ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Rams had a dress rehearsal at the Edward Jones Dome, giving the new coaching staff and new players a peak at their stadium.
“All week, I think they were kind of looking forward to this, to finish up the first phase of camp,” coach Jeff Fisher said.
The 2-1/2-hour practice Saturday also gave an announced crowd of 12,753 an opportunity to watch the Rams under Fisher, in his first year with St. Louis.
The biggest cheers came when kickers Garrett Lindholm and rookie Greg Zuerlein, a sixth-round pick out of Western Missouri and former UNO kicker, had what came off as an impromptu competition. Each got six kicks starting at 39 yards and moving back 5 yards each attempt. Each made the first four distances with Zuerlein adding a 59-yarder and just missing to the left from 64 yards.
It was scheduled for Lindholm to get the first three kicks with the first team, followed by Zuerlein's six kicks with a combination of second- and third-team players. But after Zuerlein easily cleared from 49 yards, the next two kicks seemed like he was being tested.
With Zuerlein regularly connecting from more than 55 yards in practice, the Rams might scrap the adage of needing to reach the 32-yard line to feel confident about their kicker's chances.
“These guys are saying all we need to do is get to midfield now,” Fisher said. “He has a very, very strong leg. They both kicked the ball very well today.”
Wide receiver Brandon Gibson also had a couple of nice catches and his sideline grab late in practice was the most impressive show of the afternoon. He was forced to stretch and twist his entire body to pull down a Sam Bradford pass with little room to land.
“This is our third year together,” Bradford said. “He's someone I feel extremely comfortable with. Gibby's had a very good camp, too. He's playing at an extremely high level right now.”
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