Rain threatened to make an appearance at Rams practice today, but never showed up. Donnie Avery did make an appearance at practice, but did he "show up?" Not yet, no.
Avery's return to the field seems to be the big story, and he caught a pass from Bradford (while running with a second-team offense) in a series of route-running drills right in front me as I walked in to Rams Camp. But other than that undefended grab, I saw precious few other opportunities thrown his way. Three plays stand out, though:
Being totally ignored in an obvious red zone mismatch. The Rams went four wide in an 11 on 11 session from fifteen yards out, with Avery and TE Guidugli lined up to Feeley's right. But Guidugli lined up wide, giving the slot position (and coverage by Ben Leber, the 2nd team outside linebacker) to Avery. Avery sped past Giudugli on a bee-line for the back of the end zone, but Feeley never even saw the mismatch, throwing incomplete into double coverage on the left side.
Being underthrown on the edge. If Avery is going to make a splash, he's going to have to find his way to some first team reps. Feeley just doesn't have the gun to throw the 15-yard out that Avery was running, making for an easy interception by Darian Stewart.
Finally catching a ball in scrimmage, and getting sarcastically congratulated. "Is that Donnie Avery's first catch of the entire camp?" asked a fan in front of me on the hill, nearly two hours into practice, after a nice catch on a deep ball, thrown by Thaddeus Lewis I believe. He faces not only an uphill battle against the competition on the roster, but against the general perception among fans now that have grown tired of waiting for his unfulfilled promise.
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