Sunday August 6
Practice begins at 3:00pm PT
It’s Kid’s Day!
First 3,000 kids in attendance will receive a Los Angeles Rams fidget spinner
Well, the “Fight For L.A.” is now behind us and the clear winner was the Los Angeles...yeah, there really was no winner. But there were no fights (or major injuries) either, so that’s a positive.
The Rams return to business as usual on Sunday, now turning their attention to the very first preseason game of the Sean McVay era. According to his post-practice presser, we won’t see much of the starters this weekend (go figure), but that doesn’t eliminate the excitement surrounding competitive football.
Let’s have a look at how things are shaping up for the Rams just six days removed from their matchup against the Dallas Cowboys in L. A. Memorial Coliseum.
Ram’s wide receivers Tavon Austin and Josh Reynolds were both held out yesterday, as they nurse minor injuries. Still no sign of Lance Dunbar, who we’d all pretty much penciled in as the team’s backup RB/3rd down back.
On the other side of the ball, rookie Samson Ebukam joined veterans Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers, and Lamarcus Joyner on the sideline. McVay had this to say:
Just being smart with those guys. Anytime that you get into camp where they’ve got a handful of days in a row that they’ve practiced and they’re kind of on the threshold of they might pull a muscle and then it sets them back a few weeks. We just wanted to be smart. We’ve got a maintenance program in place with (OLB) Robert Quinn and (CB) Lamarcus (Joyner) just had a little tweak to his back, but he should be good.
Here’s to an expeditious return to health for all of the aforementioned.
Have you recently thought to yourself “how awesome is Andrew Whitworth?” He’s this awesome....
Without overindulging in Kool-Aid, it’s been nice hearing that Rams’ rookies have been stepping in and immediately contributing in the offense — an ideal McVay’s predecessor was clearly not a fan of. Cooper Kupp’s name is oft-mentioned, as he continues to impress in his very first camp.
But it’s not just the rookies that are pleasantly surprising.
Robert Woods - who the Rams made a top priority in signing in free agency this offseason - has been everything McVay expected. He wanted to get to work immediately, did so, and appears to have grown quite the rapport with Jared Goff. Time will tell if the production will ease the minds of fans who believe his contract is a bit too healthy; but from the sounds of it, he’s going to be a top target for Goff - and a huge asset in the run game - in the upcoming year.
McVay, a former TE’s coach in Washington, has some serious talent, albeit inexperienced, at the position. Can he quickly turn Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett into productive ends for the Rams in 2017?
Higbee made a nice goal line TD snag on Saturday.
It sounds like they’re a bit dinged up, but the Rams are airing on the side of caution and taking it day to day. Silver lining: none appear serious.
The best player on the Rams - offense or defense - hasn’t been to a single practice. And mum is the word on contract negotiations for Aaron Donald.
Here’s how McVay felt about his defense in Saturday’s joint practice:
I think it was good. Because we did so many two-spot drills, I was a little bit more involved in the offense, so I can’t wait to go back and look at the tape. But anytime I’m kind of peeking over my shoulder just from what we’ve seen throughout the offseason program – it kind of carried on today where guys were flying around, doing a good job of playing smart. I thought they did a nice job from what I saw just kind of on the brink.
From the watchful eyes of OC Register’s Rich Hammond, it appeared the CB’s struggled a bit yesterday.
Bit of a tough day for Rams corner Kayvon Webster. He's been beat a couple times.— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) August 6, 2017
EJ Gaines just got beat on a deep route, but the ball got dropped. Meanwhile, Tru Johnson is just here to win games.— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) August 6, 2017
But...maybe Rich just wasn’t looking hard enough.
lol idk what u watched— kwebb (@kayvonwebster) August 6, 2017