The St. Louis Rams will begin their offseason conditioning program on Monday, which is the earliest step in official preparations for the 2014 season. This will kick off the first phase of the program, which is a two-week period of voluntary four-hour workouts consisting of weight room work and on-field conditioning conducted by strength and conditioning coaches. Basically, for the first eight workouts or so, the players simply be doing the same things many of them have been doing the whole offseason. The only difference will be that they’re doing it in an organized environment with their teammates at the facility.
For a team as young and inexperienced as the Rams, any work that can further acclimate the players with each other and potentially make them better is a positive. Over the next few weeks, as things get slightly more football-focused, things will really start to ratchet up for this group. This period of time could be particularly beneficial for recent draft selections such as Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Brian Quick, and Isaiah Pead who have shown definite flashes of ability at times but have yet to establish themselves as consistent threats. Hopefully, by having another full offseason to gain experience in the offense and just get more comfortable, these players can establish themselves and live up to the expectations that the team had for them by investing top three round selections in them.
The offseason program will go on for the next nine weeks. The team will then break apart until activities reconvene with the start of training camp in late July.