Rams will hold annual scrimmage Saturday at Dome

News-DemocratAugust 3, 2013 

— It's a chance for all the new faces on the St. Louis Rams to get acclimated to their home field.

The Rams will hold a scrimmage at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome.

The scrimmage is free and open to the general public.

Doors at the Edward Jones Dome will open at 9:30 a.m. for season ticket holders and 11:30 a.m. for the general public.

"It was a good experience for everybody that was new last year," second-year Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "The new players, the younger players get an opportunity to go and see the house we're going to defend."

The scrimmage will be more like a practice than an actual intrasquad game, and it's unlikely any of the starters will be exposed to live tackling.

There will be a lot of situational work like red zone as well as some special teams work as the Rams prepare for their preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

"From a football standpoint (it) kind of culminates one phase of camp because there'll be a day off on Sunday and then three days later we're going to travel," Fisher said. "Obviously, it'll be a full-padded practice and we're going to get a lot done.

"We're going to have a good special teams session to start with and then we'll compete in the one-on-one drills and the passing drills, and then we'll have some team period with some two-minute. Then, we'll finish with probably a live scrimmage with some of the younger guys."

The scrimmage will be held in conjunction with the team's second annual FanFest.

Season ticket holders will have the opportunity to visit the Rams' locker room, participate in interactive games on the field and hear from Rams executives.

Kevin Demoff, the Rams executive vice president of football operations, and Tony Pastoors, a senior assistant, will be available from 10-10:30 a.m. in the Clarkson Jewelers Club.

General Manager Les Snead, Director of Pro Personnel Ran Carthon, Director of Player Personnel Taylor Morton and Director of College Scouting Brad Holmes will speak from 11-11:30 a.m. in the Clarkson Jewelers Club.

Popcorn will be free and other concessions will be discounted for the scrimmage.

Rams alumni and cheerleaders will be signing autographs throughout the day.

At the conclusion of the approximately two-hour practice, players will spread out around the field and sign autographs.

"It's a great opportunity for the fans who have not been able to come out to see practice," Fisher said. "They can come down and spread out and enjoy a couple hours of some serious football."

The Rams have teammed up with KidSmart for a Push for Pencils Drive during the scrimmage.

Any fan who donates school supplies such as paper, pencils, glue, crayons, markers and notebooks will be entered to win Rams prizes, including autographed merchandise, game tickets and pregame field passes.

Contact reporter Steve Korte at skorte@bnd.com or 239-2522.

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