Four takeaways from the Rams training camp
August 19, 2021
After watching the Los Angeles in training camp last week at UC Irvine here are a few things I noticed about the 2021 team. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford looked aggressive and capable in this Rams offense. The newly minted playmaker frequently pushed the ball downfield. In addition, Stafford's arm provided a glimpse into the potential of their ability to put up points in a hurry.
1) Big arm, super speed.
Stafford had his cannon of an arm on full display throughout the day. He connected on bombs with wide receivers Desean Jackson, Van Jefferson, and Tutu Atwell throughout practice. This trio of NASCAR speedsters provides enough speed and will challenge opposing defenses. For example, the play of the day came when Stafford rolled to his left and found Jefferson downfield on a post route during the 11-on-11 period.
2) All-seeing Ramsey.
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey flashed his elite recognition skills. Ramsey showed the offense that he knew route combinations and where the ball was going throughout the day. He was around the ball wherever Stafford threw it.
Ramsey looks to be in All-Pro form. In addition to his ability to understand the direction of plays, no wide receiver caught a ball on Ramsey. The closest to do so was Robert Woods during 1-on-1s. After Woods reached above his head for a pass from Stafford, Ramsey foiled the connection, knocking the ball loose.
3) Henderson takes the lead.
Darrell Henderson got the bulk of the touches at running back with the first team. With the injury to Cam Akers, the Rams are giving Henderson the first crack at the lead role. Henderson showed some burst through the line. He gave nose tackle Greg Gaines and dead leg and burst through the hole for a 10-yard chunk, where Ramsey stopped him for the would-be tackle.
4) Humble Beast
When Aaron Donald retires, he will not have to wait long for his Hall of Fame bust in Canton. As menacing as he is on the field, Donald is such a gentle and gregarious person off the field. After another dominant day, Donald took the time to take pictures and speak to fans in the parking lot who waited around to get a glimpse of him.
The Rams will continue to evaluate their roster when they play the Raiders on Saturday at Sofi Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m.
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