We’ve had the opportunity to put
in a lot. We’ve covered just about every situation that we could. We’ve got,
as far as I know, all of our base offense in and have had the opportunity to
install it multiple times. It’s been good to see it and hear it several
times over. We get better every day.”
**K Zuerlein's pleased with snap-hold combination
The only real difference rookie K Greg Zuerlein has experienced from
Division II Missouri Western State to the NFL is that the snaps back to the
holder are in the right place every time. “In college, you didn’t always get
the greatest snaps or the greatest holds,” he said.
**K Zuerlein's not feeling the pressure
Rookie K Greg Zuerlein, drafted in the sixth round, wasn’t sure if he’d get
selected. The former Missouri Western State said he hasn’t felt much
pressure, even after the team released veteran Josh Brown to make room for
him. Zuerlein has yet to visit the Edward Jones Dome and said it hasn’t hit
him that he’s on an NFL team.
**Veterans dismissed Thursday, rookies to stick around
The veterans will be dismissed for the summer following Thursday’s practice,
but the rookies will stay in St. Louis for another week for more
conditioning and weight training. They will then go off to Cleveland for the
league-mandated rookie symposium from June 26-29.
**Fisher isn't too concerned about offseason issues
Coach Jeff Fisher understands the concern of the offseason when players are
unsupervised, but he’s not too worried about his team. “This is a
responsible group, it’s a determined group,” Fisher said Wednesday. “I know
they’ll make good decisions. The other side of that is we feel like it’s
good for them to get away.”
**Report: Rams try out LB McIntosh
LB Rocky McIntosh, a free agent who played for six seasons in Washington,
was at Rams minicamp on Wednesday for a tryout. He worked out for coach Jeff
Fisher in the morning and then took part in individual drills that
afternoon, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
**Kroenke watches practice at Rams Park
Owner Stan Kroenke was at Rams Park on Wednesday to watch practice. He came
outside about midway through the two-hour workout and stood away from the
media with executive VP of football operations Kevin Demoff and GM Les
Snead. The trio was joined by coach Jeff Fisher on the edge of the field
after practice and the quartet spoke for several minutes.
**Offseason has flown by for Fisher
Coach Jeff Fisher, who took the 2011 season off, said the time has flown
since he was hired in January. The Rams have a day remaining in their
mandatory minicamp before getting the summer off in preparation of training
camp. Fisher said everybody has “a great understanding” of the system and
how to practice together. Fisher will use the extra time to finally find a
permanent place to live.
**TE competition strong despite absences
The Rams have eight TEs on the roster but only five participated in
Wednesday’s practice. Undrafted rookie Cory Harkey is not at camp because of
the league rule that prohibits rookies from participating in offseason
workouts until their respective schools hold their graduation ceremony. The
top two TEs, Michael Hoomanawanui and Lance Kendricks, were held out of
practice. Coach Jeff Fisher said those absences have created a healthy
competition among the other players.
**Rams get chippy during Wednesday's practice
Wednesday afternoon’s practice was a bit chippy with a few players involved
in shoving matches during 11-on-11 drills. One such incident involved C
Robert Turner, filling in for the absent Scott Wells, and S Craig Dahl. The
two got face-to-face and exchanged words before Turner gave Dahl a push and
then jogged back to the huddle.
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