St. Louis Rams

August 2, 2014

Getting acclimated: Rams' new players will get 1st look at Dome duing scrimmage

It's more of a orientation day for the rookies and new players than an actual game.

The St. Louis Rams will hold their annual intrasquad scrimmage at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome.

The Rams have 25 rookies, most of whom will be stepping onto the artificial surface inside the Edward Jones Dome for the first time.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said it's a chance for those players to get acclimated to their home field prior before the team's first preseason game Aug. 8 against the New Orleans Saints.

"It's good for the young players that haven't been there -- our draft class and we have players who have not played there before,'' Fisher said. "It's good to find out where your locker is, how you come on and off the field, where we warm up and those kind of things instead of having it be a first-time experience for them next week.''

The scrimmage, which is free and open to the public, will be held in conjunction with the team's third-annual FanFest.

"First off, it's an experience for the fans,'' Fisher said. "It's an opportunity for them to come down, go inside, watch practice, get close, enjoy the two or three hours of stuff that we have set up.

"From a football standpoint, it's another practice. We're going to do some live work, we're in full pads. We'll finish with some -- I don't want to say rookie (because) there will be some other younger players -- in a live-tackling scrimmage.''

It's safe to say that none of the Rams' marquee players like quarterback Sam Bradford or defensive end Robert Quinn will be taking part in the live tackling.

"We're doing a lot of drills -- the two-minute, one-on-one, all kinds of different drills out there,'' Fisher said. "Those who haven't been able to come to training camp get to see what we do at training camp. We just happen to be moving indoors.''

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for season-ticket holders, 10:30 a.m. for the non-season-ticket holder guests who have pre-registered and noon for the general public.

All season-ticket holders and pre-registered fans will receive a passport flyer upon entry, They'll receive a stamp at each of various locations inside the Edward Jones Dome. The first 1,000 fans to turn in a completed passport will receive a Rams' "Defend Our Turf" T-shirt.

Rams season-ticket holders also will have the opportunity to visit the Rams' locker room from 9:30-10:30 a.m., participate in interactive games on the field and hear from Rams executives.

After practice, the players will spread out around the field and sign autographs.

Former Rams center Andy McCollum will be signing autographs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. outside the Rams Official Team Store.

St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders will be signing autographs from 10:30-11:30 a.m. outside Section 114 and at the Rams Official Team Store from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. outside Section 114 and in the Bud Light Party Zone.

All fans who donate school supplies such as paper, pencils, glue, crayons, markers and notebooks to KidSmart's Push for Pencils Drive will be entered in a drawing to win prizes, including autographed merchandise, game tickets and pregame field passes.

Donation bins will be located at all entrances to the Edward Jones Dome.

Broadcast team

The Rams, along with 101 ESPN Radio St. Louis, announced that Steve Savard, D'Marco Farr and Will Witherspoon will serve as the team's broadcast crew for game this season.

Savard returns for his 15th season as the play-by-play voice of the Rams and Farr enters his sixth season as a color commentator.

Witherspoon, who recently concluded a 12-year NFL career that included two stints with the Rams, replaces Tony Softli as the sideline reporter.

The team and 101 ESPN also unveiled a programming schedule that features four Rams-themed shows that will air each week.

They are:

* "The Jeff Fisher Show" each Monday at Buffalo Wild Wings in Creve Coeur.

* "Rams Playmakers," a show that will air each Tuesday that will focus on a Player of the Week from each Rams Game.

* "What The Hekk,'' a show each Wednesday featuring Rams punter Johnny Hekker.

* "Rams Playbook," a show each Thursday featuring Anthony Stalter, host of 101 ESPN's "The Turn," breaking down keys to the upcoming game.

Quick hits

Rams right guard Rodger Saffold walked off the practice field on Friday with an unknown injury.

* Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis, who turned an ankle in practice on Thursday, didn't practice on Friday.

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

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