LA Rams: Tutu Atwell, Trishton Jackson, Jacob Harris and more McVay mentions

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Better safe and unstylish than sorry

You can pretty much look for those Guardian Caps to become a staple of the LA Rams Training Camp of the future. And of course, that all makes sense. How foolish would it be to lose the prize of the 2021 offseason to a broken thumb in training camp before the pads go on?  So the Rams are going to act quickly to improve the training conditions to prevent injuries of that type.

At the 1:15 mark, The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue asked about rookie wide receiver Ben Skowronek working with the trainer on the sidelines, to which Sean McVay replied:

"“He’s felt a little bit (tight) in his hamstring, Jourdan (Rodrigue). So we’re just kind of monitoring him (Ben Skowronek). Seeing how he feels, and hopefully progressing him back sooner rather than later. But, it’s that hamstring that is bothering him.” – Sean McVay per press conference video (see slide 1)"

We’ll focus on the wide receiver group as a whole in a soon-to-come article.

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In the meantime, the impact of this development upon Skowronek’s first NFL season is clearly now up for debate. But I tend to lean towards the belief that a hamstring now will remain a nagging problem that will most certainly hamper Skowronek’s opportunity to carve out a meaningful role this year. That’s a shame too because Skowronek was delivering those tough contested catches just as his draft profile suggested he could. Strong hands will be a solid resource for a team looking to add scores in the red zone.

Afterward, McVay talked about other players stepping up with the veterans out on a rest day.

He then turned his attention to the receiving group as a whole.  He mentioned the fact that both Johnny Mundt and Jacob Harris stepped up with veteran tight end Tyler Higbee out on a rest day.  McVay further explained that he is looking for the key players (veterans who are expected to elevate their level of play when the leaders are off the field) to step up, players like Sebastian Joseph Day when Aaron Donald is off the field, or Justin Hollins when Leonard Floyd is off the field (you can read into that association as much as you want).