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Rookie Rams won’t be on the field bashing each other as some other NFL teams do as they start training.

Instead, they will be in orientation meetings introducing them to pro football.

The Los Angeles Rams began their rookie minicamp at the Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge in what coach Jeff Fisher calls an orientation to the NFL for the 27 participating players.

“Some teams are going to take them on the field, get them to full speed twice a day on Friday and Saturday, and we choose not to do that,” Fisher said Friday.

“We’re going to bring them in and just introduce the National Football League to them. Just bring them along slowly over the period of a couple days, that includes walk-thrus and meetings.

“We’re going to find out where they are physically, from a conditioning standpoint, and then we’re going to get them caught up with our vets that have been working for a few weeks now.”

Quarterback Jared Goff, the first player chosen in last week’s draft, said it was “great to get back out on the field and meet all my new teammates and get a chance to get back to actually playing football.”

Goff described the practice as “almost half speed.”

“It’s kind of hard for me and the receivers because we’re on different timing stuff, but it’s fine,” Goff said. “To prevent injury, it’s worth it.’

Goff said he thought “everybody looked pretty good today.”

“You can’t really tell until you watch it on film, but I felt good in what I did and from what I saw on the field, it looked pretty good,” Goff said.

Goff said he felt he picked up more of the Rams’ offensive terminology as the practice went on.

“It’s like you’re going into Spanish class and you have to become fluent in Spanish over however long the time is,” Goff said. “There’s a lot of stuff that translates that I understand that’s just a different word.”

Goff was fourth on the NFL Players Association 2016 Rising 50 list of the players best positioned to rank among top-sellers of all officially licensed merchandise released today, with teammate Todd Gurley first.

Two other Rams made the list, defensive lineman Aaron Donald, who was 20th, and receiver and returner Tavon Austin, who was 41st.

Goff was joined at the rookie camp by the team’s other five draft choices, its 19 undrafted rookie free agents, whose signings were announced Thursday, and two tryout players, long snapper Jeffrey Overbaugh and receiver Jimmy Worton.

The undrafted rookie free agents included Colorado receiver Nelson Spruce, who holds the Pac-12 Conference’s record for most receptions in a career, 294, and is an alumnus of Westlake High School; Nevada defensive end Ian Seau, a nephew of the late Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau; and Texas Christian running back Aaron Green, whose uncle, Gary Green, played cornerback for the Rams in 1984 and 1985.

Other undrafted rookie free agents included Texas A&M kicker Taylor Bertolet, who led the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2015 in field goals from 50 or more yards with five, and Washington State defensive end Kache Palacio, an alumnus of Serra High School in Gardena.

Worton spent the final month of last season on the Rams practice squad as a rookie free agent from the University of Central Florida. He had been signed to the New England Patriots practice squad in January before their divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

—City News Service

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