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Phase II of the 2019 Los Angeles Rams’ offseason begins

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With the draft over, it’s time to hit the middle stage of the offseason program

Los Angeles Rams LT Andrew Whitworth during organized team activities, Jun. 4, 2018.
Los Angeles Rams LT Andrew Whitworth during organized team activities, Jun. 4, 2018.
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Timeline marker for your Los Angeles Rams today, folks.

With the 2019 NFL Draft now over, we’re now fully into the offseason. Today, the Rams enter Phase II of the official offseason program:

Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

So Phase One is just working out and physical conditioning. Now, we get into some practices albeit without lining up or any contact or anything. Still, it’s a big step up especially for the rookies who get to come in and integrate into the team, the culture and the general approach to these kinds of sessions.

After these three weeks, we get into Phase III with organized team activities and the optional mandatory minicamp.

There’s also rookie minicamp, though last year Rams Head Coach Sean McVay elected to use it more as rookie tryouts than an actual minicamp for the rookies on the roster. Here’s how he put it for this year’s camp:

I think in the next couple of weeks we can start to get guys in. We’ll be a little bit more specific. It won’t be the typical open rookie minicamp. We’ll have something more focused on draft picks and maybe giving guys a chance to come in and compete in a tryout-type setting. But, it will be definitely more limited to what we had a couple years ago with (WR Cooper) Kupp and (S) John Johnson (III), Josh Reynolds, and Gerald Everett, that draft class. So, it will be little bit different.

The Rams held their rookie camp on May 11 last year though the offseason program was a day later calendar-wise. So perhaps May 12 this year?

In any case, the offseason program is rolling along. After Phase III wraps up in mid-June, we’ll have a bit off before reconvening at training camp in late July.

Let’s get through this together, Ramily.