Rounding up the Herd: Wednesday Edition

I didn’t get to yesterday’s broiler on the practice field — and apparently most of my twitter folk did the sensible thing and stayed in the shade as well.

another hot hot day of camp… 115 on the heat index or something… take this thing day by day

So instead we entertain you with a link roundup, after the break:

Howard Balzer offers his take on the Rams’ tackle situation, and it’s a must-read.

The real question is to ask is this: How could coaches decide to play a guy at left tackle (Smith) if they thought someone else (Saffold) on the roster was better? And, how could they decide to play Saffold on the right side if they believe Smith is better there?

The Rams’ coaching staff is desperately trying to win games, not justify contracts or where a player was selected in the draft.

For what it’s worth, Jason Smith was finally active in practice yesterday, taking part in full contact “thudding” drills against the front seven of the defense.

For practice observers, here’s a subtle thing to look for on the Steven Jackson recovery watch, from one of the leading experts on player injuries, Will Carroll:

Anyone seen Steven Jackson run in camp yet? I’m wondering if he’s more upright after the back surgery.

To me, he seems to be running with the same pad level, and I haven’t seen him shy away from contact. Camp will likely be our best view until the season starts: he’s likely to be held out of most preseason action, as the Rams fisk their second-level guys like Chris Ogbonnaya, Keith Tolston, and Ken Darby.

Looking outside the Rams (Josh Hull take note), the friends of RamsHerd and producers of beautiful infographics at Infojocks have released a gorgeous new poster on the History of Penn State Football.

And finally, with the double-whammy of news in Denver that Elvis Dumervil might have a torn pectoral muscle, and that they’ve signed former tequila spokesman LenDale White, our man Daniel Doelling is feeling like making bold predictions.

My 1st bold #NFL prediction: The Rams end the season with a better record than the Broncos.

Hellz yes!