Those of you out there starving for St. Louis Rams news can't be appreciating one of the less hyped effects of the new NFL collective bargaining agreement: Rookie minicamp is more mini than ever, but not really a camp. Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch notes that the new event is more properly called an "orientation," and it sounds just about like every orientation I've ever been to for school and work: A tour of the facilities, some boring speakers, a "community relations" seminar, and a chance to meet their new bosses, Jeff Fisher and company.
And after all that, two minor practices. Or mini-practices, I guess.
Fisher does a good job of sounding magnanimous about the changes, though he doesn't seem the type to be especially happy about them; he goes the counterfactual route of suggesting that, since they aren't in shape already like the veterans, they shouldn't be practiced as though they're already in shape.
Which makes a certain sense. But if you were hoping to hear about Brian Quick being in the best shape of his life or Michael Brockers steamrolling Jason Smith... well, it'll have to wait a while longer. I'm sorry.