With just two days remaining until the Rams meet Washington, Los Angeles held a non-padded practice at Cal Lutheran on Friday. The team will have one final walk-thru on Saturday before Sunday’s matchup at the Coliseum.
After practice the Rams released their official injury report with no major surprises. Once again, left tackle Andrew Whitworth and outside linebacker Connor Barwin participated fully in the afternoon session, as did safety Maurice Alexander. Whitworth and Barwin were given rest days on Wednesday, while Alexander had been held out with a shoulder injury.
Cornerback Kayvon Webster did return to the field on Friday, but was limited in his reps. Head coach Sean McVay listed Webster as “questionable” for Sunday’s contest. If he is unable to play, cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman is expected to get the start.
As for Washington, second-year wide receiver Josh Doctson was listed as questionable for the game. Doctson was limited in practice for the third consecutive day with a tight hamstring.
ROBEY-COLEMAN READY TO START IF NEEDED
After Webster went down with a shoulder injury in the Rams’ Week 1 contest against the Colts, Robey-Coleman took his place, playing through the majority of the second half. With Webster questionable this week, Robey-Coleman said he will be ready to play should his number be called.
“I’m excited, I can’t wait,” he said. “Can’t wait to be out there taking some reps with the first team. This is an opportunity for me to step up, make some big plays. Can’t wait to see what happens on Sunday.”
Though Robey-Coleman had mainly been used as a nickel corner throughout college and his time with the Bills, on Sunday he’ll be tasked with covering outside receivers.
“I feel comfortable on the outside. I’ve been playing on the outside since I got here, at the start of OTA’s, but been playing some inside and outside,” Robey-Coleman said. “So I’ve got a good feel for the scheme and the game plan. I can’t wait to get out there and start making plays and start seeing some things happen.”
And while he is excited for the opportunity to start this weekend, Robey-Coleman also recognized the challenges his team will face against Washington, noting the “good chemistry” between quarterback Kirk Cousins and his receiving corps. Robey-Coleman, along with the rest of the secondary, will play an important role in disrupting the timing.
“We have to start the game off physical as usual [and] jump out on top,” he said. “We have to get some plays going and stop them on third down. But the small details in our assignments will be the real key. It’s paying attention to those small details that they give us. When they try to throw the ball up top, we have to make them pay for it — capitalize off the good things they like to do.”
“I’ve been doing my homework,” he added. “There’s a tight end on our team, [Derek Carrier], that I’ve been getting some nice information from. I can’t wait to get out there and get out on the field to test it out.”
LaFLEUR READY FOR SUNDAY
On offense the Rams will look to build off of a strong start in Week 1. Offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur said Friday that he was happy with his unit’s performance against the Colts, specifically in its ability to “put a full game together.” And while he did credit Los Angeles’ defense for tacking on 16 of the team’s 46 points, LaFleur believed the offense still “communicated well and played pretty hard.”
This weekend, LaFleur and McVay will look to better integrate and utilize wide receiver Tavon Austin. Austin played 14 snaps last week — seven on offense and seven on special teams — but both coaches are expecting to involve the wide receiver as another way to attack Washington’s defense.
“If his number gets called, then we’re going to use him because he’s an explosive guy,” LaFleur said. “And, just in those plays that he was in, we had a bunch of explosives off of whether he was getting the ball or not.”
“Tavon is a guy that we want to continue to get more and more involved in this offense and, really, if [last week’s] game was a little bit different you would have seen him in there a lot more,” McVay said. “He’s a guy that’s a playmaker, both as a receiver and, like we’ve said, with the ball in his hands. So he’s a guy that you’ll continue to see get more work.”
“A lot of it was predicated on that he’s just returning from a hamstring injury and we’ve got a rotation of six receivers that are active on game day,” McVay added. “We feel really good about all those guys, the ability to rotate guys through, keep them fresh and that’s what you can expect to see.”
After practice McVay addressed the media to discuss whether or not he believes Washington head coach Jay Gruden will be able to pick up on some of his tendencies. Check out what he had to say below, and watch his full interview here.
On if he thinks that he has some tendencies that Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden may be able to pick up on: “Yeah, I think there’s a lot of things — Jay was a big part of shaping kind of the philosophy that we have and that I have as a play caller, so he’s got a great feel for kind of what we want to be able to do offensively and how we operate. We’re very similar in that manner, but he said it earlier in the week and I thought it was a great point is, you kind of have an idea, but you don’t know exactly when you’re going to do those types of things…Jay’s been such a great mentor to me that he certainly has a good feel for how we want to operate offensively, but you want to try to do a good job, put our guys in good situations on Sunday and hopefully let them execute.”