THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Rams head coach Sean McVay and quarterback Matthew Stafford each held press conferences with local media Thursday, discussing injury updates, their initial impressions of the Bengals and more.
On Friday, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and offensive coordinator Mike LaFLeur held press conferences with local media, discussing what they've seen from running back Kyren Williams, the status of Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, and more.
Here are some of the highlights and key takeaways from those conversations:
"Puka took part in the walkthrough. We'll be smart with him, keep him out of practice today." – McVay
- In a precautionary move, wide receiver Puka Nacua did not participate in Thursday's practice.
- The Rams also took the same approach with offensive lineman Brian Allen (illness) and defensive back Cobie Durant (groin), both of whom did not practice. Offensive lineman Joe Noteboom (shoulder) and defensive end Jonah Williams (back) were limited, but McVay said he doesn't expect any of those players' injuries to affect their game status for Monday night.
"I think the biggest thing for me is playing physical." – Stafford
- Stafford's main takeaway on how the offensive line has played through the first two weeks is the physicality they've played with.
- "Our guys have done a hell of a job just playing really physical, straining a little bit longer and yeah, they might get beat on an inside move or something but just being able to push them by me and not taking a full helmet to the chest shot on something is huge for me," Stafford said.
"(I remember) we won." – Donald
- Donald was quick and concise when sharing what he remembers from Super Bowl LVI against the Bengals.
- As far as specific plays go, Donald brought up his pressure on Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow on 4th and 1 that secured the victory.
"(Kobie Turner is) super smart, super intelligent. Not that most of the guys are not, but he's able to apply it on the field with the intelligence. It's a big difference." – Morris
- Morris has been impressed with Turner's football IQ shown early on this season.
- "When the picture changes in front of him, he knows how to picture changes behind them, and all those things are really important," Morris said, referring to Turner knowing what's happening on the second and third levels of the defense behind him based on what's going on in front of him.
"I don't think he's scratched the surface yet of what he's going to be capable of doing." – LaFleur
- LaFleur praised running back Kyren Williams for his understanding of the game – not only his vision in the run game, but also the intent of the plays, the intent and responsibilities of the offensive line, and pass protection.
- "When you're willing to put in the work and already talented, that's what shows," LaFleur said.