LA Rams secondary wants to set tone for training camp
By Bret Stuter
The LA Rams defense opened the 2020 training camp as the more accomplished unit. But after adding veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford, the team’s offense seemed to open the 2021 training camp a bit better. Has the pendulum swung back to favor the defense to open the LA Rams’ 2022 training camp?
Well, you might think that is the case if you have been keeping tabs on the Rams training camp so far. After all, the news that has been steadily coming out seems to have plenty of good news about the LA Rams secondary. Such as what? Well, this little cutpurse tactic by veteran cornerback Troy Hill for starters.
Okay, one data point is not a trend. So let’s mention the fact that rookie defensive back Derion Kendrick is showing up well so far. And there is the fact that defensive back Robert Rochell is looking good so far from head coach Sean McVay himself. And yet another pick by veteran Troy Hill would be the perfect cherry to top this secondary sundae, right? So let’s throw one of those in for good measure too.
The good news is that this LA Rams secondary, the only true defensive unit that can make a statement without pads on, is making a statement in training camp already. When the pads go on, you will likely hear from the other areas on the defense as well.
This should not be over-interpreted. While the defense is certainly making a share of the plays so far, the LA Rams offense is as well. And the better one unit plays, the more prepared the other units will be when the season opener rolls in.
The great news is that the names getting mentioned are Troy Hill, Robert Rochell, and Derion Kendrick, names that were not mentioned in the Rams’ secondary a year ago. In the end, that is the best news of all.