Daily Combine Wrap-Up: Wednesday

Posted Feb 24, 2016

Team insider Myles Simmons takes a look at Wednesday's biggest storylines from the 2016 NFL Combine.

INDIANAPOLIS -- With the first day of media availability at the NFL Combine complete, it’s safe to say the offseason is now well underway. Here’s the skinny for what went down on Wednesday in Indy.


1) Boras remains at OC

In an expected move, head coach Jeff Fisher officially named Rob Boras the Rams’ offensive coordinator at his media availability on Wednesday.

“The coaching staff is complete. I was really pleased with what Rob Boras was able to do down the stretch,” Fisher said.

Boras assumed the duties of offensive coordinator prior to the club’s Week 14 contest against the Lions, and the Rams went 3-1 with Boras calling the plays.

Fisher had plenty more to say about Boras and Los Angeles’ offensive staff, which you can read in our full story here.

2) Ogletree in the middle

With the recent release of linebacker James Laurinaitis, Fisher said Alec Ogletree will take over as the Rams’ middle linebacker.

“Yes, Alec’s going to be our Mike,” Fisher said. “He’s excited. I’ve had the conversation with him since the difficult time in releasing James, and Alec is really excited about moving inside. He’s been inside the building every day.”

Ogletree suffered what ended up being a season-ending, lower-leg fracture against the Cardinals on Oct. 4. But up to that point, the Georgia product was unquestionably one of the most productive defensive players in the league in 2015. In fewer than four full games, Ogletree registered 55 total tackles and 2.0 sacks.

Fisher said he’s confident Ogletree will excel as the Rams’ new defensive signal-caller, and you can read more about why in our full story here.

3) Competition at quarterback

Fisher said at his end-of-the-season press conference Case Keenum would begin training camp as the starting quarterback, with Nick Foles and Sean Mannion getting a chance to compete for the spot. The head coach reiterated the same point on Wednesday, but this time added there could also be a quarterback from outside the organization.

“When the season was over, I made the statement that Case is our starter and Nick and Sean are going to have a chance to come in and compete. So that’s where we are,” Fisher said. “And with respect to the quarterback position, there’s probably a good chance there’s going to be another one at camp -- if not two. And I can’t say whether that comes through the draft, through free agency, or through trade. But that’s a position that we look to upgrade.”

Parsing the words a bit, Fisher sounds like the Rams are keeping their options open for quarterback in 2016. With general manager Les Snead also slated to speak to the media at the Combine, we’ll take a look deeper look at Los Angeles’ quarterback situation later this week.


Well, technically nothing happened on the field today. Running backs, offensive linemen, and special teams players went through measurements and medical evaluations in addition to their media obligations. Those three positions will go through more workouts and interviews tomorrow before their on-field workouts on Friday.

Below are a couple observations that stood out to me from the Twitterverse.

(Not so) Breaking News: Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry is one massive dude.

Tunsil has been one of the players mentioned as a possible No. 1 overall pick this year. As a fan of big men, I’d very much like to see this happen, too.


“Last week, we let James, Chris, and Jared [go] and it was difficult. It’s not easy. Chris understood. I think Chris is going to land on his feet, as will James and Jared. But it’s part of the process. It’s part of the process for planning for the future. In particular, Chris and James were basically the faces of our franchise for years in St. Louis. And I have total respect for their commitment, not only on the field, but off the field -- what they did in the community.

“And as I sat there with James, explaining to him our decision, I mentioned to him that I’ve made many difficult decisions over the years, be it in the past with Eddie George, or Keith Bullock, or Steve McNair. I’m friends with all of them, and I wanted to maintain that. So I hope that with respect to Chris and James, that when it comes time to walk away from the game, that they can retire as Rams.”
—Head coach Jeff Fisher on the difficulty of releasing veteran players


Los Angeles general manager Les Snead will have his media availability on Thursday at 9:45 a.m. PT. Quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends will meet with the media tomorrow, as well.