The Los Angeles Rams are at training camp, though you wouldn’t know it like you would any other year prior to 2020. Things are all quiet on the NFC western front but things are happening nonetheless.
We just won’t get the same picture, or pictures, like we used to.
Without a normal training camp schedule and zero preseason games, we probably won’t even start to get a sense of things until Aug. 17, the first day of padded practices. Even then, perhaps 53-man roster projections will be even more inaccurate than usual (one reason being that the rosters are bigger now, I suppose) and fans will have to wait until mid-September when games begin before they can examine offseason changes and certain expectations.
In the case of the Rams, there is plenty to be on the lookout for next season. Thankfully, depending on how you’re looking at it, the world may get an even closer look at the Rams and Chargers than they will on any other team due to the presence of Hard Knocks. That TV debut is less than two weeks away.
So what exactly are you looking forward to when things really get underway, whether that’s in a couple of weeks or when they host the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 13?
A few possibilities:
- The next era of running back after Todd Gurley
- As many as five new starters in the front-seven surrounding Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers
- New offensive and defensive coordinators
- Starting a season with Jalen Ramsey and John Johnson in the secondary
- The refurbished offensive line
- Sean McVay’s offensive gameplan following the losses of Gurley, Brandin Cooks, and to what degree that will include Tyler Higbee
- I don’t know, you tell me
Rookie you’re most looking forward to seeing in action
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Coordinator you believe will be most successful in 2020
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Finally, what would the answers to this question have been a year ago? And what would have been the answers to those answers?
Certainly Gurley as at the forefront and the type of season he’d have. Who would start on the inside of the offensive line and how would they play. Getting back Cooper Kupp. Adding Eric Weddle and Clay Matthews to the defense and how that would impact the team.
Other than Kupp, what if those answers had been positive instead of negative? Would’ve made a dent in the outcome, that’s for sure.