St. Louis Rams: Friday's Rams News and Notes at Noon

Shane GraySenior Analyst IJuly 27, 2012

Brian Quick at Appalachian State (
Brian Quick at Appalachian State (

Welcome to Friday's St. Louis Rams "News and Notes at Noon," the one-stop spot for all major Rams headlines and updates, with brief commentary and analysis for Rams Nation. 

Rams Rookie Camp Reports via Jim Thomas 

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shared two terrific reports from the St. Louis rookie camp, as you can read here and here

Among other things, Thomas reports that cornerback Trumaine Johnson overslept on Wednesday morning and missed the first day of activities while offensive guard Rokevious Watkins reported a little out of shape and has been spending time getting up to speed in regard to conditioning. 

Thomas also shared cornerback Janoris Jenkins' thoughts on a couple of reported potential contract issues between he and the Rams, as you can refresh yourself on via the first and second report on the topic.  

Thomas also shared some encouraging information on tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who seems to be fully recovered from his latest injury.  

For all the details on the aforementioned topics and more, please click the links below the headline to read Thomas' full reports. 


Rookies Get Re-Acclimated to NFL Action

Nick Wagoner of posted a detailed blog on July 26 regarding the return to Rams Park by each of the Rams' rookies.  

Wagoner covered a multitude of topics there which included thoughts from Jeff Fisher, sentiments from Trumaine Johnson on rumors of him potentially moving to safety, Janoris Jenkins on his contract, the latest on Michael Hoomanawanui and his terrific fitness level and some specifics of what the Rams are currently doing on the field. 

Brian Quick in Demand at Rams Camp 

Columnist Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shared a wonderful piece on Brian Quick, as you can read here

Burwell detailed Quick's on-field work from yesterday and shared a vast array of quotes from the promising rookie wideout and the acclaimed long-time wide receiver coach, Ray Sherman. 

One of many things that stood out in the piece included Sherman saying that Quick has "so much ability, so much potential."  

When considering that Sherman has coached the likes of Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens, Cris Carter, Randy Moss, Plaxico Burress and Hines Ward, that demands attention. 

It is interesting to note, as many of you know, that Quick is a small-school product.

Sherman is no stranger to small-school guys, as he helped mold a few other small-school receivers who went on to be all-time greats, like Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens and Randy Moss.

In addition, he has also done a tremendous job with some tall, athletic wideouts such as the aforementioned Owens, Moss, Carter and Burress. It seems obvious that Sherman can bring the best out of these types.  Hopefully, Quick will be yet another tall and athletically gifted receiver who flourishes under Sherman. 

If you haven't already, I strongly urge you to check out Burwell's column on Quick.  It is an outstanding and revealing read. 

Fisher's Charity Softball Game Deemed a Success 

According to Jim Thomas and his report for, Jeff Fisher's first of many St. Louis celebrity charity softball games was a success. 

The event was held GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill., and proceeds from the events benefited several local charities.  

Rams linebacker Josh Hull won the home run derby, and the MVP was none other than James Laurinaitis.  

For much more on the event, please check Thomas' above-linked report. 

Terrific Scouting Reports on Brian Quick and Michael Brockers

My friend, Tevin Broner, shared some very detailed and thorough scouting reports on both Michael Brockers, a first-round rookie defensive tackle from Louisiana State University, and Brian Quick, a second-round rookie wideout from Appalachian State. 

For the in-depth reports at Turf Show Times from Broner, please click here

News and Notes from Rams Training Camp 

For even more from Rams rookie camp, please check this from Brian Feldman at 

The report is titled "News and Notes from Rams Training Camp."  For some reason, that title sounds so very familiar!  

As for the specifics, Feldman felt that Janoris Jenkins looked very smooth and that Brian Quick was very impressive.  

For much more from Feldman, please check the aforementioned above-linked piece. 

A 3-Year Plan for a St. Louis Super Bowl 

My friend and colleague, David Heeb, shared an interesting and thought-provoking piece detailing his three-year plan for a Super Bowl title in 2015. 

Heeb, among other things, offers full offensive and defensive roster projections, three keys that must happen for a Super Bowl title to come to fruition, gives a historical precedent and looks at all of the premium picks the Rams have coming their way between 2013 and 2015. 

St. Louis Rams Announce Cost-Saving Flex Plan and First-Ever Promotional Schedule

The Rams, via their official website at, shared the details of their first-ever promotional schedule and their 2012 money-saving flex plans in this piece.

Some of the many promotions scheduled involve quarterback Sam Bradford, linebacker James Laurinaitis and former St. Louis great Kurt Warner.  

Former St. Louis Stars Like Aeneas Williams and Torry Holt Will Contribute at Training Camp

Via Jim Thomas and this piece for, former Rams, such as Aeneas Williams and Torry Holt, will be welcomed and on hand to help players or coaches in any way possible during training camp. 

According to Thomas, the roles played by various former Rams will be informal ones. 

As Thomas astutely points out, former players were not always welcomed in such a warm way under the previous coaching regime of Steve Spagnuolo. 

Times have certainly changed, thankfully, and the goings-on at Rams Park actually make sense again. 

Have a great day, as always, STL Rams Nation.


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