According to a recent report, the Los Angeles Rams are expected to hold joint practices with the Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders during training camp.
After coming up short the way they did in Super Bowl 53 against the New England Patriots by failing to record a single touchdown, the Los Angeles Rams should be motivated more than ever heading into the 2019 season.
Around this time last year, expectations were rightfully high for the Rams coming off a surprise season in 2017 in which they ended up winning the NFC West before falling to the Atlanta Falcons right away during Wild Card Weekend.
Clearly, Los Angeles learned from their mistakes this past season by using what took place the year before as motivation, and earned a trip to the Super Bowl last February, but unfortunately the team came up short when it mattered the most.
To top things off, the Rams are facing all sorts of pressure heading into 2019 since there’s some uncertainty surrounding Todd Gurley‘s knee now that the Pro Bowler is dealing with arthritis, but hopefully this results in a non-issue for the offense.
Before Los Angeles and the rest of the teams know it, training camp will officially be underway towards the end of July before what should be some exciting preseason action the following month.
From a fan perspective, training camp is always a blast to watch get underway since it can be fun to watch certain players battle it out for jobs at different positions. And as far as this year’s training camp is concerned, it looks like the Rams are going to take things to an extra level by teaming up with a few nearby faces.
While the practice with the Oakland Raiders will most likely come early on since this happens to be their first preseason matchup, the other meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers will be easier to plan since the two teams play in the same city.
Of course, with the Rams heading to Hawaii for their second preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys, it doesn’t seem like a stretch to assume the joint practices with the Chargers will take place during the final two weeks.
This may not seem like that big of a deal at this point in the offseason, but also some early competition against two teams expected to be contenders in the AFC could help bring out the best in the Rams during training camp.
After the Chargers finally managed to live up to the hype for a change last season before going on to earn a Wild Card spot, the Raiders have been considered one of the big winners from this offseason, highlighted by the acquisition of Antonio Brown.
To be the best, teams must challenge the best, and putting in work against teams like the Chargers or Raiders can only help the Rams chances to earn a trip to the playoffs for a third year in a row during the 2019 season.
Nothing is set in stone at the moment, but just the fact that this is being discussed should put a smile on the face of Rams fans since it will only add extra excitement to what should be another fun training camp under Sean McVay.