Los Angeles will begin its mandatory minicamp on Tuesday afternoon, wrapping up Phase III of the club’s 2018 offseason program. The three-day event will run through Thursday. Unlike the 10 OTAs of the last three weeks, this is the only portion of the spring that is not voluntary.
But similar to the previous practices, head coach Sean McVay said the staff will look to continue building on the progress made over the last couple of months.
By focusing on the installation process early on, McVay is hopeful that the minicamp will provide a good opportunity to wrap up the learning phase — instead allowing players to work on perfecting the system.
“You try and progressively build throughout the offseason with the OTAs, so you really kind of get the finality of your installs,” he said recently. “[Minicamp] will offer us a couple days to really do a good job with our walk-thrus in the morning, practice in the afternoon, and it will somewhat mimic and emulate a training-camp day.”
This week will signal the conclusion to McVay’s second offseason with franchise — marking the final team workouts until Rams training camp begins in late July.
As such, McVay’s expectations surround fostering a competitive environment, while maintaining players’ health as a top priority.
“We also want to be smart, get guys out of here healthy knowing that we have a long offseason still ahead,” McVay said. “The goal is to get to training camp healthy and ready to go.”
“But in terms of the walk-thrus and then being able to get some situational work, some competitive move-the-ball stuff,” he continued, “that’s kind of what we’ll hope to get out of the minicamp having had most of our installs in — kinda forcing guys to think on their feet, as opposed to just the scripted practices.”
Full coverage of the Rams three-day minicamp will be available on therams.com.