The Los Angeles Rams have finished OTA’s and won’t be back on the field until the beginning of training camp. OTA’s are the first opportunity for players to make their cases to coaches for a spot on the roster. Here are a few players who increased their stock and others whose stock dropped.
According to several reports, Gerald Everett had a fantastic OTA’s and really showed out. ESPN’s Lindsay Thiry said, “Everett was a clear standout as a target for quarterback Jared Goff.” The Rams team website also listed Everett as a standout during OTA’s, “It seemed like every day throughout OTAs, tight end Gerald Everett made an impressive catch…If his performance during OTAs is any indication, Everett should be able to take a big step and meet those higher standards in 2019.”
The third-year tight end enters a crucial season in which he is a potential breakout candidate. Hopefully, he keeps this up in training camp and into the season.
RB John Kelly
John Kelly’s chances of making the roster seem slimmer that some might think them to be. The Rams drafted Darrell Henderson out of Memphis in the third round which could likely spell the end for Kelly.
Henderson is a change-of-pace, receiving back that McVay coveted which is exactly what Kelly does, but Henderson does it better. The second-year back out of Tennessee had a good preseason last year and he will need to really step up if he wants to make the roster.
NT Sebastian Joseph-Day
Sebastian Joseph-Day has been talked a lot about in training camp. He came into OTA’s in great shape which has translated to the field. The 2018 sixth-round pick wasn’t active for a single game last season, but with no experience at the nose tackle position at the roster, he will have a chance to earn the starting role.
The Rams drafted Greg Gaines out of Washington in the draft, but if Joseph-Day continues what he showed in OTA’s, it will be hard for Wade Phillips not to play the second-year player.
RB Todd Gurley
Another running back here, but it’s impossible not to insert Gurley, especially after Gurley’s trainer confirming arthritis in his knee. Just how much will that affect the Rams running back and the team’s plan in the run game?
Over the past two seasons, Gurley has rushed for a combined 2,556 yards and scored 40 touchdowns. It’s hard to see him reaching that production going forward into this year.
WR Cooper Kupp
Similarly, how it’s strange to put Todd Gurley in the stock down, it’s weird putting Kupp in the stock up – and it’s not because he doesn’t belong there. When it comes to Kupp, he has been on the Rams most consistent receivers over the past two seasons.
McVay confirmed during OTA’s that Kupp is on course to play week one against the Carolina Panthers. The Rams will need him as the Panthers won’t be an easy opponent coming out of the gates.