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Today marks a change of scenery for the Los Angeles Rams. Though the team has called UC Irvine home for the last six days of training camp, the Rams will make the trip up to Carson today, to participate in the first of two joint practices with the Chargers.
The practice will take place at the Chargers' new home for the upcoming year, the StubHub Center, and will give fans of both teams their first glimpse into the regular season - a test run of sorts for gamedays to come.
So what can we expect out of today's joint practice? According to Rams Head Coach Sean McVay, "a good, competitive day" is on the agenda. McVay stressed today's practice as a unique moment to compete against a system other than their own and a break from what can be a monotonous time in training camp.
"I think it will be a great opportunity for us to compete against a great team with a lot of good players and really for offense, defense and special teams to see a different system," McVay said ahead of today's practice. " I think it's going to be good set up where we'll get a bunch of good situational work and it'll be great for both teams."
With 180 players on the field both teams will get the chance to work on plenty of individual, midfield, and red zone drills. This afternoon will also feature 7-on-7 work as well as scripted and unscripted situational work, including first, second, and third down plays and two-minute drills. Both teams will be in full pads, but all drills will include no live tackling to the ground.
In the build-up to today's practice run at StubHub, Mcvay says he and Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn discussed the best way to go about the afternoon, in an effort to make sure both teams benefit from the competition while making player safety a priority.
"We talked going back a handful of months and early in the offseason program when we were going to try and get these practices set up," McVay said in reference to the planning stages of today's practice. "I know that Wade Phillips and Matt Lafleur - our defensive and offensive coordinators - have talked to Ken Whisenhunt and Gus Bradley - their coordinators - so they've all connected and we know what we're trying to get out of it. I think it's going to be a great opportunity for us to get some good looks and go against a team that's right down the road"
"I think you want to be able to get that great work, but absolutely there is a premium on staying healthy," McVay added, "and making sure that we get all of our guys through practice and really to that first game as healthy as we can."
Both teams will hit the field at 4:30 pm. The Chargers will then make the trip to UC Irvine for the second of two joint practice on August 9th.