The St. Louis Rams continue to go through OTAs, and Rams fans continue to devour every morsel of information that comes out of these workouts. Keep in mind, nobody is wearing pads yet, so everything you read and hear must be taken with a grain of salt.
When they break out the pads, stuff gets real.
So far, the players that stand out in OTAs are just making an impression. By standing out in OTAs, maybe they get more reps when training camps open, and maybe those extra reps lead to a greater understanding of the overall scheme.
At least that's what Chris Givens and Greg Salas hope happens.
So far, according to Nick Wagoner at stlrams.com, Givens and Salas look sharp at practice. According to Wagoner, Givens has been impressive and is playing on the outside, while Danny Amendola and Steve Smith have been working the slot.
Salas also looks terrific after missing most of last season with a severe leg injury. The numbers from Salas' rookie season are not mind-blowing (27 catches, 264 yards and no touchdowns). However, when you go inside the numbers, Salas was really starting to get better before he got hurt.
Salas had eight catches for 77 yards at Green Bay. He put up seven catches for 59 yards at Arizona, the game where he broke his leg. If he had managed to stay healthy, Salas was on pace for around 60-70 catches and 600-700 yards. Salas did all of that as a rookie with no OTAs to learn the offense.
As I said earlier this week, I think Salas could make a big impact in 2012.
Meanwhile. the first unit of the offensive line isn't getting a chance to get any quality reps during these OTAs. Scott Wells continues to watch these practices with "an injury issue." Ron Clements of CBS Sports also reported that Jason Smith didn't practice and was limited.
Again, with no pads on, this isn't the end of the world. Having said that, after watching Sam Bradford get killed, it would be nice to see the O Line get some reps together and start to develop some cohesion. That's not too much to ask for, is it?
That's all for today. As always, thanks for reading.
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