Taylor Rapp Returns/ Henderson doesn’t
For the first few weeks of camp Rams star safety Taylor Rapp has been sidelined with what Sean McVay calls “A little knee injury”. Rapp participated in the early portions of the drills yesterday as he positions himself to be ready for the week one opener; something the Rams say they think will happen.
Darrell Henderson has not been so lucky, his hamstring injury is still lingering a week after it happened so he is likely to miss the scrimmage and lose valuable repetitions. The arrow for Cam Akers for real life production and fantasy excellence is pointing sky high. Also, if Henderson misses time it opens up a door for one of John Kelly or Xavier Jones to make the team.
Rams Cuts loom
With the season opener two weeks away, the Rams are gearing up to cut a lot of the roster. One week from today the team will be cut from 80 to 53 men. That leaves 27 people fighting for a chance to stay on the extended practice squad. In position battles between young players and undrafted rookies, the two things that determines your worth in the biggest way are your work ethic and your live repetitions in camp. Because there is no pre-season for the Rams young guns to get their work in, today’s scrimmage will be the biggest “Game” of some of these players lives.
What to watch for during the scrimmage
The kicking competition figures to be at a fever pitch when the teams take the field at SoFi today, Lirim Hajrullahu is seemingly the leader to win the job right now, but Sam Sloman or Austin MacGinnis still have a shot to out-kick the former CFL star.
Staying with special teams, Nsimba Webster seems to have locked up at least one of the returner roles, it will be interesting to see who is taking snaps at those positions other than Webster. Earnest Edwards has the dynamic ability to score from any point on the field during a return. It would be nice to see him and Webster each have a return man role come week one.
The last offensive line spot is also seemingly up for grabs. With Andrew Whitworth, Joseph Noteboom, Austin Blythe, Austin Corbett, and Rob Havenstein looking like the starting offensive line, that leaves three spots open on game-day. Bobby Evans and David Edwards appear set to hold down the backup guard and tackle spots, but who will be the swing role?
Brian Allen, Coleman Shelton, Cohl Cabral and Jeremiah Kolone all have experience backing up the center position and that gives them an advantage. But don’t rule out Tremayne Anchrum. The young man has more than held his own, and if it weren’t for a couple mental mistakes he would probably already be assured of a job.
SoFi Stadium says no fans at Rams and Chargers games for the time being
Stan Kroenke refused to commit to a timeline on when or if any fans will be allowed at the brand new stadium during this upcoming football season. What we can expect is the home opener to definitely have zero fans in attendance and the rest of the games will have a wait-and-see approach. Most expect there to be no fans at any games this year, but there is still hope!
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