Quotes & Notes 8/6: Rams prepare for joint practices with Oakland Raiders, sign punter Brock Miller

After each media session, Quotes and Notes will bring you what was said, who said it, and what it means for your Los Angeles Rams. Here’s what you should know from Tuesday, Aug. 6.

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“I feel confident our guys will handle it the right way.”

– HC Sean McVay

  • HBO’s Hard Knocks docuseries chose to follow the Oakland Raiders for this year’s edition, which means Week 2 of the preseason will have more cameras than usual around.
  • While that presence creates an atypical dynamic for this week’s joint practice with the Raiders in Napa, Calif., McVay’s message to the Rams is “continuing to handle things the right way.”
  • McVay said the Rams are looking forward to making the most of the two days of joint practices with the Raiders just like they did with the Chargers last week at UC Irvine.

“There might be a couple of guys (out), but nobody of note.”

– HC Sean McVay

  • With the exception of third-year outside linebacker Samson Ebukam, McVay expects to have almost all players make the trip to Napa and participate from an injury standpoint.
  • McVay said Ebukam is dealing with tightness in his hamstring.
  • Whether or not Ekubam participates in this week's joint practices with the Raiders “remains to be seen,” according to McVay, but the Rams will err on the side of caution when making that determination.
  • Ekubam recorded 25 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception in 2018.

“That represents a step in that direction, to be able to have somebody that can do both punting and kicking.”

– HC Sean McVay

Check out the photos as the Rams travel to Napa to face the Raiders for two joint practices and the first preseason game of 2019.

  • The Rams on Tuesday announced the signing of free agent punter Brock Miller.
  • According to McVay, the continuity and talent of veteran specialists Greg Zuerlein and Johnny Hekker afforded Los Angeles the opportunity to bring someone who can get reps at punter and kicker during the preseason, helping keep the legs of Zuerlein and Hekker fresh.
  • Miller will be especially valuable to L.A.’s punt returners, who will now be gaining experience fielding punts from the left-footed Miller in addition to the right-footed Hekker.
  • Beyond the preseason, it will also help punt returners prepare for Week 1 of the regular season at Carolina. Lefty Michael Palardy starts at punter for the Panthers.
  • Miller, who went undrafted out of Southern Utah in 2014, most recently spent time on the New York Giants’ practice squad in December after a brief stint on a reserve/future contract with the San Francisco 49ers from January 2017 to May 2017. His 43.3 yards per punt during his final season with the Thunderbirds in 2012 ranked 11th in the FCS.

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