The Rams on Thursday had another spirited practice, which was their last until they reconvene in late July for the start of training camp. Coach Jeff Fisher and staff had a fun challenge at the end of practice for the team, again continuing to build competition and togetherness. He pitted the offensive linemen against the defensive linemen in a contest to see which side could catch the most punts shot out of a jug machine about 70 yards away. The losing group’s punishment: running a gasser (55 yards across the field and back, timed).

As one can imagine, there were some fun moments and a lot of laughter going on. While a few big men came close to catching a punt, others went the opposite direction and looked totally lost. Fisher had to switch up the competition to accelerate the outcome; he called for all offensive and defensive players who are returners. Danny Amendola was the first player up and caught the ball on the first punt, forcing all of the defensive players to run.

After watching all OTA sessions and three days of minicamp, it appears obvious that this team has come together, a notion seconded by Fisher.

“We had our final meeting, our wrap-up meeting today. They understand what’s ahead,” Fisher said. “They understand the challenges, they understand the uniqueness of this training camp, the limited number of practices we have and how important it is to go out and work. They have to work, can’t afford not to come back in the best shape of your lives, because we have just a few practices to get ready for the opener.”

In all my years in the league – 11 of those as a front-office executive – I have been a part of 15 offseasons, including rookie camps, OTAs and minicamps. Only once have I seen a team come together so quickly, learning a new system on both sides of the ball and as a cohesive unit.

“The offseason attendance was really, really good,” Fisher confirmed. “We had 48 of the 55 veterans, had over 90 percent, and I had almost 40 of them with 100 percent attendance. I really never had seen anything like that. That sets the bar for us moving forward.”

When Fisher was asked if his team was hungry to be winners, he quickly responded, “Not hungry to win, but expect to win – everybody does. The past is the past. We’re looking forward with the expectation to win football games.”

The only facet of the team I was unable to evaluate was the team’s level of physicality, due to the NFL ruling of no padded practices during minicamps. But I can tell you what this team is: young, focused, extremely determined, greatly improved athletically. They have increased size and overall depth at all positions, and they have an experienced head coach and staff.

In six weeks, the Rams will report to training camp, which will be held in St. Louis at the ContinuityX Training Center. The primary motto for this team, as Fisher told Rams fans after practice: one game at a time. It starts with a win against the Detroit Lions on the road, followed by an impressive performance vs. the Washington Redskins at the Edward Jones Dome.