St. Louis Rams

August 3, 2014

Bradford has some extra zip on his passes during Rams' scrimmage

Any concerns about quarterback Sam Bradford's surgically repaired knee were eased by his performance in the St. Louis Rams' scrimmage Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome.

Though pass rushers weren't allowed to actually sack any of the quarterbacks, Bradford looked nimble on several play-action passes and strong as he stepped up to throw a couple of deep balls.

"If there is any question about Sam's ability to play the position, I think it was answered today,'' Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.

Bradford's arm strength seemed even better than before his injury as he zipped a couple of laser beams, including a deep pass to wide receiver Kenny Britt for a touchdown.

"He is throwing very well,'' Fisher said. "We're watching the pitch counts right now, and he's not having any problems. You could see those balls were humming today, especially the deep ball to Kenny.''

Bradford said he focused on increasing his upper-body strength as he recovered from the torn ACL that cut short his 2013 season.

"You spend more time working on your upper body just because you are limited in what you can do with your lower body.'' Bradford said. "Coming into this camp, I'm probably the strongest I've been from the waist up, and it probably has paid off a little bit.

"I do feel like I have a little more zip on the ball and I can make some of those throws that maybe were a little slower last year.''

The scrimmage, which was held in conjunction with a FanFest, was attended by 15,723 fans.

"This is probably the most exciting day we have during training camp just because the fact that it breaks the routine, we get to leave Rams Park, we get to come to the dome,'' Bradford said. "The fan turnout was great today. We don't have this many people turn out to see just a regular practice. I thought the energy was good today. It's always fun to get in here and play in front of our fans.''

Some other highlights from practice-scrimmage were:

* Wide receiver Stedman Bailey catching a bunch of passes from Bradford.

Bailey, who is suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs, has been the Rams' most consistent receiver so far in training camp.

"Stedman has been great all camp, all spring,'' Bradford said. "I think he's going to be a big part of what we do when he gets back.

"Obviously, it's a bummer he's not going to be with us the first four (games), but the timing and everything we are doing right now is to make sure we're ready when he does get back.''

Bailey was one a handful of receivers who spent two days in Oklahoma working with Bradford during the offseason.

"Just working on chemistry and being on the same page, and so far it is paying off,'' Bailey said. "We put in two good days of work.''

Bailey has continued to get reps with the starting offense even though he won't be playing the first month of the season.

"It's something that kills me everytime I think about it," Bailey said, "but my job is to keep working hard, keep giving my all to the team and when I come back, just be looking for a show."

* Kicker Greg Zuerlein attempted two 65-yard field goals after nailing a 54-yarder.

The first try from 65 yards out was way short as he mishit the ball.

With the fans urging another try, Zuerlein came up 3-4 yards short of the goal post on his second attempt.

Zuerlein hit the crossbar on a 63-yard attempt during warm ups.

* Quarterback Shaun Hill stumbling as tried to drop back to pass, momentarily regaining his balance and then losing it again and doing a somersault as he fell to the turf.

* Rookie running back Tre' Mason making a quick cut to break into the open on a run.

Mason had three carries for 10 yards and caught a short pass during the live-tackling portion of the scrimmage.

* Linebacker Aaron Hill, from St. Charles. Mo., having an interception and later bursting up the middle on a blitz for a what would have been a sack.

* Defensive tackle Michael Brockers left practice after getting caught up in a pile of players during a non-tackling drill. His injury was unknown.

There was a long list of players who didn't practice Saturday. It included: middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, right guard Rodger Saffold, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, defensive end William Hayes, wide receiver Brian Quick, guard-center Barrett Jones amd rookie cornerback Lamarcus Joyner.

Laurinaitis, Saffold and Hayes all left practice with injuries this week.

Laurinaitis had his left foot in a walking boot because of a a mild ankle sprain.

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