Davis making his case to be No. 3 QB

2012-08-15T00:35:00Z 2012-08-15T06:23:25Z Davis making his case to be No. 3 QBBY DAN O'NEILL • doneill@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8186 stltoday.com

No telling what Broadway critics might have penned, but by football standards, Austin Davis' professional debut was a hit.

"It was great to get out there and play and just kind of slow the game down a bit," said Davis, a free agent rookie quarterback who is opening eyes at Rams training camp. "To be honest, practices have been a little faster, a little tougher to see than the game was.

"Obviously, being in the third group in the second half, the defense was very vanilla, but that was good. It was good to get out there and get some reps and some experience, because quarterback is all about experience and progressing. I have a long way to go, but it was a good start."

The game will fade from memory quickly otherwise, as the Rams lost 38-3 at Indianapolis. But Davis completed 12 of 18 passes for 84 yards in his inaugural game. He threw an interception, but it wasn't his fault. The receiver, Mike Campbell, failed to break to the ball.

"He was real active, has a good feel for what we're doing and, you know, he extended some plays with his legs, which is good to see," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "At times, they brought some unique pressures and he had to flush and make some plays running around."

Davis is in a tussle for attention with at least one other quarterback, if not two. Kellen Clemens got playing time in the absence of injured Sam Bradford last season and entered camp as the backup-apparent. Tom Brandstater figured to be third in line while Davis, a Southern Mississippi product, was at the coffee bar.

That batting order may be in the process of changing. The fact Davis saw as much playing time, the fact he made some plays, the fact he continues to look good in practice has not hurt his chances.

Davis broke all of Brett Favre's passing records at Southern Miss and has demonstrated a virtual convenience store ability to make plays "On The Run."

"He's very active, and he was very active in college," Fisher added. "He just went out and made plays and just enjoys playing the game."

Hmmm ... does that remind you of anyone, any other Southern Miss quarterback, anyone named Favre? Davis, who worked out with Favre at times while at Southern Miss, is proud of the association. But dropped names and college records offer no advantages to an undrafted kid trying make a roster.

"I don't think it's good or bad, it's just something to talk about to be honest," Davis, 23, said. "I mean, every player is different, every game is different. I don't really think about it, didn't think about it a lot in college. I just played ball. We threw it around a good bit and the numbers are numbers. I don't get too involved with that."


Cornerback Trumaine Johnson was held out of practice on Tuesday. Some familiar faces occupied the holding area, as well. Perpetually inactive Danario Alexander (hamstring) and fellow receiver Brandon Gibson (hamstring) were spectators. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher (rib), defensive tackle Trevor Laws (knee) and safety Darian Stewart (hamstring) all missed class. Center Scott Wells could return soon as he rehabs from knee surgery.


Practice will begin at 5:30 this afternoon and is open to the public. The Rams go back to a 3:30 p.m. workout on Thursday, which also is open to spectators. ... Davis continued to shine Tuesday, making several tight throws, including a long touchdown pass to Campbell. ... There were a couple of drops by tailback Isaiah Pead, followed by a tough grab of a bullet from Bradford. ... Rookie guard Rok "Steady" Watkins took some snaps with the No. 1 offensive line. ... Greg "The Leg" Zuerlein banged one off the crossbar for a 64-yard field goal ... Clemens to Brian Quick produced some magic.

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