Some fans are questioning the need for a statement by LA Rams head coach Sean McVay regarding the status of quarterback Matthew Stafford. It was a statement made in response to a residual injury suffered during the 2021 season to his right elbow. He had an anti-inflammatory injection in his right elbow, his throwing elbow, and the team took the extra precaution of limiting his throws in OTAs.
But now, with training camp upon the team, the focus is not just upon Matthew Stafford’s elbow, but upon the entire receiving corps having the opportunity to work with and establish that quintessential rapport needed to ensure success between quarterback and receiver.
Last year, that chemistry was delayed as Stafford had to learn the LA Rams playbook. This year, the hope is that Stafford will get a jump working with receivers as he already knows the playbook, and must simply re-synch with the majority of his receivers.
It appears that there are no last-minute surprises in store. At least, for now.
The Rams knew that Stafford was limited. After his anti-inflammatory shot, The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue reported that the Rams starting quarterback wore an elbow brace to limit his range of motion as his joint healed.
While the quarterback returns to many familiar faces, he will want to re-establish the team’s offense once more, perhaps to even greater heights than that achieved in 2021.
The team has a new wide receiver on the roster, veteran Allen Robinson, who is a complementary skillset to that of primary target Cooper Kupp, and speedy third-year wide receiver Van Jefferson. Of course, they are just the starters, and a host of young wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs are all eager to work with the veteran quarterback.
Thanks to the news today, it appears that they will get their chance.