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Rams working on the run game

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams sent a resounding message about what type of offense they want to be this offseason when they spent five draft picks on offensive linemen and spent the No. 10 overall pick on running back Todd Gurley.

They want to run, they want to run often and they want to run well. Although it's still early, they haven't gotten much in the way of run game results in their two exhibition contests, at least not with the starters. The first-team offense has 40 yards on 14 carries. For those keeping score, that's 2.9 yards per attempt. It's also not nearly good enough for a team that wants the run game to be the focal point of its offensive attack.

So it was that the Rams spent most of their Wednesday practice working on the run game. It's a point of emphasis anyway but it was even more of one in Wednesday's workout.

"We had the pads on and had more of a run emphasis," coach Jeff Fisher said. "Of course we got our throwing in seven on seven but most of our team work was heavy run because we needed to work on (it)."

Don't be surprised if there's plenty of handoffs in Saturday night's third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts as the Rams attempt to get the run game rolling toward the regular season.

A few other notes from Wednesday's practice:

-- CB Brandon McGee, LB Daren Bates, CB E.J. Gaines, LB Korey Toomer, OL Steven Baker, TE Brad Smelley, DT Doug Worthington were among the Rams sitting out Wednesday's practice. Defensive tackle Michael Brockers and offensive lineman Rodger Saffold did some work on the side.

-- One of the more entertaining training camp drills is the one-on-one blitz pickups matching linebackers and safeties against running backs. On Wednesday, it was decided advantage for the defense though both sides had some highs and lows. Safety Mark Barron and linebacker Alec Ogletree had some strong rushes, using their hands to quick disengage from blockers to get to the "quarterback." The best move of the day came when safety Maurice Alexander used a well-timed spin to beat back Malcolm Brown. The move drew praise from teammates and defensive backs coach Brandon Fisher began yelling "I can't teach that one" as he offered Alexander a high five.

It wasn't all bad for the running backs, though. Benny Cunningham held his own against safety T.J. McDonald on a couple of reps and Chase Reynolds took linebacker Cameron Lynch to the ground on another snap.

-- It's also worth noting that while Gurley is back in practice and able to do most of the work, he did not participate in the blitz pickup drill. It's the closest thing the Rams have to full contact in these practices and clearly they aren't quite ready to have Gurley doing that just yet.

-- A couple of other highlights: Quarterback Nick Foles hit receiver Kenny Britt on a well-placed long ball over cornerback Trumaine Johnson in one-on-one drills for a would-be touchdown. ... Johnson rebounded with an interception in seven-on-seven red zone drills when Stedman Bailey juggled a pass from Foles and couldn't hang on. ... Undrafted rookie cornerback Montell Garner came up with a nice leaping interception against Case Keenum.

-- The Rams practice Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET in their final session before Saturday's preseason game against the Colts.