Highlights from Wednesday’s Rams practice
A brief look at the Rams’ training-camp practice on Wednesday:
The most entertaining aspect of training-camp practice has been a red-zone drill in which receivers and cornerbacks go one on one. On Wednesday, rookie receiver Cooper Kupp pulled a double move on Trumaine Johnson and caught a touchdown pass from Jared Goff. The move was so nice that Johnson slapped hands with Kupp afterward.
The Rams got even thinner at cornerback, as Mike Jordan joined Kayvon Webster and Nickell Robey-Coleman on the sideline. Coach Sean McVay indicated that none of the injuries was particularly serious and that Webster, for one, would be able to play a game if necessary.
Still, the Rams plan to bring in veteran free-agent cornerback Leodis McKelvin for a tryout Thursday.
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
“It will be nice. It will be my first time back there since college, playing at least. I’ve got some family and friends coming, and it will be good.”
— Goff, a Northern California native, on playing for Saturday’s preseason game in Oakland.
As regularly happens in camp, a few veterans took a non-injury rest day, including offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth, Rodger Saffold and John Sullivan.
That gave the second-team linemen, who have sometimes struggled in camp, a chance to get higher-profile reps. Darrell Williams, a former undrafted free agent who spent most of last season on injured reserve, saw more time at left tackle.
DON’T DROP IT
The Rams did ball-protection drills for a third consecutive day in practice, after their running backs and receivers fumbled six times Saturday against Dallas. Rams defenders also aggressively attempted to strip the ball during drills that otherwise were non-contact.
“It starts with me,” McVay said. “We’ve got to do a better job of emphasizing it. You try to mimic and emulate those game-like situations as much as possible in practice, but the Cowboys, to their credit, they do a great job of emphasizing taking the ball away. We’ve got to be mindful of protecting it, especially in those congested areas. I’m looking forward to seeing how we improve on Saturday.”
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