Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Rams catching on, at least on this day
By Mike Sando
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Footballs were flying and so were receivers Tuesday night at St. Louis Rams training camp.
Among the highlights:
- Rookie Mardy Gilyard gathering a low-and-away ball from Sam Bradford and running through the coverage with authority;
- Tight end Billy Bajema catching a Bradford pass that first bounced off Daniel Fells;
- Third-year receiver Donnie Avery elevating and laying out for an A.J. Feeley pass along the right sideline -- perhaps the best catch I've seen at a training camp this summer. Avery had a rough day from a physical standpoint, taking a hard shot to the back when a defender landed on him awkwardly, but he bounced back and caught a sideline pass right away. Avery put on weight this offseason in an effort to become more durable. Looks like he passed an initial test Tuesday;
- Second-year receiver Brooks Foster diving to catch a pass from Keith Null, also along the right sideline. Foster was running full speed and he landed hard -- the sound suggested his helmet hit the grass -- but he still held on;
- Rookie tight end Fendi Onobun outleaping a defender to catch a deep pass in the back-left corner of the end zone;
- Fells catching a high pass over the middle;
- Danny Amendola, building on a terrific camp so far, snatching a pass over the middle from Bradford.
Cornerback Quincy Butler picked off Feeley at one point, but the receivers won this practice -- not necessarily by beating defensive backs, but by making spectacular grabs. The Rams have lacked playmakers. It was tough to tell Tuesday. Gilyard in particular was catching passes left and right.