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St. Louis Rams a Little Sluggish Returning to Practice

August 1st, 2013 at 8:26 AM
By Chuck Chapman

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The St. Louis Rams returned to the practice field Wednesday after an off day on Tuesday. Head coach Jeff Fisher was none too pleased with what he saw, saying the team "took a step back a little bit."

“They pushed through it, it wasn’t our best practice," Fisher told the media. "You're going to have one of those every once in awhile. You’ve got to push through it and correct it.”

Fisher knows that with the Rams competing in arguably the toughest division in the NFL, his team has little room for regressions like what he witnessed on Wednesday. Still, even with a sub-par effort, there were some bright spots.

Jake Long got a good workout against Robert Quinn in one-on-one pass rush drills. Long more than held his own against the prolific pass rusher.

While the attention has been on first round pick Tavon Austin, fellow rookie Stedman Bailey and second year receiver Brian Quick both had very good afternoons. Bailey showed that he's a quick study, running precise routes that resulted in two scores. Quick, who has quickly come to a "make or break" time with the Rams, got deep on Janoris Jenkins in a one on one matchup.

TJ McDonald had another good day, although his aggressive hit on Daryl Richardson after a play was over drew the ire of several offensive players who let McDonald know he had crossed a line.

Sam Bradford revealed a cryptic bit of information after practice, implying that the Rams were going to be able to dig deeper into their playbook this season. Bradford said that offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer had plays developed last season that the Rams couldn't really use because they lacked the proper personnel. That appears to have changed.

The Rams will get back at it this evening at 5:30 p.m. at Rams Park.

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