Team insider Myles Simmons shares his top 10 observations from the last practice of minicamp.
1) Special teams coordinator John Fassel began the session by practicing kickoff return with the group. Fassel had said in his press conference earlier in the day that the new return rules will necessitate more changes than the new kickoff rules.
2) Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh stood next to each other and ostensibly had a long conversation along the sideline while special teams got its work done on the field. There was certainly a good amount of knowledge and experience going on in that talk.
3) On the second field, kicker Greg Zuerlein was practicing field goals with the entire operation of long snapper Jake McQuaide and holder Johnny Hekker. There were no goalposts on the field, but it was still a good sign to see him launching the ball off his right leg.
4) As head coach Sean McVay** said it would be during his Tuesday press conference, Wednesday’s session was fairly light to cap the offseason program. The offense and defense stayed on separate fields throughout the short session, which meant there was no 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work.
5) The offense started individual drills with running backs, tight ends, and wide receivers catching a quick pass in the flat from the four quarterbacks. The receiver then had to run past a pair of tackling dummies and stiff arm each of them to get through the drill.
6) The same group also went through a red-zone drill, where each quarterback had to scramble out of the pocket and then throw to a receiver on the run in the end zone. That can be a tough pass for a quarterback to complete in live-game situations.
7) The offensive skill players went through plays in their group drills very quickly — averaging about 10 seconds between snaps as McVay barked out formations and plays.
8) On the other field, the defense worked on covering routes with a split squad in order to maximize the individualized attention and reps for the players. One pair of inside linebackers was working with a corner and safety on one field side of the field, with the same thing happening in somewhat of a mirror image on the same field.
9) The defense also worked on a pursuit drill, with different coaches stationed at different places on the field to represent various wide receiver routes. After the coaches mocked the snap, the defensive players had to find the coach with the ball raised above his head, and then run to that spot. There were swing passes, deep passes, and midrange passes for the defense to pursue.
10) Overall, McVay seemed satisfied with the day’s mental work, saying in his press conference he was “pleased with the focus and concentration” from the walk-thru and practice.