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2019 Los Angeles Rams’ second week of organized team activities begins today

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Here’s what’s going down this week as the Rams get back to the practice fields.

Los Angeles Rams S Eric Weddle during organized team activities at Cal Lutheran University, May 20, 2019.
Los Angeles Rams S Eric Weddle during organized team activities at Cal Lutheran University, May 20, 2019.
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Week 2 of organized team activities (OTAs) in Phase III of the 2019 offseason begins today for the Los Angeles Rams.

Gonna crib some formatting from this nice summary from our friends at Arrowhead Pride:

What are OTAs?

  • Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of OTAs, with a maximum of three OTAs each week for the first two weeks (during the first two weeks, a fourth non-OTA workout is allowed but phase two rules apply).
  • No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
  • No pads except protective knee and elbow pads are allowed during OTAs. Helmets are permitted.
  • OTA days last six hours.

Those Phase II rules for the fourth workout for last week and this week?

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.

The collective bargaining agreement the NFL and the players’ union worked out didn’t want to overwork players at this point, so they limit teams to just three OTAs per week. Given the early injuries we’ve seen around the NFL, it’s easy to understand why.

When are the Rams’ OTAs?

  • Week 1: May 20-21, 23
  • Week 2: May 28-30
  • Week 3: June 3-6

Mandatory Minicamp (10 hours a day) takes place after OTAs from June 11 - June 13.

Who’s not at the Rams’ OTAs?

Since attendance at this point is voluntary, there are noticeable absences around the NFL. For the Rams, OTAs started with a couple of absentees in RB Todd Gurley, CB Marcus Peters, CB Aqib Talib and EDGE Dante Fowler, Jr. By week’s end, all but Gurley were present.

So the only question related to roster attendance is if Gurley will show up today.

Who will we hear from at OTAs?

The Rams are allowing media access today and next Monday. Rams Head Coach Sean McVay and various players will speak to media starting at 5pm ET/2pm PT while allowing for the first portion of practice to be observed.

So perhaps we’ll get some personnel updates along with any injury updates (Gurley’s knee, WR Cooper Kupp’s knee, etc.).