10 Observations from OTA No. 10

Check out photos from Day 10 of the Los Angeles Rams OTA.

Team insider Myles Simmons shares his top 10 observations from the last Rams OTA practice of the spring.

1) The Rams finished their OTAs with a lighter and shorter session on Thursday. The club began practice with special teams drills, specifically working on kick returns under the new league rules. As that was happening, quarterbacks were practicing handoffs with centers and running backs on the facility’s second field.

2) At the start of individual drills, quarterbacks made quick passes to skill players — wide receivers, running backs, and tight ends — who then had to sprint past a pair of tackling dummies.

3) On the other field, linebackers were working on deflecting passes with one hand while in one-on-one coverage. During the drill, Cory Littleton intercepted a throw with just one hand instead of deflecting it to the ground.

4) Legendary Rams wide receiver Torry Holt once again was on the field as a coaching intern, covering those in his position group during individual drills. He was playing the role of cornerback as receivers were running slant routes. At one point, head coach Sean McVay rushed the passer while Holt played the role of defensive back.

5) The first-team offense and defense went head to head in 7-on-7 for a move-the-ball drill in a two-minute situation. The offense started deep in its own territory needing just a field goal. In the first series, Los Angeles’ offense got in position to get three points with quarterback Jared Goff hitting wide receiver Brandin Cooks over the middle.

6) With the second-team offense in the same scenario, quarterback Sean Mannion also put the team in position to kick a field goal with a bullet pass over the middle to wide receiver Pharoh Cooper.

7) In the second series for the first-team offense and defense, Goff connected with wide receiver Robert Woods over the middle to start, then wide receiver Cooper Kupp over the middle to continue marching down the field, and finally a short pass to Cooks on the right to advance into field-goal range. Goff spiked the ball to stop the clock and end the drill on a good note for the offense.

8) After three OTAs already this week — and mandatory minicamp coming up next week— McVay did not have the first-team offense or defense participating in 11-on-11 drills. Instead the second-team offense and defense participated in a move-the-ball drill. Safety Marqui Christian nearly had an interception on the first play, jumping a route.

9) Also in 11-on-11, Mannion connected with tight end Temarrick Hemingway on a shallow crossing route to the right. With the offense already inside the red zone, Hemingway caught the pass with a couple yards of the end zone then reached out and broke the plane for a touchdown.

10) As Holt was leaving the field, quarterback Luis Perez told Holt he would hit him with a pass at the back pylon. The ball went into the air, Holt went on the run, reached up to catch the pass one-handed, and got two feet in. It was a fitting end to a good week. And, yes, Holt’s still got it.

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