Friday, August 25, 2017

Los Angeles Rams, First Day Back at Cal Lutheran, Kevin Hart, Scott Eastwood, Los Angeles Rams Weekly, Rams Sign DT Tyrunn Walker, DB Tyquwan Glass, OLB Willie Mays, Gameday at the Coliseum vs. The Chargers

Last week's game was great. This week we have to play the Chargers in LA at the Coliseum.
How To Guide: Gameday at the Coliseum
I am just not sure how I feel about having actors and entertainers on the practice field this week. I honestly do not get why that was needed and trust me in saying that I like to know what Kevin Hart is up to in life. We put out the I'm A Grown Little Man album. Besides him being an Eagle fan. Scott Eastwood was on the field too. Maybe they are in a new film together and this was some type of as promotion otherwise, it is pretty random and again, pretty unnecessary. Its not like the team needs a morale boost. All this will do is detract from the goal. It is fine though now that it's done. But let's get on with the work at hand.

Regardless, we will see how it affects the game play this week vs. the Chargers, the team that we have to share the stadium with in LA. See below to see how to watch that game and to also get all of the information about heading to game at the Coliseum tomorrow night.
Practice Report: Special Visitors Stop by Ahead of Week 3





"Man Hekk, I really look up to you!"
-Kevin Hart
Thanks to the legend @KevinHart4real for coming by work today. The guy can grind.
The Rams wrapped up a non-padded practice on Thursday morning as the team gears up for Week 3 of the preseason. Today’s session was the Rams last before they kick off at the Coliseum on Saturday night.

A LIGHT-HARTED PRACTICE 

Thursday’s practice saw the addition of two extra “players” on the field, when comedian Kevin Hart and actor Scott Eastwood stopped by to join in on the workout. 

While having Hart and Eastwood on field two days before a gameday may have seemed like a distraction to some coaches, Rams head coach Sean McVay said their presence did not affect the “team’s ability to get what we wanted” out of the day. Plus, the duo added some energy. 

“We all know what a great entertainer he is, so it was fun to have those guys around,” McVay said. “It ended up being a positive thing for us...it also loosened things up a bit in the environment. It’s always good to remember that while we want to be structured and we’re always mindful of that, you can still have fun.” 

Hart and Eastwood made their rounds in the early portions of practice, participating in every position group’s individual drills, from the wide receivers to the defensive linemen. Hart also spent some time attempting to field punts and finished up practice racing wide receiver K.D. Cannon in a 40-yard dash. Unfortunately for the comedian, he could not catch any of the punts, nor could he beat Cannon in the race. 

And while Hart and Eastwood may not have been the best football players out on field today, running back Todd Gurley said he hopes having them at practice will open everyone’s eyes to the difficulties of playing the game.

“If I ever see him on Twitter talking stuff about a football player — he can’t even catch a punt,” Gurley said with a laugh. “So, he definitely can’t say anything else about a football player.”

“It works both ways. You let us do our job and we’ll let you do your job,” he added. “But, it was pretty cool just having him out there, funny — one of the funniest guys in the game right now. We were all excited to have him out there, for sure.”

WHO WILL WE SEE ON SATURDAY?
The easier question to answer may be who won’t we see on Saturday?
Cornerback Kayvon Webster and linebacker Robert Quinn returned to the field for Thursday’s session, but their status has not been determined for this week’s game. McVay said he will meet with Director of Sports Science and Performance Reggie Scott later on Thursday to decide on whether or not both defensive starters will play in their first preseason game of the season. 

In Tuesday’s press conference, McVay said linebacker Mark Barron will not participate on Saturday and on Thursday he confirmed cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman will also be held out of Week 3. 

Wide receiver Cooper Kuppis another player who will be sidelined for this weekend’s matchup against the Chargers. Though the young receiver has shined in his first two preseason games, he “had a little tweak” this week in his groin that will keep him out. 

