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From the Podium: Sean McVay, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald, Mike LaFleur, Raheem Morris and Chase Blackburn preview Week 5 vs. Eagles

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Rams head coach Sean McVay and quarterback Matthew Stafford each held press conferences with local media Wednesday, discussing injury updates, wide receiver Cooper Kupp returning to practice and more.

On Thursday, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and special teams coordinator Chase Blackburn each held press conferences with local media discussing the Eagles' defense and offense, the Rams' special teams and more.

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

"He'll be good." – McVay

  • Running back Kyren Williams not participating in Wednesday's practice is just a precautionary move, as McVay said he expects Williams to play against the Eagles
  • Williams, who sustained a hip contusion against the Colts, is coming off of his first 100-yard rushing game of his career.

"Having as many players as you can get on the field is the goal, and we have a ton of good receivers at this point." – Stafford

  • Asked what excites him about the possibilities with both Kupp and Puka Nacua on the field if Kupp ends up playing on Sunday, Stafford said "it's a great thing" to try to mix and match and find combinations of receivers on the field, plus things the offense can do to help them play to their strengths.
  • Kupp returned to practice on Wednesday.

"You got to be stout in the middle." – Donald

  • The Eagles' short-yardage QB sneak – dubbed the "Tush Push" – is certainly on the minds of Rams defensive players as part of their preparation for Sunday's game.
  • Donald said it's possible to stop, but still "definitely tough" to do so.

"He's got every club in the bag." – LaFleur

  • There's seemingly no throw Stafford hasn't been able to make when it comes to his range of them through the first four weeks of the season.
  • Stafford is second in the NFL in passing yards entering Week 5 with 1,229.

"What a wonderful addition he has been to that group." – Morris

  • Defensive back Ahkello Witherspoon has been an impact addition to the Rams secondary, accounting for both of their takeaways (one interception and one fumble recovery) so far this season.
  • Morris said Witherspoon brings a calm presence and has continued to grow with the younger defensive backs.

"I think I feel a lot more confident with the guys that we're playing, a lot more with just the layering of what we're doing and expectations and the details." – Blackburn

  • Blackburn said the Rams special teams is still developing, but he has still seen positive signs of progress.
  • "You saw a lot of really good things show up on those same couple of punt returns, of the finishing techniques, of our next levels of the rip eyes, of the sit and fits where we created seams in space," Blackburn said, referring to Week 4 against the Colts.

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