Rams Offense Gets Off to Hot Start at OTAs

If there was one consistent storyline throughout the first week of Rams OTAs, it was how sharp and crisp the offense looked.

It was clear on the first day, when quarterback Jared Goff made accurate pass after accurate pass — wowing his coaches and teammates in the process.

Goff said himself he thought Monday was "a great first day." But then that continued throughout the week.

There's clearly a lot of continuity on the offensive unit, from personnel to the playbook. And that allowed Los Angeles' players to get together during the offseason to perfect the system on their own.

"I think having come back, having run this offense before, and a lot of the same guys are around, a lot of guys that were here this offseason being able to just be together on our own and go through this stuff," wide receiver Cooper Kupp said.

The second-year wideout added the players' mindset was to get to OTAs and see how crisp the offense could be, truly hitting the ground running.

"Our expectations are high and so it's great to be able to look good out here right now but, when we go back in the meeting room and we're watching film there is a lot of stuff to correct, a lot of stuff that isn't up to our standards," Kupp said. "So, just continuing to correct that throughout the OTAs is going to be huge for us."

Part of the reason the Rams were able to get together so often in the offseason is because of the franchise's location.

"Being in L.A. we have the luxury of most guys come here to train anyways, so most of our guys were sticking around here," Kupp said. "I got to see 10, 15 guys on the offensive side of the ball just about every single day just through training or on our own just going out and throwing. Even if it was just for two days a week, being able to get out there and go through our verbiage, our routes, and just continue to build that chemistry and timing — that's a big deal when you talk about a whole offseason, four months or so, where you really don't have anything. That was a big luxury for us."

That work is starting to pay dividends, and that should continue through the rest of Phase III and into training camp. Effectively, the Rams' offensive personnel feels like the club has been able to pick up right where it left off in 2017.

"Obviously, getting back out here for the first time you gotta brush some things off," offensive lineman Jamon Brown said. "But from an offensive standpoint, it does feel like we're in better spot. We are picking up from where we left off last year. I think that's our goal and that's what we're trying to do and I think we're getting it done. Just got to keep it going."

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