“We’re going to be smart with Cooper, so we’re going to hold him out this week,” McVay said after practice, adding Kupp has gotten a lot of work in the first two exhibitions. “At the risk of potentially setting him back a couple weeks, being mindful of especially that receiver position, we’re going to take the smart road with him.”

GURLEY TALKS PRESEASON

After practice Gurley addressed the media to discuss his thoughts on the preseason as a whole. Last year, the running back totaled just four carries in the entire preseason. However, Gurley has seen an increased workload this time around, rushing for 38 yards and a touchdown in eight carries last Saturday alone. 

“It’s been going pretty good,” Gurley said. “Obviously got a chance to play in the first two games. Last game we came back as an offense and were able to score two touchdowns. It was just about going out there and improving each day and every game….It’s just fun seeing guys out there making plays and everybody having fun.”

This weekend will likely be the last time Gurley will play in preseason action, as the majority of starters are expected to be held out in Week 4. In his absence, running backs like Justin Davis and Aaron Green are expected to carry the bulk of the load. After practice Gurley was asked about his relationship with the rest of the running backs group, and the Georgia product emphasized the open communication between them. 

“If I don’t do something right and they see it, I expect them to tell me and vice versa, just communicate and help each other out,” he said. “If I see a look in the game and obviously when you’re running the ball, you don’t see things that people on the sidelines see. So, just go to those guys and help those guys out.

Rams Sign DT Tyrunn Walker
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A few days before taking on the Chargers, the Rams have signed defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker.

Entering his sixth year in the NFL, Walker was originally signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Tulsa. He spent the first three years of his career with New Orleans, where he recorded his 3.5 career sacks.

Walker spent 2015 and 2016 with the Lions, where he was mainly used as a rotational player. He started eight games in 2016, including the Oct. 16 contest against the Rams. The previous year, Walker played the first four games of the season before a broken leg landed him on injured reserve.

The Rams had previously signed Walker in March, but released him in mid-June. He projects as a rotational player for Los Angeles.


As a corresponding roster move, the Rams have waived defensive tackle A.J. Jefferson.

Rams Sign DB Tyquwan Glass, OLB Willie Mays
As the Rams prepare to open up Week 3 of the preseason against the Chargers on Saturday, the team has made several roster moves — signing defensive back Tyquwan Glass and outside linebacker Willie Mays. This addition comes four days after the team signed outside linebacker Davis Tull and cornerback Carlos Davis, boosting the Rams' depth on defense.

Glass went undrafted out of Fresno State but was invited to the Texans mini camp in early May, before joining the Buccaneers for a brief time this summer. In college, the cornerback totaled 119 tackles, 21 pass deflections, one forced fumble and six interceptions through two starting seasons at Fresno State. Before that, Glass earned All-South Coast Conference honors as a defensive back at Mt. San Antonio Junior College.

Mays spent some time with the Packers early this summer after going undrafted out of Tiffin University in Ohio. In his last season at Tiffin, the linebacker recorded 50 total tackles, 28 solo, and six and a half sacks with 14.5 tackles for loss.


In corresponding moves, the Rams also waived DE Caushaud Lyons and RB De'Mard Llorens.

First Day Back at Cal Lutheran

The Rams were back on field on Monday afternoon, practicing in a non-padded session at Cal Lutheran. The team had worked out of UC Irvine since late July for training camp, but has now shifted practices to its football headquarters for the rest of the season. 

After a day off, head coach Sean McVay said practice focused on situations, which was designed to keep the liveliness of practice high. And even though it was their first practice back at the facility and the team was just in shells, McVay said he thought “the energy, the focus and the concentration was excellent.” 

INJURY REPORT 
After sitting out Saturday’s game, many members of the Rams’ defense were back for practice on Monday. Linebackers Mark Barron and Robert Quinn, as well as cornerbacks Kayvon Webster and Nickell Robey-Coleman, all returned to the field. 

