“It’s great to have William and Jake back,” St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. “They’ve been working hard. We’ve got to ease them back into it. No issues today, so we’ll get some more reps tomorrow.”
With Long and Wells back in the mix, today marked the first reps with the projecting starting offensive line in tact.
“We’ve been doing it in walkthroughs, but going out there and doing live reps against our defense felt good,” Long said. “Getting Davin [Joseph], a veteran who’s been to the Pro Bowl and is a great player, he’s doing a great job out there. Greg [Robinson] is learning every single day and getting better. You can see it on film and in practice.”
NEWS AND NOTES
- Following Cortland Finnegan’s departure to Miami, Johnson finds himself as one of the leaders among the defensive backs heading into his third season.
“It’s a challenge at times, but like you said, I’m a vet,” Johnson said. “There’s a lot of guys looking up to me, so I’ve got to be on my A game every day. I feel like you can learn something every day. The game is coming a lot slower for me this year, so I’m just taking advantage of it.”
Johnson also made note of his fit within new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ scheme.
“I love it,” Johnson stated. “I’m big and I’m physical. That fits right in his defense.”
“Sam’s throwing the ball really well,” Fisher said. “Before you put the shoulder pads on, there’s a lot of congestion in the pocket. But now the pocket is starting to clean itself up because offense has pads on and things are starting to even out a bit because we have time to make those throws.”
Fisher also noted the team is still working on install and will do so through the preseason.