Welcome to the St. Louis Rams "News and Notes at Noon" the preeminent place for major Rams headlines and updates with brief commentary and analysis for Rams Nation.
Due to the heavy schedule covering training camp, these notes will be limited, compared to those of the past, in regard to the commentary and analysis shared here.
Detailed Training Camp Report Via Missourisportsmag.com: Day One
I will be covering the entirety of the Rams 2012 training camp for missourisportsmag.com.
For the detailed and thorough report from the first day of action at the Continuity X Training Center, please click here.
Among other things, I shared my impressions on a plethora of individual players, reports from various drills, position specific highlights, final thoughts and more.
Various Reports on Chris Long's Four Year Extension
As most of you probably know my now, the Associated Press reported the Rams have agreed to terms with the 27-year-old standout defensive end (via ESPN).
For a nice report with an interview from Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com, please check this.
For a feature on Long from Jeff Gordon for stltoday.com that suggests that Long's hard work is paying off, please go here.
Finally, my report on the Long signing is available via this link. I discuss why Long has only scratched the surface to his sack potential thus far.
According to Nick Wagoner in a separate piece from that above, the Rams could be locking up middle linebacker James Laurinaitis very soon, too.
Having both foundational pillars in place would help cement the initiation of the Jeff Fisher era, one that looks promising when considering the direction of the team and all of the premium draft picks that St. Louis has stored away for the 2013 and 2014 NFL drafts.
ESPN's Mike Sando on Rams Training Camp
Sando also put together this piece regarding the difference one could see with Jeff Fisher on the sidelines for training camp.
In addition, Sando produced a great report on Jackson's new dietary commitment and amazing body fat percentage and a cool video, literally, showing Rams Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Operations having fun with the fans.
Nick Wagoner's Training Camp Reports
Stlouisrams.com senior writer Nick Wagoner posted a couple of nice training camp pieces yesterday.
The first one, a blog post, takes a look at some of what went on at camp and hits on several individual performances.
The second, in article form, shares some terrific quotes, additional observations and talks about the terrific energy the St. Louis players displayed.
Rams Positional Battles and Training Camp Video Interviews
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shared a nice look at all of the Rams positional battles.
In addition, Thomas posted a video piece for the aforementioned publication, too, as you can see here. The video includes Jeff Fisher and Chris Long, among others.
One Advantage Rams Have Over Each Divisional Opponent
My friend and colleague Steven Gerwel produced a fine piece detailing an advantage that the Rams have over each NFC West divisional opponent.
For one example, Gerwel sees St. Louis as having the following edge over the Arizona Cardinals: talent.
Please click the above-linked piece for the individual advantages Gerwel feels the Rams have over each division rival.
Great Attendance at first Day of Rams Camp, Especially Considering Space Issues
According to this report from Larry Hartstein at cbssports.com, attendance was very strong at Rams training camp, especially when considering the tight accomadations at Rams Park.
Hartstein shared additional camp observations in the above-linked submission.
Jim Thomas Practice Notes
Finally, in yet another piece from Jim Thomas for stltoday.com, the veteran Rams beat writer and reporter shared his observations here.
Have a great day, as always, STL Rams Nation.