Quinn has been limited throughout much of training camp and has been held out of the first two preseason games. McVay said a lot of the reasoning behind Quinn’s restricted reps was “preventative” in nature. And though he practiced on Monday, McVay and his staff have yet to decide whether Quinn will play on Saturday against the Chargers. 

“We’ve got some different guys, where Robert’s one of our more veteran players, on a maintenance program,” McVay said of holding Quinn out. “He obviously had the hand thing in the offseason program, so being mindful of just getting him back and being smart about how we approach the season and him being at his best September 10th is really the key for us.”

“If we feel like getting him out there with his teammates is going to be worth it, then we’ll end up doing that. But we’re going to do what’s best for Robert and then for our team, being mindful of that date with the Colts.”

WATKINS ADJUSTING TO RAMS’ OFFENSE
The newest addition to the Rams’ offense, wide receiver Sammy Watkins, caughta pair of passes in his debut on Saturday and is expected to see more game action against the Chargers.

During training camp, Watkins said it would take him “about a week and a half” to fully master the Rams’ playbook. After 10 days on the roster, McVay said Watkins “has fit in great with the team” thus far, calling him “a good, natural football player.”

“I thought he made a couple key plays, that third down was a big time play even though it’s a four or five-yard gain, but it moves the chains,” McVay said Monday. “The first play of 7-on-7, he makes a big play down the field today.” 

“I think you’ll continue to see him get more comfortable and that’ll enable him to be able to play faster where he’s not really thinking and then you can just kind of let your talent show and be the best version of yourself.”

OFFENSIVE LINE AIMS FOR CONSISTENCY 
It is no secret the Rams’ offense struggled to protect quarterback Jared Goff in 2016, as he was sacked 26 times in just seven games. 

Coming into 2017, the Rams made a pointed effort to reinvigorate the offensive line, bringing in veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan, along with a new offensive line coach in Aaron Kromer. And after an entire training camp and two preseason games, there has been a lot of noticeable improvement from the position group as a whole.

Left guard Rodger Saffold, who is now entering his eighth season as a Ram, said Monday the new additions to the line have provided the team with a heightened level of chemistry and focus.  

“To have some of those veteran guys to help out on both sides… Whit and Sully those are two guys who make it a lot easier to be able to see things, and we’re able to adjust off of each other, so it’s getting better and better,” Saffold said of the line’s progress. “I think that Jamon Brown and Rob Havenstein are both getting really good at doing their roles and they are starting to perfect their technique, which is going to do nothing but help us come September 10th.”

The veteran guard also touched on the major differences in this season’s outlook, stressing the added accountability placed on the line under Kromer and McVay. 

“We’re constantly challenged,” he said. “And I think that’s what has allowed the level of play to step up in the right direction. We’re seeing guys making giant strides that we didn’t see last year.”

PRESS POINTS 
A bit of the media attention following today’s practice was focused on something other than the field — the solar eclipse. On Sunday, McVay said he didn’t know too much about the eclipse and was asked again on Monday whether or not he had watched it. Check out what he had to say below:

On whether or not he watched the solar eclipse today: “I did not. I saw a good couple jabs that people took at me about that with the shades coming down on me.”


On if any of the players watched the eclipse: “They did. A lot of the guys were talking about it today. It was something that you heard guys frequently discussing. I was just holed up in the office with no window and I didn’t see it.”

How to Watch This Week's game: 
The Rams will be back home at the Coliseum for Week 3 of the preseason, taking on the Chargers on Saturday at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS. Below is the full broadcast informations for the preseason game. 

 BROADCAST INFO
 •    TELEVISION: CBS available nationally across the United States (Play-by-play provided by: Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts. Sideline Reporting from: Evan Washburn).

