The Los Angeles Rams wrapped up the opening week of training camp on Sunday. It was a fun first week with fans able to cheer on the team for one of the first times in over a year. Training camp is a time for players to show what they’re capable of and make their place on the roster. Here are the three biggest risers after the opening week of training camp.
S Terrell Burgess
The Rams are going to need their young safeties to step up to replace John Johnson III. There is a lot of inexperience in that group, but the Rams have the coaching staff that can get them ready. Last week, according to reports, Burgess had a really strong week.
Terrell Burgess having a great day today. Had a pick-six during team drills earlier, just now had a pass breakup on a Matthew Stafford pass over the middle intended for DeSean Jackson.
— Stu Jackson (@StuJRams) July 28, 2021
Burgess was flying all over the field, showcasing his skills that fans only saw glimpses of last season because of injuries. According to The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue, “Burgess is coming off a season-ending ankle injury suffered in his rookie year, and looks back to 100 percent.”
The second year safety is going to play a large role on the Rams defense. By all indications he’s started camp off very strong which bodes well for his sophomore season.
WR DeSean Jackson
A lot of fans weren’t necessarily thrilled when the Los Angeles Rams signed DeSean Jackson. That’s not to say that they were unhappy with the signing or even disappointed. However, it wasn’t a signing that necessarily got them excited. Throughout the first week of training camp, those thoughts might have done a complete 180.
— Vincent Delgado (@Vincent7597) July 28, 2021
Plays like this are going to get Rams fans excited about what’s to come. Yes, it looks like there’s a little bit of a coverage bust in what looks like the second team secondary. However, Jackson certainly looks like he still has his speed. That speed is something that the Rams are going to need this season.
Jackson is a veteran of the receiver group and could be the leader when it comes to the Rams’ cluster of third wide receivers. That’s a group that includes Van Jefferson and TuTu Atwell. If Jackson can stay healthy, we should be able to expect play similar to that one.
QB Matthew Stafford
Could Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford rise any higher than he already was? It may not have seemed possible, but that’s exactly what’s happened. No, Stafford has not been perfect which can be noted by his pick-six in red zone to Jalen Ramsey. However, it should also be noted that the player was Jalen Ramsey. One last note – Stafford bounced back the very next play after a bobbled snap to throw a touchdown to Cooper Kupp.
Rams fans are getting to see first-hand and up-close what Stafford brings to the table. His ability to move on after a negative play is just one of them. Several times throughout camp, Stafford has pulled out his “no-look” passes out of his bag of tricks.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) August 1, 2021
There are only a handful of quarterbacks that are capable of doing that one of them plays for the Los Angeles Rams. The way Stafford is able to manipulate defenses with his eyes can’t be said enough. We’re unlikely to see Stafford during the preseason. However, it’s only a matter of time before we get to see these times of throws in a live game setting. Rams fans are going to love it.