1) Bringing back the secondary
But just as head coach Jeff Fisher has done since the end of the season, Snead classified bringing back the secondary as critically important.
“If I were to prioritize what’s going on in our building -- and there's a lot of things going on -- that’s Priority A right now,” Snead said. “Even at this Combine right now, we’ll meet with their reps maybe more than one time. … And I’m not saying anything gets done. We’ve got a lot going on here, but that’s Priority A.”
Though it won’t necessarily be easy to get all those pending free agents back in the fold, Snead said it is possible.
“You know what, that is the goal,” Snead said. “It’s a tough task, but it’s realistic. I don’t think it’s not realistic, especially considering the cap room and things like that.”
Snead had plenty more to say about those free agents, which you can read in our full story here. [LINK]
2) Looking for stability at QB
During his press conference, Snead rattled off a bunch of statistics that the club has gleaned from studies about quarterbacks. You could go through them one by one, but I think what it boils down to is this: NFL teams with stable quarterback play and strong defensive units are most likely to win.
One such option could be quarterback
“He’s got a nice skill set,” Snead said. “Came from a pro-style offense, so doing what we do in the NFL doesn’t overwhelm him. He can do things pre-snap, get the ball out quickly. He’s less mobile than most, but he was probably that way in high school, so he’s learned to get the ball out quick. That’s his mobility.
“I call it from freshman to sophomore year, there’s a big jump in a lot of different things -- experience, confidence,” Snead continued. “You’re not the new kid. You’re not just trying to figure out where your locker is. You actually are trying to go out and help get first downs. So, yes, you can do that.”
For much more on Snead and Fisher’s thoughts on the Rams’ quarterback situation, check out our full story here. [LINK]
3) Friendly competitors
At this point, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz appear to be the consensus top two quarterbacks available in the 2016 draft. While they won’t be together much after April, for now they’re actually training together in Southern California to help ease their transition to the league.
“Carson’s a great player,” Goff said Thursday. “Me and Carson have been training together now for six or seven weeks, and he’s a great player, hell of a quarterback, and he’s going to be really good wherever he goes as well.”
With the two training together, Goff said there is a sense of friendly competition that’s been brewing between them.
“It’s just like anything else,” Goff said. “When we go out there and we throw together, by no means is it cut throat, but we’re competitive with each other. We’re just trying to do our best every day.”
We’ll have more on the quarterbacks this weekend as they get their on-field workouts going on Saturday.
AROUND THE TWITTERVERSE
In addition to their interviews, the QBs went through measurements, which sparked some interesting reactions on Twitter.
#NFLCombine QB measurements— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) February 25, 2016
Tallest: Paxton Lynch (6-6 5/8)
Shortest: T. Boykin (6-0)
Heaviest: Cardale Jones (253)
Lightest: Boykin (212)
9-inch hands for Goff. Not ideal but not a deal-breaker. Others similar: Carr (9 1/8"), Tannehill (9"), Kap (9 1/8") https://t.co/ER5tT628Tp— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) February 25, 2016
This next tweet may not have much to do with hand size, but I still found it pretty interesting. Goff did mention in his press conference that for years he’s had trouble putting on weight.
QB Jared Goff added about 13 pounds since season ended by changing diet after blood analysis showed he wasn’t digesting proteins ideally— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) February 25, 2016
“I just heard about that yesterday, actually. I’ve been told I have pretty big hands my whole life. Heard I had small hands, apparently, yesterday. No, I’ve never had a problem with that. I don’t expect it to be a problem at all.”
—Jared Goff on the insinuation that he has small hands because they measured out to nine inches.
“What he brings to the table as a weapon on offense and what our coaches can do, and we’ve hired a couple new coaches and they come into the building with, let’s call it excitement because of what they think he can do to help your [offense] -- and also on the special teams. So he’s a valuable piece. Again, I don’t know what we call him, but I like to call him an offensive weapon. So we’ll try to figure that out. But he’s somebody we want for the future.”
—GM Les Snead on the organization’s interest in keeping
The running backs and offensive linemen will be on the field for their workouts, plus defensive linemen and linebackers are slated to speak to the media. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to seeing some fast 40 times.