   •    RADIO:  ESPN 710 AM, 100.3 The Sound FM (Play-by-play provided by: J.B. Long, Maurice Jones-Drew and D’Marco Farr). Tune into 1330 AM for ESPN Deportes' live Spanish broadcast of the game with Troy Santiago and Ricardo Lopez on the call

    •    SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow the Rams on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat for live updates and behind-the-scenes content before, during, and after the game.

    •    ONLINE: Since the game is being nationally televised it will not be available via NFL Game Pass*. However, fans will still be able to watch other live out-of-market preseason games, replays of every game, the NFL Films Archive by signing up for FREE 7-day trial.


* For domestic subscribers NFL Game Pass does not include live regular season, playoff, or Super Bowl game broadcasts, as well as some preseason games broadcasts. Access to these games is available within NFL Game Pass on an on-demand basis in the NFL Game Pass archives. International subscribers are able to watch both preseason and regular season games as they happen with certain restrictions. Audio feeds may be subject to availability. 2009-2011 games are temporarily unavailable. For a full description of features, requirement, limitations, and other information, visit our FAQ at NFL.com/help/GamePass.

How To Guide: Gameday at the Coliseum

The Rams return to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for Week 3 of preseason action on Saturday night against the Chargers. And whether you are new to NFL game days or a seasoned veteran, going to a Rams’ game may take some pre-planning in order to maximize your experience as a whole. 

Check below for the information you’ll need to know to have your best Rams gameday experience at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum:

NFL BAG POLICY
Bag Policy:
To continue improving safety measures for all fans, the Coliseum has implemented a policy liiting the size and type of bags permitted in the stadium. The stadium prohibits bags, backpacks and other containers from entering the venue, with the following exceptions:

- One bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and does not exceed 12” by 6” x 12”

- A one-gallon clear plastic storage bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

- In addition to one of the clear bags noted above, guests may also carry in a small clutch bag or purse approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap.



- An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.

To find out more about the NFL bag policy please visit http://www.nfl.com/allclear.

WHERE TO PARK
    •    Parking is available inside the USC Campus and around Exposition Park by permit only. There is no public parking in Exposition Park. Additional overflow parking is available on the USC Campus and Parking Center. 
Remember, drivers may only make right turns onto streets around the stadium and USC to enter the lots.

      •    Limited cash parking will be available at select locations. But due to limited parking, fans are encouraged to take public transportation via the following Metro stations: Expo Park/USC, Expo/Vermont, and 37th St/USC.

For more information on where to park and parking policies click here.

WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?
Parking lots open at the Coliseum (5) hours prior to each Rams' game and close (90) minutes after the game ends.

TAILGATING
There is no tailgating allowed on the USC Campus or USC Campus Parking Facilities. However, tailgating is permitted in designated Exposition Park lots (Lot 2, Lot 4, Lot 5, Lot 6, South Lawn and State Dr.) Visit the Rams official tailgating destinations located outside of the stadium:

ALL NEW: The Rams Party Zone is located inside gate 28 on the Peristyle end of the Coliseum. The new Rams Party Zone offers a full bar, premium food and wine options, an up-scale lounge setting, and plenty of TVs to catch all of the other action around the league.

Corona Beach House at Gate 1 opens three hours prior to kickoff and offers premium beverage options and the chance to watch NFL RedZone.

Vivid Seats VIP Tailgate is now located in the Wallis Annenberg building on campus. You can enjoy premium food and drink, a live D.J., big screen TVs, and more! Cick here to buy your tickets.

IMPORTANT COLISEUM INFORMATION 
    •    Ticket Sales and Will Call opens: 4 hours before kickoff

    •    Will Call closes: After halftime

    •    Gates Open: 2 hours to kickoff

    •    Rams' Party Zone Opens in Christmas Tree Lane: 3 hours to kickoff

    •    Corona Beach House (Gate 1) & the new Rams Party Zone (Gate 28) Open: 3 hours to kickoff

    •    Alcohol Sales End: End of 3rd Quarter


For full details on gamedays at the Coliseum go to therams.com/gameday
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