YOU COULD HEAR IT
Practice wasn’t just about what you could see at Rams Park this afternoon -- it was what you could hear.
The Rams got after each other on offense and defense, providing a soundtrack of pops and thuds for the assembled crowd of over 1,000 fans.
“We needed to get out of them what we got out of them today,” head coach Jeff Fisher said. “We worked on the run game early in practice, which was good. They’re protecting each other. They’re using their pads.”
There was plenty of chatter on the field as well -- and not just from the usual suspect, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Plenty of players were whooping it up, mustering some enthusiasm on a pretty warm day.
“When it’s hot, it’s hot,” Fisher said. “But they got used to it. They had a little breeze, so they’re fine.”
“That's brotherhood out there,” Joyner told Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We’re not playing for paychecks out there. We’re playing for championships.”
“I think those guys are just trying to transition themselves into game-like situations,” rookie
Even with the nature of Monday’s practice, Fisher said Tuesday could bring even more sound effects.
“We’re probably going to do a little bit more probably from the physical standpoint than we did today,” Fisher said.
It’ll be plenty more fun to hear those pads continue to pop.
With his 117 tackles, 10 pass deflections, six forced fumbles, and 1.5 sacks, linebacker
“We expect more production out of him,” Fisher said. “He’s been working on it. We’re pleased with where he is right now.”
“We’ll create some matchups and might be doing a little bit more pressure than he’s done before,” Fisher said. “But from a cover standpoint, he can do it.”
As someone who Fisher said has “made the big plays and he’s got the big-play potential,” Ogletree told our Casey Phillips on at #RamsFanFest on Saturday that his goals start with mastering his craft in meetings.
“Just being fundamental with all my stuff,” Ogletree said. “Make sure I own the playbook, and make sure I’ll be able to take what I’ve learned in the classroom onto the field.”
As long as he’s progressing, the Rams will have another stout player for their front seven.
TWITTER QUESTION OF THE DAY
If you missed it a few days ago, I’m new around these parts as your Rams Insider. So given my title, I figured it might not be a bad idea to try something new by taking a Twitter question and using it here. Tweet it to me at any time @MylesASimmons (https://twitter.com/mylesasimmons), and it might make it here. And even if it doesn’t, I’ll do my best to Tweet you an answer.
The inaugural question comes from @CasualMook, who asks:
Donald looks like he fits right in with the first team. As all of you know, there is a whole lot of talent on the Rams defensive line, and it definitely looks like Donald has the tools to be another strong piece. Of course, you never really know until the games start and he’s played some snaps against a live opponent. But it sure looks so far like Donald could be the real deal.
Thanks for the question, @CasualMook.
“[Hill] traditionally has played very well in preseason games over the last few years, so we expect him to do so,” Fisher said. “They’ll all get a chance to play."
…Hill, a 13-year veteran who has seen his share of quarterbacks, had some pretty nice words about the starter at his position.
“I’ve been very impressed with Sam,” Hill said. “What an unbelievable talent -- great guy, too. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our time together so far."
The Rams will have their last open practice of the week on Tuesday at Rams Park. The session starts at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free.