Thursday Camp Notes: Focus on the Fundamentals

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Two days away from their second preseason game, the Rams took time to focus on the fundamentals during a shells practice on Thursday afternoon.

QB Sam Bradford and the offense came out early firing on all cylinders to jumpstart practice. Bradford connected with WRs Stedman Bailey, Austin Pettis, and Brian Quick on multiple occasions all over the field. Chris Givens stood out amongst the group of young receivers and dazzled fans with big play after big play. Throughout individual, 7-on-7, and 11-on-11 periods, the second-year pro consistently hauled in passes on routes of varying depth downfield.

CB Janoris Jenkins responded back with an interception while defending a deep ball in the team’s 11-on-11 period. Fans are hopeful to see similar plays from Jenkins this season following a rookie campaign where he returned three picks for touchdowns.

WR Justin Veltung hauled in receptions downfield on back-to-back plays, bringing the second one in with one hand. Veltung showed his speed by creating space vertically down the field and horizontally across the middle.

Two guests of honor attended Thursday’s practice: Rams legend Torry Holt and former NFL head coach and father of Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, Marty Schottenheimer. Holt returned to the Rams practice field following his first stint covering the team as a color analyst with the Rams Broadcast Network. While Holt shared his knowledge with the young receivers, Marty Schottenheimer roamed the sidelines and enjoyed the company of Rams fans throughout the afternoon.

After practice, Brian Schottenheimer addressed the media and discussed his expectations of the offense heading into their second preseason game.

“Build on last week,” Schottenheimer said. “Obviously we’ve got to take care of the football better. We’re just kind of going about our installation. We’re going with what we’ve done.

“We’re actually going back for probably a fourth or fifth time now. So I think we see that our guys are playing fast. Now we’re able to coach the fundamentals that go along with the plays. I think that’s where you take it to the next level.”

Defensive Coordinator Tim Walton also spoke after practice and talked about how he would like to see the defense improve following the preseason opener in Cleveland.

“We’ve just got to play better fundamentally,” Walton said. “We’ve got to make sure we tackle better and just play technique. We pretty much try to let the guys play pretty simple, not doing a whole lot. We just want to see guys fly around and communicate and be good in the gap responsibility in the run game.”

The Rams will resume practice on Friday at 11:15 a.m. in preparation for the home preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, August 17 at the Edward Jones Dome.