EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of St. Louis Rams training camp.
On a beautiful night in St. Louis, legendary Rams quarterback Kurt Warner took in the practice as part of his role with NFL Network. Warner spoke to quarterback Sam Bradford, spoke to the media and signed plenty of autographs but really held the crowd's interest when he stayed after practice and threw some passes to receivers Tavon Austin and Chris Givens. The crowd, one of the biggest the Rams have had at a training camp practice in St. Louis at 2,291 people, certainly had plenty to watch.
And it wasn't limited to what was happening with Warner. The top offense finally found some traction in Sunday's practice and Bradford appeared to settle in a little more as he went through his third consecutive practice. Bradford connected with receiver Kenny Britt a few times, including in the red zone and also found Brian Quick for some big plays. Quick's finest moment came when he ran a deep in during red zone drills and use his frame to box out cornerback Janoris Jenkins for a touchdown. Quick later connected with Bradford again for a deep ball down the left sideline as Bradford threw a good ball with the blitz bearing down. Bradford even drew some cheers from fans who might be worried about his mobility when he took off scrambling in team drills near the end zone. It wasn't all good for the offense though as there were still some leaks in the offensive line and there were a couple of false starts on linemen during red zone team drills.
In today's edition of as the offensive line turns, the Rams made good on their promise to continue rotating their linemen with a slightly altered look. Rodger Saffold and Greg Robinson swapped spots with Saffold moving outside to tackle and Robinson in to left guard. Tim Barnes took another turn at center with Scott Wells not practicing. The right side remained steady with Joe Barksdale at tackle and Davin Joseph at guard. Joseph, by the way, has looked pretty good in the opening days. He's a strong guy and one of the few who seems to be able to get his hands on defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
On the injury front, not much has changed but there were a couple new additions to the list of those sitting out practice. Offensive lineman Brandon Washington and cornerback Trumaine Johnson joined the usual group that includes safety Christian Bryant, fullback Kadeem Jones, linebacker Johnny Millard, end Sammy Brown, Wells, offensive tackle Jake Long, end William Hayes and defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks, on the sidelines. Johnson appeared to tweak something in Saturday's practice and did not return then before sitting Sunday.
With Johnson out, extra reps have been available for some young corners including Darren Woodard, Brandon McGee and, on Sunday, rookie Lamarcus Joyner. Joyner got some work as the nickel with the first team defense as the Rams shuffled the secondary in Johnson's absence.
Rookie quarterback Garrett Gilbert is not lacking for snaps in this camp so far. He took a lot of reps Sunday, including some with the second-team offense. The results have been mixed. He dropped in a couple of nice throws early, including one to tight end Lance Kendricks for a touchdown in the modified seven on seven early in practice. Later, he airmailed a throw intended for open tight end Cory Harkey that should have been a touchdown. Clearly, the Rams are interested in getting him up to speed quickly.
Zac Stacy, who is still the primary running back with the first team offense, has looked sharp in the opening days and had another good day Sunday. On one run in team, Stacy hit the hole, made a defender miss and took off for what would have been a long gain to the sounds of loud cheers from the crowd. Worth noting that Isaiah Pead is getting some work with the second unit as is Benny Cunningham and a few for Tre Mason. Appears to be plenty of rotating going on behind Stacy.
The Rams are eligible to begin wearing the pads Monday and they will do so according to coach Jeff Fisher. But, per Fisher's custom, the plan is to have a special teams practice in the morning as a way of getting the majority of the roster acclimated to being back in pads. For those that aren't participating in the special teams practice, there will be work in the recovery room. By the time the Rams have their next open practice, scheduled for Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. ET, the full squad can officially be back in pads.