Are these young players stepping into a new world? No. Turning the page and entering into a new chapter? Yes. Rams rookies reported on Tuesday, and will participate in a few private practice sessions later in the week. The team officially opens training camp on Sunday, July 29, with a 3:30 p.m. practice that is open to the public.
Rams’ Full Training Camp Schedule:
Date Open Practice Times
Sunday, July 29 Practice 3:30 p.m.
Monday, July 30 Practice 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 31 Practice 3:30 p.m.
Friday, August 3 Practice 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 4 Scrimmage 12:30 p.m. (Edward Jones Dome)
Monday, August 6 Practice 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 7 Practice 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 8 Practice 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 9 Practice 3:30 p.m.
Friday, August 10 Practice 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 14 Practice 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 15 Practice 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 16 Practice 3:30 p.m.
Monday, August 20 Practice 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21 Practice 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22 Practice 3:30 p.m.
These rookie sessions are intended to regurgitate the information learned during the minicamps and OTAs in the spring. They give the coaches a chance to find out which rookies retained the information, and those who need a little more time in the classroom through blackboard X&Os and visual learning (video) or on field reps. Those who lacked the motivation to push themselves past the comfort zone while working out on their own the past five weeks will receive some extra attention from the strength coach. These poorly conditioned individuals will be as obvious as flies in milk, which will be unsettling for the coaches and embarrassing for the individual.
The rookies (as well as the veterans, when they report on Friday) will take a full physical and eye exam, which is routine. All rookies and vets will need to pass a conditioning test before they are cleared to participate in training camp. The conditioning test is made up of timed sprints with limited rest points to be completed in a short amount of time. When I assisted the strength staff while coaching in college and watching as a scout and executive in the pros, I saw players unable to finish due to pulled muscles from lack of conditioning, cramping up because of hydration in 105-degree temperatures (with a heat index at 118) and players vomiting through their noses due to being completely out of shape. This is a bridge all players must cross with flying colors, or it’s not a good start to a very intense and competitive situation called training camp.
All the while, the clock ticks toward the first cut. Rams captain Steven Jackson sent a message to rookie receiver Brain Quick that permeated through the draft class and college free agents: Come back from the break in shape and focused with the mindset ready to help this team win; we are counting on you to contribute.
Training camp is a different animal, insofar as there is pressure to stay on top of your playbook assignments, play error-free football in practice sessions and compete at a high level on a consistent basis from the first time you step on the field. In addition, the speed of the game has changed and the collisions are more explosive. Rookies, welcome to the grown man’s league.
Weather and field conditions are evaluated daily, so all dates and times provided are subject to change, including autograph sessions. Parking will be available at the lot directly north of the ContinuityX Training Center at no charge. No parking will be allowed at area businesses or in the ContinuityX Training Center parking lot. Video cameras and alcohol are prohibited.
Training camp dates and times provided by the Rams media relations department.