The Rams wrapped up their 2nd second of training camp for rookies this afternoon. Veterans don’t report until Saturday with the first day of a full squad practice taking place on Sunday.
Here’s the highlights of today:
- I was extremely impressed with WR Brian Quick. He is such an outstanding athlete and made a couple really acrobatic catches in individual drills. Now, don’t get me wrong, in training camp before they even put the pads on it’s very hard to get a good guage on how someone is going to be. There’s no defense there so it’s not like there’s a cornerback you are trying to get seperation from on the way to catching the ball. But from what I am able to see Quick is every bit the athlete that he’s been built up as. 6’3”, 220 lbs and runs very well for his size. I like his chances of getting in the top 3 this season for the wide receving corps. It remains to be seen exactly how much Jeff Fisher is going to lean towards experience because, frankly, there is none at that position. Steve Smith is the senior member of the group and he’s battled injury the last couple seasons. As far as I’m concerned, the Rams need to get their best players on the field. And Quick is most likely among the best they’ve got talent-wise.
- The only issue to take place was rookie CB Trumaine Johnson sleeping through his alarm clock yesterday and missing his flight to St. Louis...therefore making him late on his first day on the job. That’s definitely not the way you want to start your NFL career but, by all accounts, Johnson has never been the type of guy to have problems. I’m sure he’ll be fined a small amount.
- All the rookies got their contracts done, including 2nd round pick Janoris Jenkins out of North Alabama by way of Florida. He was in uniform and practicing for the Rams today. Jenkins looked smooth and showed just how explosive he is of an athlete. Jenkins should be expected to start for the Rams this year. No doubt about that. This franchise needs talent and he’s got as more of that than just about anyone on the roster. Especially at his position. Cortland Finnegan will be a good veteran mentor for Jenkins (if he allows it) but those two have got to be the Rams starting cornerbacks this season. If the Rams can find a way to get Jenkins to move past all the off the field issues he’s had in college, they will have struck gold with that pick. He was probably the best CB in the 2012 draft...even ahead of Morris Claiborn who went to Dallas in the top 10. It was just off the field issues that caused him to fall to the 2nd round.
- The Rams will have one more rookie practice tomorrow morning at 10:30 am before getting Saturday off when the veterans report. Then on Sunday it will be the first practice will the entire team on the field. That’s when we’ll get a chance to see everyone in action.
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