Ladies and gentlemen, the Rams have left the building. The veterans dashed out of Rams Park on Friday knowing they don’t have to be back in the building for the next 5½ weeks. They didn’t go home empty-handed. They got what coach Jeff Fisher called a workout package, and a list of reminders. “They know that they’ll be tested when they return, so there’s an incentive to stay in shape,” Fisher said. Hence the workout package. As for the reminders ... “You know, all those things associated with summer,” Fisher said. “It’s the four-wheelers and the WaveRunners — all those things — because strange things happen out there, and most of the time they’re accidental.” The rookies will get the same message at the end of this week. “The rookies have one more week here, yeah,” Fisher said. “Just training, pushing the conditioning level, getting ready for camp, and then there will be some off-the-field activities.” The rookies report back on July 21; the veterans return July 23; and the first full-squad practice of training camp takes place July 25. All in all, it seems like the offseason and the spring practice period just flew by. Once again, there was a lot of roster turnover, with past mainstays and starters Steven Jackson, Danny Amendola, Brandon Gibson, Bradley Fletcher and Craig Dahl heading elsewhere. Or in the case of Quintin Mikell, still looking for work. But there was also an influx of new talent, from left tackle Jake Long and tight end Jared Cook in free agency to wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, linebacker Alec Ogletree, safety T.J. McDonald and running back Zac Stacy in the draft. Even with all the new faces, there is a shred of much-needed continuity developing on both sides of the ball. The team did a lot of situational work in the spring, be it two-minute drill, red zone, “backed-up” drills, or whatever. For players who were around for Fisher’s inaugural season in St. Louis, it’s their second time around in the system.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Jun 17