Highlights from Thursday’s Rams practice
A brief look at the Rams’ training-camp practice on Thursday:
It’s been a nice week for the Rams’ receivers. First, Sammy Watkins showed up and made some nice catches, and rookie Josh Reynolds flashed some moves. On the last official day of training camp, one of the veterans stood out, as Robert Woods made a couple nice catches in traffic, including one long ball for a touchdown.
Coach Sean McVay didn’t offer an official list in advance of Saturday’s preseason game at Oakland, but it seems likely that the players who were held out for most of practice this week won’t play Saturday.
That would include cornerbacks Kayvon Webster, Nickell Robey-Coleman and Mike Jordan, which would leave the Rams rather shorthanded beyond starter Trumaine Johnson.
Receiver Tavon Austin, running back Lance Dunbar, offensive lineman Andrew Donnal and linebackers Samson Ebukam and Nic Grigsby also remain out.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“We’ve gotten a lot of things accomplished. We’re not where we want to be, but we’re going in the right direction. That’s what you feel good about.”
— McVay, on reaching the end of training camp.
The arrival of Watkins, and good practice efforts from Reynolds, clearly have turned up the heat on receivers such as Nelson Spruce and Paul McRoberts, who presumably were on the 53-man roster bubble even before Watkins’ arrival in a trade last week.
Spruce made the roster out of training camp last year but missed the season with injuries, while McRoberts spent most of 2016 on the Rams’ practice squad.
“With the uncertainty and the unpredictability with the injuries and different things that can occur,” McVay said, “I think you get yourself caught up in worrying about things that you can’t control and that’s when it affects your ability to be your best. Those guys aren’t players that do that and I think that’s why you appreciate what they bring to this team right now.”
The Rams are done at UC Irvine. They will have a walk-through practice Friday at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, then resume practice there Tuesday, after Saturday’s preseason game at Oakland.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way the guys competed, went about the meetings, and when we practiced every single day,” McVay said. “It’s been a great group to be around, both coaches and our players.”
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