As the Rams held their eighth OTA Wednesday, it was good to see No. 24 on the field.
No. 24 is running back Isaiah Pead, one of the team's three second-round picks who had been barred from participating since the rookie minicamp because his school (Cincinnati) didn't conclude final exams until Tuesday.
The reasoning behind the rule in the relationship between the NFL and the colleges makes sense, but often affects rookies and also seem misguided when some of the players aren't in school anyway.
As Pead said, "It was frustrating because I had to wait for classes to be out in school and I wasn't even taking classes. So I was just sitting at home (in Columbus, Ohio) and working out."
Of course, he wasn't only doing that. Pead was sent a playbook and was in frequent contact with running backs coach Ben Sirmans via computer (FaceTime on Apple).
Said Pead, "We'd go over plays and install, but it's not the same as being on the field and in meeting rooms. I was a tad behind but I did a...