The Rams hit the field in pads on Tuesday before a day of rest on Wednesday to travel to Cleveland where they will take on the Browns in their first preseason game of 2013. On one of the hotter days of training camp the team performed well, according to Head Coach Jeff Fisher.
“They did fine. Obviously, they’re in good shape,” Fisher said. “I thought they handled the heat pretty well. We’ll clearly back down tomorrow, kind of a walk-thru pace practice before we take off.”
- WR Austin Pettis, the veteran of the receiving corps, consistently came up with big receptions throughout practice. Second-year WR Brian Quick got into the mix with a touchdown in red zone 7-on-7, in addition to several other catches in the afternoon.
- CB Janoris Jenkins continued to make plays in the secondary, as he picked off his second pass in as many days during 11-on-11 team period. Later in practice, rookie S Cody Davis closed hard on a deep ball and took it the other way, covering a large part of the middle of the field in the process.
- Second-year RB Daryl Richardson had a strong day on the ground with several long runs thanks to the offensive line that provided him with large holes throughout the day.
- The defense collectively played well from start to finish. The front continued to force the quarterback from the pocket on multiple occasions, while the linebackers and secondary maintained coverage downfield. There were a number of pass breakups and deflections throughout the afternoon.
Position battles to watch for in Thursday’s exhibition game at Cleveland:
- On the offensive side of the ball, there are a number of running backs looking to earn a role in this year’s offense. Richardson and Isaiah Pead aim to improve on last year’s performances, while rookies Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham look forward to their first snaps in the NFL. Chase Reynolds and Terrance Ganaway are back after being on last year’s squad and also hope to impress coaches in the first contest of the year.
- The left guard position also warrants close watch, as Chris Williams and Shelley Smith are both vying for starting time. The two will finally get the chance to show what they’re capable of against an opposing defense.
- On the defensive side of the ball, there are several players at safety that hope to seize the opportunity for a starting role. Rookie T.J. McDonald has been impressive thus far in camp, while Darian Stewart and Rodney McLeod look to earn a full time role on defense. Quinton Pointer, Rashard Hall, and Cody Davis will also look to make some big plays to pull ahead in a race that has been competitive so far in training camp.