Over the last 5 months, Allen Robinson and different new or younger Rams receivers labored to construct rapport with quarterback Matthew Stafford.
There have been a number of hurdles.
Due to tendinitis in his proper elbow, Stafford didn’t throw passes throughout offseason exercises or minicamp. In coaching camp at UC Irvine, coaches and trainers restricted Stafford’s workload. Plus, coach Sean McVay holds Stafford and different key gamers out of preseason video games.
Joint practices with the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday and Thursday in Cincinnati would be the first time Robinson will work with Stafford in opposition to an opponent aside from Rams’ defensive backs.
“To actually be out there and have the opportunity to run through some of that stuff will be fun,” Robinson stated Monday after apply.
Robinson, a ninth-year professional, was signed by the Rams to begin alongside star Cooper Kupp and third-year professional Van Jefferson.
Jefferson had knee surgical procedure this month and isn’t anticipated to be out there for the Sept. 8 opener in opposition to the Buffalo Payments at SoFi Stadium. Which means Ben Skowronek, Tutu Atwell, Jacob Harris, Brandon Powell and, presumably, undrafted free agent Lance McCutcheon should assist fill the void.
Robinson, who has eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving in a season 3 times, went via joint practices when he performed for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears.
Practices with the Bengals will afford Robinson alternatives to broaden his understanding of the Rams’ offense — and react to a unique protection.
“Just continuing to try and learn and figure out and fine-tune some of the nuances … and some of the intricacies within certain things that we’re doing,” he stated.
The objective is for Stafford and Robinson to ascertain “good rapport,” McVay stated.
“Being able to establish their communication, their connection,” McVay stated, including, “sometimes, the best things that can occur are, ‘all right, stay within the structure of what we’re trying to get done, but where they put their own ownership on it.’ ”
McVay pointed to the communication and success that Stafford and Kupp have achieved. Final season, Kupp led the NFL in catches, yards receiving and landing catches. He was voted the league’s offensive participant of the yr.
Stafford’s capability to attach with receivers and “see it through their lens” will assist Robinson within the practices in opposition to the Bengals, McVay stated.
“That communication between those two guys and that experience will help hone it in so we that we can be as sharp as possible,” for the season opener in opposition to the Payments, McVay stated.
The standing of different starters for the joint practices will probably be decided within the subsequent two days.
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey and inside linebacker Ernest Jones didn’t apply Monday due to what McVay described as “a stomach bug.” Offensive lineman Coleman Shelton didn’t take part due to a “lower extremity” concern, in accordance with McVay.
Working backs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson remained out due to what McVay has described as soft-tissue accidents.
“Those guys want to be out here,” McVay stated. “We want them out there and they need to be able to get out there and get the work, but not at the expense of setting themselves back even further.
“It truly is kind of a day-to-day thing with them.”
Rookie Kyren Williams has been taking first-team reps instead of Akers and Henderson.
“When you’re around guys like Cooper Kupp, Matthew Stafford and Allen Robinson, you don’t want to mess up,” stated Williams, a fifth-round draft decide from Notre Dame. “They rarely mess up, so when you do, it’s evident. … So, it keeps me on my toes to make sure I’m doing everything right.”
Williams started coaching camp on the bodily unable to carry out record whereas recovering from foot surgical procedure. He was activated close to the top of coaching camp however has not performed in a preseason sport.
Williams will take part in practices in opposition to the Bengals and can play within the ultimate preseason sport between the groups Saturday, McVay stated.
“Every single day of practice to me is like a game,” Williams stated. “I’m staying locked in in all phases. … So when my number’s called, I’m ready to go on there with no drop off.
“Come Saturday I hope to get in there and just be me.”