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From the Podium: Sean McVay, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald, Mike LaFleur, Raheem Morris and Cooper Kupp preview Week 14 at Ravens

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Rams head coach Sean McVay and quarterback Matthew Stafford each held press conferences with local media Wednesday, discussing facing former Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday, the decision to sign veteran kicker Mason Crosby to the team's practice squad, and more.

On Thursday, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and wide receiver Cooper Kupp met with the media and discussed the Ravens defense, Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson's growth as a player, and more.

Here are some of the highlights and key takeaways from those conversations:

"To have a veteran that has his experience, some of the success, some of the crunch time moments that he's had, and the unique opportunity to be able to bring somebody in on the practice squad and potentially flex them up, those are things that we felt like we wanted to be able to explore when you have 16 spots in the practice squad, and so that's what we're doing." – McVay

  • The Rams still want to continue to work with Lucas Havrisik, according to McVay, but the unique chance to be able to add someone of Crosby's experience was something they couldn't pass up.
  • Asked if Crosby could be flexed up from the practice squad as soon as this week, McVay said "there's a possibility of that."

"I've talked to him this week. He texted me and Coop (Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp) the other day. We've been chatting it up." – Stafford

  • Stafford has heard from Beckham this week ahead of Sunday's matchup. 
  • "I just know from being in the same locker room with him, in the huddle with him, how special of a player he is," Stafford said. "He's done some great stuff this year. He's moving around great right now."

"So you see grow from that standpoint, but you know, as far as the supposed to play it is exact same guy." – Donald

  • Jackson is the same player the Rams remember from 2019, but he has also developed in
  • Donald said Jackson is "taking care of himself a lot more" in terms of not taking hits and getting down when he's supposed to, and has also shown growth as a passer.

"There's not a there's not a weakness in this defense and it shows. They're getting the production out of this thing." – LaFleur

  • LaFleur has "a lot of respect" for what Baltimore defensive coordinator Mike MacDonald has done with his unit.
  • This will be LaFleur's second time going against a MacDonald-led Ravens defense, having also prepared for it as the Jets' offensive coordinator last season.

"It's always good when those things work out in your favor, but it's really a credit to the coaches. It's really a credit to the players to be able to go out there and play the right way and doing what's necessary to win." – Morris

  • Los Angeles' defense has held each of its last three opponents to under 20 points during the current 3-game win streak.
  • "It's pretty good when you can hold guys down, particularly with scoring being so high," Morris said.

"He's been consistent. He's weathered ups and downs." – Kupp

  • For Kupp, what's resonated the most about Puka Nacua's record-setting season is the way he's navigated the highs and lows of it. 
  • He's obviously a great football player, but coming in and being able weather the highs and the lows, which I think as a rookie can be tough, being able to keep your head up through some some tough stuff, he's done a great job of that," Kupp said.

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