FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Rams were back on the field for the first time since last Saturday on Wednesday afternoon in Georgia, holding a long walk-thru session at the Falcons practice facility.
Los Angeles usually holds a walk-thru for the first practice day of the week. And even though the Rams are a long way from home for Super Bowl LIII, the only difference for Wednesday was that the club participated in individual drills for the first portion of the session.
Head coach Sean McVay told Pro Football Writers of America designated pool reporter Charean Williams it was good for both coaches and players to get back on the field.
“You almost get away from it for a couple days. And it’s good to sharpen yourself up, making sure that we’re tightening all the screws on the game plan,” McVay said. “I thought the players did a nice job just getting a little bit of a lather. And it was, really, a big emphasis on above-the-neck. And then tomorrow and Friday will be good to really finalize the week.”
While you can certainly tell this is the Falcons home, it’s been made to have a Rams feel — with signage at the indoor field and pictures in the cafeteria of moments from Los Angeles’ 2018 season.
“Yeah, they’ve done a great job. I really just think it’s been a first-class operation,” McVay said. “Since we got here in Atlanta, they’ve made us feel very welcomed. They’ve been great hosts — really, this city. And the facilities were set up and can’t ask for much more than that.”
Once music started playing from the speaker system, defensive lineman Michael Brockers — who was one of the first to enter the indoor field — proclaimed, “Now it’s starting to feel like home.”
As for the walk-thru itself, the Rams had two 25-minute periods on the field, with the offense working on one side and the defense on another against a scout team. Between those two periods, coordinator John Fassel led special teams drills in the middle of the field.
On the passes he threw in individual drills, quarterback Jared Goff looked sharp — with receivers making catches in rhythm. As usual, the feel on offense was up tempo, McVay wanting the club to maximize every moment.
Injury-wise, McVay said he expects both kicker Greg Zuerlein and safety Blake Countess to be good to go on Sunday.
“Greg Zuerlein was limited today, he kicked a little bit, he’s on track,” McVay said. “I think Blake will be OK with his foot and same thing with Greg. And, really, that’s all you can ask for this time of year to be as healthy as we are.”
Overall, McVay said that he felt L.A. got what it needed to out of Wednesday’s session in preparation for Sunday’s contest against New England.
“And I think, really, it’s good for me to be able to go back and kind of clean some things up and make sure that the players feel as comfortable and as confident as possible going into tomorrow and most importantly, Sunday.”