Highlights from Saturday’s Rams practice
By Rich Hammond
A brief look at the Rams’ training-camp practice on Saturday:
The Rams’ offense attempted plenty of deep passes in the first practice, but the flashiest moment came when quarterback Jared Goff stayed in the pocket and completed a short pass to reserve running back Malcolm Brown, who then evaded linebacker Alec Ogletree and ran for a 50-yard touchdown.
Running back Lance Dunbar, tight end Johnny Mundt and receiver Mike Thomas remain on the “physically unable to perform” list and did not practice.
Defensive backs Maurice Alexander and Lamarcus Joyner and tight end Cory Harkey were removed from the “non-football injury” list and did practice.
One surprise was the activity level of receiver Tavon Austin, who missed most of the Rams’ offseason program after he underwent wrist surgery. Austin participated in most of Saturday’s camp work.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I hurt my quad in the offseason, so I’ve been rehabbing in my time off. I’m ready to play some DB for us now.”
— Rams coach Sean McVay, who participated in some warmup drills and covered Rams receivers.
The Rams didn’t make any significant moves from what they showed during OTA practices in May and June. Ethan Westbrooks took most of the first-team reps usually
Not surprisingly, Goff took the first-team reps with the Rams’ offseason. McVay described Goff’s day as “some good and some bad,” as Goff completed some tough passes but also overthrew some receivers.
“It was up and down,” Goff said. “I felt OK. I had some good throws and bad throws. A little adrenaline, overthrowing guys by a couple yards, but otherwise it was good. The timing was probably a little bit off on a couple things, but I thought it was a good first day.”