Wake Up Sprinting: It's Game Week

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Myles Simmons brings you everything you need to know about the Rams, including Robert Quinn's potential ceiling, Sam Bradford's pitch count and the latest on today's practice.

Ready or not, here comes football. It’s officially game week, as the Rams get ready to take on the Saints for the first game of the preseason on Friday at the Edward Jones Dome. Here’s what you need to know to get your Monday started right.
1. Aeneas Williams enshrined in the Hall of Fame
The first competitive snaps of the 2014 season were played Sunday night between the Giants and Bills in the Hall of Fame game, celebrating the seven players enshrined in Canton. But the night before, former Ram Aeneas Williams gave a rousing speech on his life and career in the NFL. Though he spent the majority of his career with the Cardinals, Williams thanked past and current Rams officials for their support.
One of many speech highlights was when Williams talked about one of his early revelations on playing football after he once got hit hard.
“I was on the ground wondering when I would catch my next breath,” Williams said. “It was at that time God spoke to me. You know what he said? It’s got to be better hitting people than getting hit.”
No question, that’s how Williams played throughout his NFL career.
2. Gregg Williams is who you expect he is
New Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams can often be heard on the practice field barking commands. And linebacker Alec Ogletree told our Casey Phillips that the experience of playing for him is exactly what you might think it’s like.
“He’s pretty much been everything you expect from what you’ve heard of him,” Ogletree said. “It’s great working for him. A guy like him, it’s a great opportunity for us.”
Williams is molding the Rams into an attacking, multiple-front defense that plays to the strengths of its personnel. Who wouldn’t like playing in a scheme like that?
3. Can Robert Quinn get better?
His 19-sack 2013 season was tremendous, but defensive end Robert Quinn said to our Casey Phillips that he’s still working to get better. Quinn came in at No. 13 on the NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2014.
“That’s all fine and dandy, but it’s in the past now,” Quinn said. “I’m ready to get better as this year goes on and maybe move higher on the list from my peers and fans.”
Quinn added that he’s going to take it one game at a time, which is no surprise. But can you imagine a even better Robert Quinn? Look out, NFL.
4. Bradford’s pitch count
Head coach Jeff Fisher revealed at #RamsFanFest on Saturday that the team has been monitoring quarterback Sam Bradford’s throws, just to make sure he doesn’t do too much. Because there’s no hard number, it hasn’t affected practice much, if at all.
But Bradford said on Saturday that monitoring throws at all is significantly different from his days as a Sooner.

WATCH: Sam Bradford's Post-#RamsFanFest Press Conference

“In college, they don’t really care,” Bradford said. “You’ll throw like 500 balls a day and they’re like, ‘Yeah, you’re good, just put some ice on it.’”
Who knew Sam doubled as a comedian?
5. We’re talkin’ about practice
The Rams will be back on the field for a training camp session at 3:30 p.m. CT Monday afternoon. Practice is open to the public, so come on out and join us at Rams Park.