St. Louis Rams Training Camp: Recap of Monday's Practice

Ron Clements@Ron_ClementsCorrespondent IAugust 6, 2012

Rodger Saffold (76) was back practicing on Monday.
Rodger Saffold (76) was back practicing on Monday.Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The St. Louis Rams returned to the practice field on Monday after a day off.

The team held its annual scrimmage on Saturday, billing it as "Fan Fest" and holding the event at the Edward Jones Dome for the first time in the franchise’s 18-year stay in St. Louis.

Held out of Saturday’s glorified practice were center Scott Wells, offensive tackles Ryan McKee and Rodger Saffold, rookie fullback Todd Anderson, tight ends Lance Kendricks and Deangelo Peterson, and running back Daryl Richardson.

All but Wells practiced on Monday. The only other player not to participate was defensive tackle Trevor Laws.

Saffold is coming off of injured reserve after suffering a torn pectoral muscle last fall. That injury has all but healed, but his latest ailment was a slight groin pull.

Limited to either conditioning or individual work on Saturday were wide receiver Danario Alexander, safety Darian Stewart, and cornerbacks Jerome Murphy, Kendric Burney and Josh Gordy. Each had leg and/or hamstring soreness and all were back in action on Monday.

Rookie tackle Joe Long, undrafted out of Wayne State, was dinged up a bit on Saturday and returned to practice on Monday.

Most players were in either shells or shoulder pads on Monday, and some even appeared to be without pads as the Rams went with limited contact.

Quarterback Sam Bradford looked better than he did on Saturday, but backup Kellen Clemens was still inconsistent and struggled to make accurate passes. Undrafted rookie Austin Davis was also up and down and was intercepted by linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis. Clemens’ inconsistency audibly frustrated the receivers.

It didn’t help that running back Isaiah Pead and wide receivers Austin Pettis and Steve Smith dropped some passes. Pettis dove for one in the end zone but couldn’t hang onto the ball once he hit the ground.

The competition at wide receiver is in full swing as the Rams prepare for their preseason opener on Sunday. Danny Amendola, Smith, Brian Quick and Brandon Gibson have been getting most of the reps with the starting offense.

But to illustrate how deep this competition is among the 10 wideouts in camp, Greg Salas spent time with the first- and third-string units. Danario Alexander worked almost exclusively with the twos.

The Rams also have a competition going at each outside linebacker spot, and Justin Cole, Rocky McIntosh and Jo-Lonn Dunbar got work with the ones on Monday.

We know Cortland Finnegan will be one starter at cornerback. Bradley Fletcher and rookie Janoris Jenkins split time with the starters to begin the week.

At defensive tackle, undrafted rookie Matt Conrath continues to impress and to work with the ones. He shared time at defensive tackle with Kendall Langford and first-round pick Michael Brockers.

Safety Darian Stewart got his day with the starters on Monday, as he and Craig Dahl continue to split days in the defensive backfield. They both started games last year alongside Quintin Mikell and appear to be on that same track again this season.

The Rams have four fullbacks listed on the roster—Ovie Mughelli, Brit Miller, Todd Anderson and Ben Guidugli—but it appears that offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will also use tight ends as H-backs.

Mike McNeill, a second-year player and St. Louis native, worked at fullback with the second-string offense on Monday.


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