10 Observations from OTA No. 6

Check out photos from Day 6 of the Los Angeles Rams OTAs.

Team insider Myles Simmons shares his top 10 observations from the sixth OTA practice of the Rams’ offseason program.

1) The offense began practice with more quick passes on Thursday. Quarterbacks and receivers were working on rhythm and timing routes off of play action in the backfield. That continues through individual drills, where wideouts received more quick passes.

2) Later in individual drills, quarterbacks and wideouts worked on deep corner routes. The ball shouldn’t hit the ground in situations like this where the offense is going against air. And for the vast majority of throws, it didn’t. A few times, Head Coach Sean McVay mocked rushing the passer as the QB made his drop back.

3) In group offensive drills, the offense worked on red zone passes. One of the interesting aspects of these drills is that everyone in the play ends up catching a ball — even if the QB doesn’t look his way. Coaches and other quarterbacks behind the line of scrimmage help fill the gaps once the play’s signal-caller has let his pass fly.

4) Outside linebacker Justin Lawler seems to always be around the ball with a chance to get his hands on it. That was the case early in 11-on-11 drills when he got to a swing pass at the same time as a receiver. Lawler didn’t make the interception, but assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Barry praised Lawler’s timing on the sideline.

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5) During the first 11-on-11 period**, quarterback Jared Goff made a pair of nice downfield passes. The first went down the seam to wideout Cooper Kupp for what would’ve been a big gain. The next was deep down the middle for wide receiver Robert Woods, and it would have gone for a touchdown off play action.

6) The club finished the 11-on-11 period with red zone work. On one play, Goff didn’t initially have a receiver open, scrambled to his right, and hit Woods in the front corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

7) Los Angeles had two fields going for 7-on-7 work. The first and second units were on one field, with the rest of the club on the other. That’s one of the luxuries of having 90 players. Plus, McVay emphasizes being able to get the most out of every minute during the offseason program. That’s one way to do it. 

8) During that 7-on-7 period, Goff fired a nice red-zone pass up the right sideline to tight end Gerald Everett. The offense was able to take advantage of a size mismatch on the Everett, who reached up and snatched the ball down on the run in the end zone for a touchdown.

9) The Rams used their next 11-on-11 period for the young players on the roster — those that might not usually receive regular reps. Rookie running back John Kelly took the first handoff of the period over to the right side for a nice run outside the tackles. Quarterback Luis Perez also made a nice pass to wide receiver LaQuivionte Gonzalez on the right side for what would have been first-down yardage.

10) The Rams finished practice with a jog through on both fields. The offense went against a scout defense and the defense a scout offense to close the second week of OTAs.

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