And that’ll do it.
The Los Angeles Rams wrapped up training camp today for 2018 leaving just three preseason games separating us from the regular season.
In terms of injuries, offensive or defensive notes, things were pretty sparse today. Which brings me to a fair point to close things out on.
Did you get the level of reporting you want as a Rams fan? Did you learn as much as you wanted from coverage at camp whether it was at TST or from traditional media formats or credentialed media on Twitter or from the team themselves?
I ask that because I see camp covered, well, 32 different ways. Every media department is different. Every ecosystem of reporters is different. We’ve got about 1⁄3 of SB Nation NFL team sites credentialed. The other 2⁄3, including TST, have to try to cover things from a distance. And that can obviously be tough.
But the bottom line, as always, is that the fans are in control. Teams and media have to cede to our collective demands or lose ground. So as we close up things for camp, I’d urge Rams fans to consider the environment we just experienced in 2018 and if it was up to par.
If it wasn’t, it’s incumbent on all of us as fans to make our voices heard to create the change we want.
That being said, here’s where things stand.
The Rams are off tomorrow ahead this weekend’s, uh, prematch with the Oakland Raiders. While Saturday is our second preseason game, many will be treating it as a prologue to when the two squads meet up again on Monday Night Football for Week 1, September 10.
For the next two weeks hereafter, it’ll be a (somewhat) regular weekly process of game preparation now that training camp is done. What perhaps skews things is that we’re on a Saturday>Saturday>Thursday timeline for the next three games.
And consider the calendar of operations. Two weeks from today is the final preseason game. Two days later on Saturday at 4pm ET/1pm PT, NFL teams are required to cut their rosters from 90 players to a 53-man roster. The next day as soon as the NFL releases the official personnel notice around 1pm ET/10am PT, teams can establish their 10-man practice squads.
So we’re looking at things coming down the pipe very quickly now. Stay tuned.