The Los Angeles Rams are opening minicamp today for the first of three practices. What is minicamp? Let’s look at the fine print!
Two-a-day practices shall be permitted at two of the three practice days of the Club’s one mandatory minicamp, subject to the following rules: (i) players may be on the field for a total of no more than three and one-half hours per day; (ii) players may participate in one practice for no more than two and one-half hours of on-field activities under Phase Three rules; (iii) the second practice may only be for the remaining portion of the players’ daily three and one-half hour on-field activities and shall be limited to walk-through instruction only; (iv) no organized team activities (including treatment and taping) may begin prior to 7:00am local time or end after 8:30pm local time, and players shall be given at least one hour for lunch and dinner each; (v) players may only be asked to participate in Club activities for a maximum of ten hours per day including taping and treatment but excluding meal time. The on-field time limits described above shall begin as soon as position coaches begin to coach players on the field.
Exciting! Here’s how it’s looking.
Much like organized team activities, this portion of things is pretty silly. There’s no real line play on either side and ball carriers aren’t getting hit, soooooooooooooooooo yeah.
Still, we’ll get to see some lineups and get some media availability. Plus, it’s June and we’re football fans. Beggars can’t be choosers.
DE/OLB Morgan Fox tore his ACL during organized team activities (OTAs) and EDGE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo broke his foot during Phase II of the offseason program.
The big news on the unavailability front, albeit not an injury, is the absence of DL Aaron Donald. And really, it’s the players who are not attending minicamp league-wide: Seattle Seahawks S Earl Thomas, Oakland Raiders EDGE Khalil Mack and Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson and Tennessee Titans OT Jack Conklin.
I’d expect that to continue next year if not increase in scope as we get closer to the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement after the 2020 season.