Los Angeles Rams: Going Inside 2019 Training Camp

The Los Angeles Rams were looking to win their first Super Bowl title since 2001 when they were known as the St. Louis Rams. Los Angeles finished the regular season with a 13-3 record. They were the number two seed in the NFC because they lost to the New Orleans Saints in the regular season, who also finished with a 13-3 record.

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The Rams got them back in the NFC Championship Game and many people know they should not have. Los Angeles’s offense was stymied in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots and they lost the game 13-3. The Los Angeles Rams will have unfinished business to take care of this season.

Head Coach Sean McVay will be entering his third season with this team and a lot of his assistants are getting hired for other head coaching jobs around the NFL.  McVay’s record during the regular season in his first two seasons as head coach with the Rams is 24-8. They have the NFC West both seasons. It is going to be interesting to see whether the San Francisco 49ers or the Seattle Seahawks can challenge them.

Jared Goff has succeeded in his first two seasons with McVay and he will be the starting quarterback again this season. Blake Bortles will most likely be the backup quarterback for this team after he was released from the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason.

Brandon Allen and John Wolford will compete for the third quarterback spot on the roster.

Todd Gurley will be the starting running back, but they need to watch it because Gurley could have some more knee problems heading into this season. Bryce Brown is listed as the second running back on the depth chart, but rookie Darrell Henderson could make a ton of noise during training camp. He could be featured as the three-down back if Todd Gurley faces injury issues.

Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Brandin Cooks will be the starting wide receivers on the roster. Josh Reynolds will be the fourth receiver on the roster. Jojo Natson, KhaDarel Hodge, Mike Thomas, rookie Jalen Greene, and Austin Proehl will compete for the final two wide receiver spots on the roster.

Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee will be the top two tight ends on the roster. Johnny Mundt and rookies Kendall Blanton and Keenen Brown will compete for the third tight end spot on the roster.

The Los Angeles Rams offensive line may not be as strong this season. They lost offensive guard Rodger Saffold to the Tennessee Titans in the offseason.

The projected starting offensive line for right now is left tackle Andrew Whitworth, left guard Joseph Noteboom, center Brian Allen, right guard Austin Blythe, and right tackle Rob Havenstein. Some guys that will be competing for spots on the roster are rookies Bobby Evans and David Edwards, Aaron Neary, Jeremiah Kolone, and Jamil Demby.

Los Angeles plays a 3-4 defensive scheme. Wade Phillips is a tremendous defensive coordinator. Michael Brockers, Tanzel Smart, and Aaron Donald will be the starting defensive line. Donald is a monster on the defensive line and he won the Defensive Player of the Year last season once again. Aaron Donald was two sacks shy of tying former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan‘s record of 22.5 sacks back in 2001.

Veterans John Franklin-Myers, Sebastian Joseph-Day, and Morgan Fox will compete for roster spots on the defensive line along with rookies Greg Gaines, Bryant Jones, Marquise Copeland, and Boogie Roberts.

Dante Fowler Jr. and Samson Ebukam will be the starting outside linebackers. Trevon Young and Justin Lawler will most likely be the backup outside linebackers.

Cory Littleton and Clay Matthews will be the starting inside linebackers. Micah Kiser will most likely be one of the backups at inside linebacker on the roster. Rookies Dakota Allen, Natrez Patrick, and Troy Reeder will compete for the other spot.

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Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib will be the starting cornerbacks on the roster. Nickel Robey-Coleman will be the third cornerback on the roster. Donte Deayon, Troy Hill, and rookie David Long will compete for the final two spots on the roster.

Eric Weddle and John Johnson will be the starting safeties. Weddle was released by the Baltimore Ravens in the offseason and he a signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams.

Travin Howard and rookie Taylor Rapp will most likely be the backup safeties.

Johnny Hekker will be the punter, Greg Zuerlein will be the kicker, Jake McQuaide will be the long snapper, and JoJo Natson will be the primary kickoff and punt returner.

The Los Angeles Rams will not begin training camp until Saturday, July 27. Then their first preseason game will be on Saturday, August 10 against the Oakland Raiders on the road. Finally, they will open the season on the road on Sunday, September 8 against the Carolina Panthers.

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