Quotes & Notes: Rams vets give their thoughts as they check in for 2019 training camp

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.

“I’m really happy for the fact that they got extensions on their contracts.”

— CB Nickell Robey-Coleman

  • Rams slot corner Nickell Robey-Coleman was at the podium just after the organization announced both general manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay had signed extensions to stay under contract with Los Angeles through 2023.
  • Robey-Coleman was one of the first players Snead and McVay brought in during their partnership, as the USC product signed with the club in the 2017 offseason.
  • Robey-Coleman has become one of the premiere slot corners in the game, making Snead, McVay, and their respective staffs right on their initial decision.

“He’s a guy that has led this team with a vision from Day 1, and for this organization to be behind him and really show their good faith in him with the extension means a lot. He’s earned it.”

— P Johnny Hekker

  • Having been with the team since 2012, punter Johnny Hekker is one of the longest-tenured Rams and has seen a lot with the team’s turnaround.
  • Hekker praised McVay’s leadership, saying that his work ethic and willingness to put in such long hours makes him so effective.
  • Hekker also extolled McVay for his ability to communicate in a clear, concise way exactly what he wants.

“It’s crazy — just training with him this offseason, and I was looking over and seeing him move and I was like, ‘Man, this dude is back.’”

— WR Robert Woods

  • Wide receiver Robert Woods would say he’s not a doctor, but based on what he saw from fellow wideout Cooper Kupp during their summer workouts, Kupp appears to be in good shape heading into training camp.
  • Kupp tore his ACL during last season’s Week 10 victory over the Seahawks.
  • Woods and Kupp are going into their third season together as teammates.
  • While Kupp missed about half the season, he and Woods tied for the team lead with six touchdown receptions in 2018.

“If I see the the field zero times as a punter, I’m happy with that because it means we’re scoring touchdowns, kicking field goals, and PATs.”

— (Holder) Johnny Hekker

  • Speaking of touchdowns, Hekker punted the fewest times of his career last year at 43. That’s fewer than half of how much he punted in 2016 (98).
  • With how many points the Rams have scored over the past couple years, Hekker has been much more of a holder for kicker Greg Zuerlein’s field goals and PATs than he’s been a punter.
  • Even though his right leg got work just 2.7 times per game in 2018, Hekker finished No. 2 in net punting average (43.0 yards per punt).

Players begin to arrive for Rams Camp.

“We’re just going to continue to do what we do as DBs.”

— CB Nickell Robey-Coleman

  • Robey-Coleman said he’s excited to get going with the Rams’ 2019 secondary group.
  • The Rams added veteran Eric Weddle to start at free safety, but aside from that the group is largely the same with Robey-Coleman, Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, and John Johnson III.
  • Robey-Coleman credited the coaches for putting players in good positions to make plays. But the continuity within the team should help. And adding a player of Weddle’s caliber should aid in the defense’s potential improvement.

“It makes it really easy. Just going out there and working, practicing, and in games — I know where the ball is going to be every single time.”

— WR Robert Woods

  • Woods is entering his third season with quarterback Jared Goff, and the number reflect their strong chemistry.
  • Last season, Woods had a career year with 86 receptions for 1,219 yards and six touchdowns.
  • Earlier this week, Woods landed at No. 76 on the 2019 NFL Top 100 list.
  • Woods said on Friday that one of his goals for the upcoming season is to make more defenders miss tackles and gain additional yards after the catch.

“I’ve been thinking that way for about nine years — it’s like repeat. My poor wife, it’s taken her through the wringer over the years how many times she thinks, ‘That’s it.’”

— LT Andrew Whitworth

  • Left tackle Andrew Whitworth will turn 38 in December, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s about to retire.
  • When asked if he’s thought about the fact that this could be his last training camp, he said he almost always thinks of it that way.
  • Whitworth said he enjoys that his kids are now old enough to appreciate some of the moments that come along with being an NFL player — like checking in at the hotel for camp.

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