Sam LaPorta is apparently feeling better as the Detroit Lions get closer to hosting the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. Many of us have been waiting all week for Sunday night. LaPorta is a rookie tight end and had a great year. He’ll have a chance to build upon it if he can suit up during the playoffs. It’s unclear if that will happen or not but he does seem to be feeling better. I don’t have the numbers but Dallas Goedert for the Philedelphia Eagles had a nice game against the Rams, and he’s a tight end, so using that logic may mean the Lions can take advantage of that as well. We’ll see. A lot of has changed since the Rams played the Eagles in the earlier part of the season.
Do you expect LaPorta to suit up? Should it matter either way? The Rams are going to have to be prepared to play the best to get to where they want to go, so why not start now.
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“I got some reps today at practice, starting to feel better day by day and see where it takes me tomorrow and really just taking it a day at a time,” LaPorta said. “Cause when it first happened it didn’t feel great and I feel like I’ve started to bounce back quickly, so we’ll see.”
The Lions clarified that LaPorta worked on the side at practice and did not take reps during the day’s scheduled 1-hour, 20-minute workout.
LaPorta said he “was taking the same blocking reps that we do in our individual drill, I was getting reps at those. (And) ran some routes with Jared (Goff).”
“Yes, the Rams are the biggest threat.
Some might argue the Cowboys or the Lions, but the Rams could be the team that presents the biggest problem.
To begin with, the Rams have been on a huge streak to end the season. They started the season poorly due to injuries to key personnel like quarterback Matt Stafford and running back Kyren Williams, but the offense is healthy now. As a result, they’ve gone 7-1 since their bye week and scored over 28 points a game.
The single loss was overtime to the Baltimore Ravens, who most have as the best team in the NFL.”
Puka Nacua named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month and Kobie Turner NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for December/January (rams.com)
“Nacua posted 32 receptions for 562 yards and three touchdowns in that span en route to breaking the NFL rookie records for both receptions and receiving yards, the latter of which had stood since 1960. He finished the regular season with 105 receptions for 1,486 yards and five touchdowns overall while starting in all 17 games.
Meanwhile, Turner became a disruptive pass rush presence with five sacks and 10 QB hits, also adding 15 total tackles with four for loss. That helped him tie defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s franchise rookie record of nine sacks overall by the end of the regular season. Turner tallied 57 total tackles and 16 QB hits overall in addition to those nine sacks while playing in every regular season game.”
Model The Way | Rams 2023 Playoffs (rams.com)
“The Los Angeles Rams are back in the playoffs! For some of the rising stars, this marks their playoff debut, but for the fearless captains and experienced veterans, this postseason dance is quite familiar. Get excited for a thrilling Wild Card clash this Sunday as the Rams face off against the Detroit Lions in an epic matchup set to kick off at 5 PM PT.”