There were no moon shots from kicker Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein. Or surprise comments from quarterback Sam Bradford about his ankle still bothering him. That was last year.
This year’s FanFest at the Edward Jones Dome featured nothing out of the ordinary. But there was a crisp 2-minute drill highlighted by an 11-yard touchdwon pass from Bradford to new tight end Jared Cook. And there were enough tosses to Cook Tavon Austin and the rest of the Rams’ receivers to leave a Saturday crowd estimated at 15000 stimulated about what 2013 could offer.

Bradford knows the feeling.

“I’m definitely excited about the potential of this offense and the things that we’re capable of doing” he said. “Obviously we have a lot of speed and a lot of playmakers.

“I think the greatest thing as a quarterback is I can trust my reads and trust my progressions and know that wherever I go with the ball we’ll have a playmaker and someone who’s able to make the play once the ball’s in his hand.”

Make no mistake this group is a l-o-n-g way from any comparisons to the Greatest Show on Turf. But the potential — repeat potential — is there for multiple options in the passing game which was a trademark of the Greatest Show.

Before practice started general manager Les Snead — standing on the field — told the crowd that the Rams’ goal was to “conquer the West.” As in NFC West. But after 18 years as an NFL head coach Jeff Fisher is not one to get overly excited over a few sharp-looking pass plays on a Saturday afternoon in early August.

“It’s hard to judge” Fisher said. “Ask me after Thursday night.”

Which would be the preseason opener in Cleveland against the Browns.

“You just don’t know” he said of what figures to be the NFL’s youngest team for the second consecutive season. “We know what to do. We know how to do it. But how we matchup against another opponent? I don’t know.”

The offense was at it’s best Sunday during a 2-minute drill that began deep in Rams territory with a “pretend” 1:40 left on the Dome scoreboard clock and one timeout. Working against the Rams’ starting defense Bradford completed seven of eight passes — totals that don’t include a couple of spiked balls.