Quarterback Sam Bradford speaks to the media Friday, April 23, 2010, in St. Louis. Bradford was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Before the St. Louis Rams took Sam Bradford with the first pick of the draft he had a pretty good idea of what practices would be like.
A week earlier at his private workout, the Rams introduced the Oklahoma quarterback to a slice of the daily routine. He spent time in the huddle calling plays, barked out signals at the line, made defensive reads.
Coach Steve Spagnuolo says the workout differed from Bradford's pro day in that there was more "spitting out verbiage." Coaches also wanted to measure the quarterback's retention of some plays he had been given.
The Rams, 1-15 last year and 6-42 the last three seasons, are pinning their long-term hopes on the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner. He held up a No. 8 jersey before a news conference Friday attended by his parents, Martha and Kent Bradford, and Lucia Rodriguez, one-half of the brother-sister ownership team.
Bradford hits the field for the first time next weekend at a three-day rookie minicamp.
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