Practice Recap: Prepping for Cleveland

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Get the latest on playing time expectations for Saturday, James Laurinaitis' availability and projected roster cuts.

The Rams endured the heat in their first post-training camp practice of 2014 at Rams Park on Thursday.

“We tried to familiarize them with Cleveland,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. “Cleveland’s obviously got a new staff, new coordinators. They’re playing very well on defense, they settled on their quarterback and they’ve got a running game going, so we tried to give them a chance to get familiar with that.”

Though some teams utilize the third preseason game as a dress rehearsal of sorts, Fisher reiterated his intention to build snaps throughout the preseason and play the starters through the first half.

“Some guys may come out a little sooner, but that’ll be our barometer,” Fisher stated.

It does appear Jake Long, Michael Brockers and Rodger Saffold will play against the Browns after participating in today’s practice.

“We got James [Laurinaitis] on the field,” Fisher said. “We don’t know whether he’s going to go. It’ll be very close. Rodger is expected to play, Jake is expected to play and [Brockers] is back.”

With just two games left to play in the preseason and the first round of roster cuts quickly approaching, Fisher hopes to see some of the younger talent on the roster standout.

“We’re looking for improvement out of the younger group of players on special teams,” Fisher said. “We’ve got to minimize our special teams penalties.”

“The roster may look a little bit different than years past because we may have more depth at one position. We may go a little heavier at one position versus another position.”

Fisher also shared his excitement to take on Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel on Saturday.

“I’m hoping he gets to play a lot,” Fisher said. “He’s an outstanding athlete and he’ll test our defense if he breaks the pocket and takes off running.”