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St. Louis Rams second-round draft pick offensive tackle Rodger Saffold takes part in drills during NFL football training camp at the team's training facility Friday, July 30, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Rams second-round draft pick offensive tackle Rodger Saffold takes part in drills during NFL football training camp at the team's training facility Friday, July 30, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Rams general manager Billy Devaney watches practice during NFL football training camp at the Rams' training facility Friday, July 30, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Rams general manager Billy Devaney watches practice during NFL football training camp at the Rams' training facility Friday, July 30, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
A St. Louis Rams team photographer films practice as storm clouds hang overhead during NFL football training camp at the Rams' training facility Friday, July 30, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson A St. Louis Rams team photographer films practice as storm clouds hang overhead during NFL football training camp at the Rams' training facility Friday, July 30, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo gestures during NFL football training camp at the team's training facility Friday, July 30, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo gestures during NFL football training camp at the team's training facility Friday, July 30, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
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Spagnuolo eager to begin full-squad workouts

   ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Practices are moving a little slow for Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo.
   He can't wait for St. Louis' first full-squad workout on Saturday.
   "There's a little extra juice," said Spagnuolo. "I'm feeling that already."
   The Rams went through practices Friday morning for rookies, quarterbacks and players coming off injuries. Since the full squad wasn't scheduled to report until later Friday, the Rams didn't have the numbers they'd need to run at their usual high tempo.
   "There were moments I thought the tempo could have been a little bit faster," Spagnuolo said. "But we had three linebackers and that's it. I have to remember that. You try to get the tempo real high but you got three guys running every play.
   "When we get rocking and rolling with the whole crew, I'll probably feel a little bit better."
   Spagnuolo will probably feel a lot better when the first overall pick in last April's draft, quarterback Sam Bradford, is in camp. Although negotiations between the Rams and Bradford's representatives went well into Thursday evening, the former Heisman Trophy winner remained unsigned and has now missed three practices.
   For now, veteran A.J. Feeley, second year man Keith Null and rookie Thaddeus Lewis are taking the snaps.
   "Really nothing's changed," Spagnuolo said. "When I see (executive vice president of football operations) Kevin (Demoff) I'm looking for one word, just give me d-o-n-e. And when I don't get that, I say OK, I got to go to practice. "
   Spagnuolo said Bradford has not fallen too far behind. However, the sooner he gets here, the better.
   "We all need all the time," he said. "I needed the time. It will just be a crash course. But he's a sharp enough guy if we feed him and he pulls one of those all-nighters, he'll be OK."
   The Rams are hoping the same can be said for last year's No. 1 pick Jason Smith, who was limited to some individual work and conditioning Friday due to a nagging toe injury that Smith suffered toward the end of the organized team activities.
   Smith was an injury casualty for much of last year. He missed seven games due to a knee injury and concussion-related symptoms.
   Given that Smith is moving to a new position, left tackle, he also could use all the work he can get. But Spagnuolo said the team is not pushing.
   "Jason just did the individual and then he went over to do some conditioning," Spagnuolo said. "But he felt good. We're treading a little lightly on that one. We're trying to get him completely healthy and get rolling.
   "He's getting the things in the meeting room. He's getting the physical stuff from the conditioning standpoint. So we're good with that."
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