Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mini camp... Max importance...


     Day 1 of practice: This was the first full work day for us rookies.  We woke up at 6 am and didn't get a break until we were done at 9 pm.  Physicals, various meetings, and weight room introductions were all part of the day and were worked around practice and eating.  After two days of preparation and paperwork, it was such a relief to get on the field and practice.  That is when stats, drafted/undrafted, hype, and talking all goes out the window and the players are going show what they know and what skills they have.  We had a good first practice and now have a feel for the flow and expectations of the coaches.  Coach Fisher's approach is one that doesn't try and kill us in rookie mini camp.  He is much more interested in if we have the skills, knowledge, execution, and production that it takes to make the team.  Once that is established, they will work us into the program and get us where we need to be from a strength and conditioning standpoint.  The mental part of days like these are more exhausting than the physical.  Being focused that long in high tense situations and trying to learn a new defense at a high rate of speed begins to fatigue you.  But nothing that we can't handle and we are used to... now it's our full time job and we must dedicate ourselves, body and mind, to perfect our craft.  Speaking of which, I'm going to get off this and get back in the playbook...

     Day 2 of practice: This day made us push harder and fight through fatigue and soreness.  We started early again and went straight to more defensive installs.  The defensive concepts are nothing new to me, this is only my fifth defense to learn in five years so there is only so much you can do.  But the terminology and all of the adjustments can get difficult and start to run together.  Luckily after the installs we get to walk through these defenses and get all the mistakes and kinks out before practice.  No matter how much you train and are in shape nothing can duplicate the intensity and movements of a practice, much less a high pressure NFL practice.  You go as hard as you can every rep and every drill but you also have to get back used to your helmets, ankle tape, and helmets.  So from the combination of all that from day one we were sore and hurting but had to push through and continue to prove ourselves.  Along with the defensive back drills, 1 on 1, and 7 on 7... we got the chance to do some special teams.  This is where a lot of rookies and free agents make the team so I was excited to go through the drills.  To finish up the day we lifted weights and worked on flexibility.  Overall this weekend as been a great confirmation that I am in the right place.  I like the coaches, staff, team, and city.  The culture is a positive family attitude with high expectations. I have a good start and am going to keep working to make this team and help get where we want to be.

-Student of the Game
#FirstImpression

8 comments :

Johnny U said...

There were alot of people here in Baltimore that saw your skills. We wanted you drafted. You did everything well, except blow people up. You even have great hands. Put on 10lb of muscle and get a killer instinct and you will be the best ever. I saw you getting on the field in certain situations and being huge on special teams in year one, then being a full time starter from year 2 and beyond. Good luck, unless you're playing the Ravens of course.

Steve Teeple said...

Great insight to The Rams Rookie Camp, Good Luck !

Fitz said...

Thanks for the mini camp post. Love readin about your experiences their. Hope they continue for a long time with the Rams.

Brad Allen Morris said...

I hope you start, you're a solid tackler and one of the smartest safetys I've seen.

Douglas Nicholas said...

I'm dan4rams. I'd like to congratulate you first, for making it this far. As you know and have mentioned very few do. I've watched you play and am very glad Jeff saw something in you. You may have not been drafted, but who's to say that if the Rams didn't
have to use both 6th Rd picks on Zac Stacy that you may have been next in one of the 6th Rd picks. Anyway, I'm glad you are here. You are going to have a great career here with the Rams. Then when you are going into the Hall of Fame with your 8 ProBowl nominations and record for interceptions. Then I'd like to get a signed picture of us together. Although, I'll probably be in my seventies by then. It won't matter because you'll have earned it. Proud to have you in the family. Just do your best and don't ever let
the nnegative hype hinder you. You're going to be a very big piece to the success of this team, you have all the tools needed. Now go bust your ass and put some others on theirs. Make those clean hits felt tomorrow so they know you are there an you're not going away! Good luck in this new phase in your life.

Cody Davis said...

Thanks! That is a bold prediction, I tell you what if that happens I will be happy to get you a signed picture for you.

Merlin said...

As a Rams' fan I'm glad to see this team finally heading in the right direction, and seeing things like your blog backs that up. I wish you luck in making the team, along with the rest of your undrafted free agent brothers. Big fan of the underdogs, what can I say! Nice job with the blog, btw, and thanks.

ken said...

good luck cody. you seem like a good person as well as a good player, and smart too. i think you'll make the team!

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