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From the Podium: Broncos, Week 16

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Rams head coach Sean McVay, linebacker Bobby Wagner and quarterback Baker Mayfield each held press conferences with local media Wednesday, discussing young players capitalizing on opportunities, facing Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson and more.

On Thursday, defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and offensive coordinator Liam Coen discussed emerging young players, Mayfield's first two games and more.

Here are some of the highlights and key takeaways from those conversations, which you can watch in your entirety below.

"A lot of those young defensive lineman, I've been really pleased with Bobby Brown and the way that he's played, I think you're seeing a lot of opportunities for Michael Hoecht." – McVay

  • Brown and Hoecht were two of the names that came to mind for McVay when asked about players taking advantage of increased playing time in recent weeks,
  • McVay also brought up rookie defensive backs Russ Yeast and Quentin Lake as well.

"I think it's going to be an upgraded version of practice." – Wagner

  • Wilson's teammate with the Seahawks from 2012-21, Wagner said everything was pretty much full speed in practice except hitting, so he could never actually tackle Wilson. That won't be the case Sunday against the Broncos.
  • "He said I would never catch him, so we'll see," Wagner said.

"(What I've learned about McVay is) just how detailed he is." – Mayfield

  • Working with McVay, what's stuck out to Mayfield is the head coach's attention to detail.
  • Mayfield said that even when a play looks good, McVay will fine-tune it afterward to the "what-if" – "what if we get this certain look, how do we want to teach the guy."

"I'm really fired up about all those guys." – Morris

  • Like McVay, Morris has also been pleased with what he's seen from defensive tackle Bobby Brown III and safeties Russ Yeast and Quentin Lake in terms of how the capitalized on increased playing time.
  • Morris praised Yeast for making "big-time" tackles in dime package situations, the promise and playmaking ability shown by Brown at nose tackle, and Lake's preparedness for his first action on defense last week.

"You just saw Cam over the last few weeks start to get into a little bit more rhythm." – Coen

  • Running back Cam Akers' recent production has been a bright spot for the Rams' offense, highlighted by his 90 yards from scrimmage against the Packers in Week 15.
  • Akers' detail without the ball in his hands Monday night also stuck out to Coen, who pointed to Akers' effort when he was used in empty formations and wasn't the primary.

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