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Los Angeles Rams Training Camp 2017: Position Battle Update Week 1

With less than a week to the Rams’ preseason opener, here’s how the major position battles are shaping up.

Los Angeles Rams WR Pharoh Cooper
Los Angeles Rams WR Pharoh Cooper
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The first week of training camp is in the books. With the Los Angeles Rams set to kick off the preseason this weekend, we’ll look at the major position battles every Monday. Here’s where things stand:

Wide Receivers

WR Tavon Austin is sidelined. WR Rookie Josh Reynolds is still dealing with a hammy. In their absence, the Pharoh of the group – WR Pharoh Cooper – took snaps with the ones. WR Mike Thomas was on the PUP but came up today.

Austin's injury will be worth monitoring. He has not gotten many reps this offseason as he continues to rehab from his offseason wrist surgery.

Tight Ends

TE Tyler Higbee and rookie TE Gerald Everett are locked in as the top two in this meeting room.

The interesting scuffle is occurring at the lower end of the group between Temarrick Hemingway converted TE Travis Wilson. Wilson's a big (6’7”, 258 lbs) athletic target that has made some plays going up against the second unit.

Surprisingly – or not, depending how you look at it – it has been a quiet camp for Cory Harkey.

Offensive Line

The Rob Havenstein-Jamon Brown position musical chairs experiment continues. The latest news has them reverting back to their position they have played the past two years – Rob is back at right tackle and Jamon is sliding inside to right guard. Hard to gauge depth


From the sounds of things, newcomer CB Nickell Robey-Coleman has solidified the slot as his. He has covered WR Robert Woods and has done swell but the two have played together dating back to college, so take that as you will.


OLB Samson Ebukam has been held out of practice for the past few days with soft tissue injuries. While most likely precautionary, it does not bode well for a first-year player that is still very raw.

OL Andrew Donnal is also going through some injury issues. Donnal is one of the few backups with some experience. It will be interesting to see who steps up – the Rams OL depth is pretty piss poor behind the starting unit.