Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Notebook: Kroenke Pays a Visit to Rams Practice

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Notebook: Kroenke Pays a Visit to Rams Practice

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Rams owner Stan Kroenke made a stop at Rams Park in Earth City on Tuesday, taking in a good portion of the team's early-evening workout.

He spent time during practice talking with chief operating officer Kevin Demoff and general manager Les Snead.

Kroenke, who did not talk with reporters, met with head coach Jeff Fisher while the team was stretching at the end of practice. During the stretching, Kroenke also had a quick chat with Tavon Austin, the team's top choice in last April's draft.

Later, Kroenke met briefly with a number of the team's star players, including Sam Bradford, Jake Long and Chris Long.

"We don't get an opportunity to see him a lot, so when he's around, it means a lot to us," Bradford said. "It's great to see him out here at practice, showing his support and getting a chance to say a few words to him. It's always great when he's around."

Fisher added: "He picked today to come out and just see everybody and visit and get caught up. It's great to have him. We talk football a lot; we talk other things like Montana."

Both Kroenke and Fisher have property in the Treasure State.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was a visitor at Monday's workout.

PRACTICE REPORT

Early in 7-on-7 work, Bradford hit Austin with a perfectly thrown ball down the left side to beat Cortland Finnegan. Later, on a Bradford pass down the middle to Austin, safety Darian Stewart stepped in for the interception.

Also during 7-on-7s, Brian Quick went up strong to come down with a deep ball from Kellen Clemens.

Clemens also threw a nice touch pass to Benjamin Cunningham coming out of the backfield late in 7-on-7 and found Quick with a pair of quality throws in the 11-on-11 drill.

During some red zone work late in practice, tempers flared.

"That's good. It hasn't happened a lot in this camp, but it's just a sense of competitiveness," fourth-year linebacker Josh Hull said. "The guys are grinding on both sides of the ball. Everyone's trying to earn a starting job and sometimes that's what it comes down to."

Bradford agreed: "That last group got pretty intense, but that's just part of camp. The longer you go at each other, the more shots people take . …

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