Rams will get late start on OTAs

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- For most of this week, there will be news and tidbits coming out of every NFL city as teams either open or continue organized team activities (OTAs).

Except in St. Louis.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher has his own plan and it deviates from how the bulk of the league approaches this phase of the offseason program. Fisher's squad will begin OTAs a week from Tuesday with the first session scheduled for June 3.

There are 21 teams that will begin OTAs Tuesday, joining the four clubs -- Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Arizona and Detroit -- that began last week. On Wednesday, six more teams will join the fray, leaving only the Rams waiting to start the actual on-field portion of their offseason program.

The Rams have been in the offseason strength and conditioning phase of their offseason program since they were allowed to begin on April 21. Since then, the veterans have been working with strength coach Rock Gullickson multiple days a week. The rookies were brought along a little slower.

After the draft, the rookie class spent a few days getting used to their surroundings before stepping on the field for what amounted to glorified conditioning sessions rather than a prototypical rookie minicamp. They joined the veterans in the conditioning program last week.

When OTAs begin, the Rams will have 10 sessions between June 3 and June 20.

Here are the dates of the team's OTAs: June 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 20.

Much like his approach to the rest of the offseason program, Fisher also closes out the spring/early summer work different than the rest of the league. The Rams are again scheduled to finish their offseason without a full-squad minicamp as most teams around the league will. The last piece of the offseason puzzle scheduled is the June 20 OTA session.

All practices are closed to the public.