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Gilyard glad to be in camp working

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St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, left,  talks with wide receiver Mardy Gilyard after practice at a team minicamp, Thursday, June 10, 2010,  in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, left, talks with wide receiver Mardy Gilyard after practice at a team minicamp, Thursday, June 10, 2010, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rookie receiver Mardy Gilyard is working with the second string for the St. Louis Rams in minicamp but his plans include much more.

Gilyard, the fourth-round draft pick from Cincinnati, has high aspirations for contributing to the Rams this season.

"I didn't think they brought me in to sit on the sideline," Gilyard said Friday on the second day of a three-day minicamp. "So I'm going to come in and try to contribute the best way I can to bring the 'Greatest Show on Turf' back to St. Louis."

Ahead of Gilyard on the first team receiving corps are Donnie Avery, Laurent Robinson and Danny Amendola.

Right now, Gilyard is a little behind. He has not worked out with the Rams since the rookie minicamp held after the draft in April. NFL rules won't let a player participate with a team in organized team activities until his college's final examinations were held.

Even though he dropped out of school after the draft, Gilyard wasn't eligible. So, he worked out in Cincinnati with former quarterback Tony Pike and current quarterback Zach Collaros. When they weren't around, he used a machine to fire passes to him.

In addition, Gilyard spoke frequently on the telephone with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and wide receivers coach Nolan Cromwell. He got study materials from them.

"They sent me some stuff to look over so I could stay refreshed on where I need to line up, the splits, and so on and so forth," Gilyard said. "Our route tree, things of that sort, just so I wouldn't come in like a deer in the headlights."

He also spoke frequently with rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall player in the draft.

Gilyard's grasping trying to get through the Rams' playbook. It's a big task.

"The playbook's like a phone book," Gilyard said. "It's like the Yellow Pages."

On the practice field at Rams Park, Gilyard looked good working with Bradford. Both stayed after practice to get some extra work in.

"It is nice to have him here," Bradford said. "Obviously we were here together in the rookie minicamp and due to his college situation he's not able to be here until now. But now that he's here we're going to try to put in as much work as possible. Both of us are learning things. It's good for us to stay after practice because I'm learning, he's learning, and hopefully we can get on the same page."

Bradford has a good impression of Gilyard.

"I thought he did very well in the rookie minicamp," Bradford said. "I thought he picked everything up really quickly. We see a lot of bump and run here. I thought he did a great job of separating, running routes. I was very impressed when we walked away from rookie minicamp with him."

Count coach Steve Spagnuolo among those also glad to see Gilyard working out.

"Yeah, it was great to have him out there. Because of the rule with exams and then he couldn't be here until now, it's going to take him a little while to get him up to speed," Spagnuolo said. "It'll take a little while, but he'll get caught up quick."

Now, all Gilyard has to do is cater to the veterans in the age-old rite of rookies performing mundane tasks.

Gilyard said he is ready for whatever the veterans want him to do.

"Whatever you want me to do, I'm going to do. Serve water? I'll serve water," Gilyard said. "Gatorade? I'll crack the top. You know what I'm saying? I'm just that guy."

The Rams are hoping so.

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