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Rams scrimmage set for tonight ..
BY JIM THOMAS Posted: Saturday, August 7, 2010 12:05 am
Sure, it was just practice, but quarterback Sam Bradford was scintillating Friday at Rams Park, zinging one ball after another on target. A vocal crowd of about a thousand spectators responded to every completion.
"He had some nice throws there, didn't he?" coach Steve Spagnuolo said in classic understatement.
After what easily was Bradford's best practice of training camp, what can he do for an encore? We'll find out tonight when the Rams hold a team scrimmage at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. Hunter C. Harlen Stadium holds about 6,000 spectators, and judging from the overflow crowd at last season's scrimmage there, there should be another packed house tonight.
"You want to see some guys think on their feet," Spagnuolo said. "It will be some straight scrimmage like we did last year, where it looks like a game. But then we'll put them in some situations: fourth downs, third downs, goal line. We'll do red zone."
There will be some live tackling periods (except for the quarterbacks, who are off limits). But as was the case last year at Lindenwood, some of the periods will be "thud" tempo — meaning contact, but no tackling. The scrimmage begins at 6:30 p.m. There is no admission charge, but fans are encouraged to bring school supplies to be donated to KidSmart.
"You get in front of a crowd, it's a new environment," Spagnuolo said. "I think that's kind of good. It'll be great to see our fans there. Our players love that ... maybe give the guys a little bit of juice and still get some football done."
The first roster cutdowns don't take place until Aug. 31, but the evaluation process for Spagnuolo and the rest of the coaching staff kicks up a notch tonight. But a lot of players won't be available for evaluation tonight because of injuries. A whopping 16 players, or 20 percent of the 80-man roster, either missed practice Friday afternoon or couldn't finish practice because of injuries.
"You've got to do some adjusting," Spagnuolo said. "That's the hard part. You lay this whole training camp out, you get the (practice) scripts — the coaches do a lot of work in doing that.
"Now, we may just have to adjust. But that's part of the game. You've got to do it in the middle of a game in the NFL, so we will. It's a long list. (Trainer) Reggie (Scott)'s doing a great job. Him and his guys are doing a great job out there."
For the rookies and veterans who will take part in tonight's scrimmage, it's a chance to further hone their skills.
"I approach it like it's a game situation," quarterback A.J. Feeley said. "Offensively, we want to be consistent and we want to move the ball. Personally, I just want to get completions, get first downs, try to spread the ball around, work within the offense. Let these guys make plays — that's our job. Give a chance for these young guys to make plays and let Steven Jackson do what he does."
Re: Rams scrimmage set for tonight ..
Didn't we used to have a scrimmage type deal with the bears? I thought I remembered a few years back we played the bears before the preseason.
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