Even after signing veterans Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Mario Haggan in the offseason, the Rams still are trying to strengthen the roster at outside linebacker. That's why veteran Rocky McIntosh paid a free-agent visit to Rams Park on Wednesday.
He took part in a workout in the morning for coach Jeff Fisher, and then participated in individual drills on a "tryout" basis during Wednesday's minicamp practice. Fisher liked the private morning workout and the Rams would like to get McIntosh under contract in relatively quickly.
McIntosh, 29, spent all six of his previous NFL seasons with the Washington Redskins, who picked him in the second round of the 2006 draft out of Miami (Fla.). Over that span, McIntosh started 69 games and was a full-time starter for four consecutive seasons, from 2007 through 2010. He topped 100 tackles in all four of those seasons, including a career-high 155 in 2010.
McIntosh, 6 feet 2, 242 pounds, began 2011 as a starter but was replaced at midseason by Perry Riley, who started the final eight contests for Washington.
McIntosh finished the season with 73 tackles, one sack, and five quarterback pressures. He has had at least two previous free-agent visits this offseason — to Minnesota and Miami. St. Louis could represent his best chance for playing time, even an opportunity to start.
JACKSON IN VEGAS
Running back Steven Jackson had an excused absence and was not present for Wednesday's minicamp practice.
"A long time ago he asked if he could do a commencement speech, so he'll be back in the morning," Fisher said.
Jackson is giving the commencement speech at Eldorado High School, his alma mater, in Las Vegas.
To a large degree, it has been a quiet offseason for wide receiver and University of Missouri product Danario Alexander, who has been slowed by a hamstring injury. But he made a couple of impressive catches Wednesday, going up once over a defender to haul in a deep ball from Sam Bradford for a touchdown.
"It's good to get him back,'' Fisher said. "He was dealing with a minor hamstring and we got him back on the field. He can elevate and make those plays."
Safety Darian Stewart earned his college degree in retail management this offseason from South Carolina. Eventually, he'd like to put that degree to use by opening a couple of clothing-related stores. ... Today's practice ends the minicamp and ends the offseason practice period. The team won't practice again until training camp begins in late July.