St. Louis Rams

August 4, 2014

Rookie cornerback Joyner shows his feisty side in practice

Cornerback Lamarcus Joyner's feistiness was one of the things that the St. Louis Rams liked about him when they selected him in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

That spunk came out on Monday as Joyner got into the first official fight of training camp.

Joyner and wide receiver Austin Pettis briefly went after each other during team drills.

More than a dozen Rams took part in breaking up the scuffle.

The 5-foot-8, 184-pound Joyner went up at least one weight classes in taking on the 6-foot-3, 203-pound Pettis.

"We competed,'' Joyner said. "That's brotherhood out there. We're not playing for paychecks out here, we're playing for championships, and we want to have fun.''

Joyner was back on the practice field after missing the last few days due to a groin injury

"It felt like I was out for a year, man,'' Joyner said. "There's guys like Greg Reid who have been for like two years, so I can only imagine his pain. Being out only three (practices), I was suffering. I was excited to be on the football field and be around my teammates.''

Reid, a cornerback, was a teammate of Joyner at Florida State before transferring to Valdosta State.

Reid suffered a knee injury prior to his senior season.

Reid also had a couple of big hits as well as interception in practice on Monday.

"We are two passionate players, bringing that same fire from Florida State,'' Joyner said. "He loves the game, I love the game. We're football players, we love the pads.''

The Rams have high expectations for Joyner this season. They're looking for him to lock down the job as nickelback in passing situations.

"Like I said when I was drafted, this team made a sacrifice for me, and I'm good with returning favors,'' Joyner said. "I'm going to give my heart and soul this organization. I really meant that.''

Joyner said he was looking forward to the Rams' preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints on Friday night at the Edward Jones Dome.

"The first shot to prove what I've got in the National Football League,'' Joyner said. "That's why you have been doing that you have been doing all your love. To have this opportunity, why not take it and run with it.''

Potential starters

Second-year wideout Tavon Austin and veteran Kenny Britt were listed as the starting wide receivers on the Rams' first unofficial depth chart.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher praised Austin after practice saying, "Tavon is doing a lot of different things, making some big catches. It's just a matter of getting the ball to him in space because as you could see a couple of times today, people miss. He picked up a couple of big gains. That's what we're looking for. We have a good feel for him, he has a good feel for the offense. Now it's just a matter of finding enough footballs to go around.''

Quick hits

* Middle linebacker James Laurinaitis (ankle), defensive tackle Michael Brockers (ankle), guard Rodger Saffold, wide receiver Brian Quick and cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Brandon McGee were among the players who didn't practice on Monday.

* Former Rams wide receiver Mark Clayton attended practice on Monday. Clayton, who is no longer in the NFL, will be remembered for having 10 catches for 119 yards in the Rams' season opener against Arizona in 2010.

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

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