The final week of organized team activities (OTAs) is a go!
The Los Angeles Rams’ offseason is nearing a crucial point as OTAs are nearly over with the optional mandatory minicamp coming next week. They’ll be on the field Monday through Thursday this week, so the sheer level of activity is ramping up just ahead of the summer break. After minicamp ends on June 14th, we’re in the barren wasteland until camp gets going in late July. As always, we’ll fill the void...but it’s a void nonetheless.
As for OTAs, the key for takeaways are not to take away much. As Los Angeles Daily News reporters Rich Hammond and Vinny Bonsignore laid out just minutes ago, OTAs aren’t about that action:
For those curious, the bulk of OTAs work is in position groups. DL with the sled, OL doing footwork, DBs doing ball drills, etc. It’s much more about individual improvement, with some 7 on 7 and 11 on 11 mixed in. Scrimmaging is not the focal point.— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) June 4, 2018
Plenty of questions about “how is this person/position looking?” And I understand it. It’s been five months since football and people are info-starved. But it’s OTAs. They’re in shorts. There’s no tackling. WR/DB matchups are the only ones with true competition.— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) June 4, 2018
All true. On other hand it is OK/telling to focus on what team is doing conceptually and schematically. It was obvious last year at this time McVay’s offense was just different/more creative than previous regime. This year you can see even more layers. https://t.co/t8KYVg7uWs— Vincent Bonsignore (@DailyNewsVinny) June 4, 2018
And the difference on defense last year. And how new players are fitting into certain roles. I just can't get caught up too much into "So-and-so looks great!"— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) June 4, 2018
Nuance! Context! Understanding!
No real news on any injury or performance fronts since last week, so we’ll just have to stay tuned today and see what goes down.