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Rams rookies see some familiar faces

Associated Press Published: May 11, 2012
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — First-round draft pick Michael Brockers might have an advantage when it comes to most of the 39 players at the St. Louis Rams rookie minicamp. He has two former LSU teammates along for the ride.

"They're making me real comfortable," said Brockers, a defensive tackle taken with the 14th-overall pick in this year's draft. "Somebody to sit with at lunch and at breakfast and I don't have to be isolated to myself."

Coach Jeff Fisher said Friday that he wants the 37 rookies and two second-year players to have that comfort level. The two-day camp is more to learn about expectations than to have the playbook memorized.

The Rams practiced for just over 90 minutes in the late afternoon before heading back into more meetings to end the day.

"We got a lot done," Fishers said. "We had to teach them how to stretch, show them the facility and explain them what we wanted to get accomplished. This is more of an orientation. I thought the first day was good. We saw some good things; things that we saw prior to the draft translate onto the field."

The group includes the Rams' 10 draft picks this year, 25 free agents and four try-out players. All the draftees were in camp and there were no injuries reported. Brockers had the only visible physical issue with a large bandage on his leg. He said the injury came after getting clipped by a teammate's cleat and that it wasn't a concern.

The full team arrives for workouts that begin Tuesday. Isaiah Pead, a running back out of Cincinnati taken with the third pick of the second round, said he can't wait for the veterans to arrive. He'll be working next to Steven Jackson, the standout back entering his ninth year with the Rams.

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