EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of St. Louis Rams training camp:
Wednesday's practice was a special teams only workout with no pads, which also meant very little excitement or activity. On the bright side, running back Zac Stacy did go through the practice after limping off during Tuesday's practice. The injury didn't seem serious at the time and it appears there is nothing to it as he was back to go through special teams drills Wednesday. Stacy said after the practice that he's feeling good and though he's unsure if he'll play in the preseason opener, made it clear he's ready to go if called upon.
In the absence of pads, the Rams didn't have their usual contact drills and one-on-ones near the end of the practice like they usually do. Defensive end Michael Sam is still getting a lot of work as a blocker on the respective return units and that appears to be his best shot to make the roster. I'd be surprised if Sam didn't get a lot of work on both special teams and defense against the Saints on Friday night.
Punter Johnny Hekker is unfazed by the lack of attention that came with the punt team's record-setting performance in 2013 and told me after he spent the morning booming punts that he's looking to get better in 2014. In addition to breaking the record again, Hekker offered left directional punting as an area he'd like to improve going into the season. There are other personal goals he has in store but he preferred to keep those to himself.
It's hard to take roll in special teams practices because you never know exactly who is and isn't supposed to be there. But there were a few sideline observers who have been missing practice all week. Running back Trey Watts and fullback Kadeem Jones were among those watching from the sideline.
Although there wasn't much happening on the field Wednesday, there were some special visitors to the practice. Super Bowl XXXIV winners Torry Holt, Andy McCollum, Grant Wistrom and D'Marco Farr took in the practice. Farr is a regular at practice in his role as the team's radio color analyst. But Holt dropped by in advance of resuming his color analyst duties for the Rams' preseason games. McCollum and Wistrom were just stopping by to visit. The quartet took the opportunity to catch up. They'll get another chance later this year when the Rams celebrate the 15th anniversary of that championship season before the Monday night game against San Francisco on Oct. 13.
The Rams are entering final preparations for the preseason opener Friday night against New Orleans. They'll have their usual day before game walk-through Thursday before Friday's game.