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10 Observations from OTA No. 2

After each OTA practice, team insider Myles Simmons will share his top 10 observations from the day's session. Here are 10 notes from Day 2 on Tuesday, May 21.

1) When practice started after the stretching period, Los Angeles' defense got things going with a pursuit drill, while the offense worked on fundamentals. The offensive line split up into two groups to get some time with the two-man sled — though each player got his work individually. The offensive quarterbacks and skill players went through basic routes against air to warm up.

2) During individual drills, tight ends coach Wes Phillips was active within the position group, using a blocking bag while helping the players with their technique. The tight ends worked through movement and staying in front of defenders on blocks, and also their first steps in run-blocking techniques.

3) Also during individual drills, the defensive line worked on their shock-and-shed technique. The players had to push back position coach Eric Henderson, get his arms off of them, step sideways through the bags, then hit a large weighted ball on the ground. It shouldn't come as a surprise, but defensive tackle Aaron Donald's power and speed really stood out when going through the drill. Second-year defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day looked good in his reps, too.

4) Wide receiver Cooper Kupp — who is progressing through his rehab from a season-ending ACL tear suffered in Week 10 last year — went through some work on the side from the early portion of practice with trainers. But he also was in for a number of plays during Los Angeles' 11-on-11 jog through later in the session.

5) Early on in 7-on-7 work — with the first-team offense going against the first-team defense — quarterback Jared Goff threw a nice deep ball down the left side to wide receiver Robert Woods. The pass went just over the outstretched hand of safety Marqui Christian. Woods was thisclose to making the catch, and really it seemed like a play he'd make nine times out of 10. But in this particular instance, he bobbled the ball a few times before it fell to the ground, drawing a couple of "OHHHs" out of his teammates and coaches.

6) Wide receiver/return specialist JoJo Natson made a nice leaping catch over the middle from backup quarterback Blake Bortles during the 7-on-7 period. Natson caught the pass just as he was getting from the second to the third level, securing it as he went to the ground.

7) At one point during the 7-on-7 work when the reserves went in, safety Eric Weddle was behind the offense chatting with third-year tight end Gerald Everett. The veteran safety, headed into his 13th year in the league, had recently been covering the third-year tight end in 7-on-7, and may have had some tips of the trade to share.

8) Undrafted rookie tight end Kendall Blanton made a nice catch at the end of the 7-on-7 work at the right sideline. Goff got flushed out of the pocket to his right by a mock rusher — pass game coordinator Shane Waldron, in this case — and had to make an off-schedule throw. Blanton was open near the first-down marker at the sideline, and made the sliding catch for what would have extended a drive.

9) While a lot of Los Angeles' 11-on-11 work came in the form of a jog-thru — where Goff was pointing out his reads rather than actually throwing them — the team did do some live-speed, non-contact 11-on-11 drills toward the end of practice. On one play, rookie safety Taylor Rapp was defending the middle of the field and knocked a pass down intended for Natson, receiving some, "Good job, Taylor!" praise from the defensive sideline.

10) Finally, after the full team was dismissed, many of the Rams' younger players stayed back to get in some more 11-on-11 work. L.A. often does this, particularly during training camp, in order to get those players more comfortable with the offensive and defensive systems through more reps.

Check out photos of the Los Angeles Rams practicing on Day one of OTAs!

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