(Flowery Branch, Ga) The Rams are officially done with practices for the 2018 season after one final session on Friday at the Falcons facility.
Los Angeles was once again outside for the session, on what was a sunny day in Georgia, with temperatures around 55 degrees for the duration of the hour and 25 minutes from first to final horn.
As players stretched, 2 Chainz’s “Feds Watching” blared from the sound system. The Rams then utilized two grass fields for individual drills — offense on one, defense on the other. Assistant head coach/linebackers Joe Barry could be heard encouraging good movement out of his group.
The Rams then went to 11-on-11 drills, with the scout teams for offense and defense. As G-Easy’s “No Limit” played in the background, coaches could be heard complimenting the defense for strong communication after one segment of plays.
McVay said the team was able to get what it needed to out of the week.
“We did. It was a great day today, getting Greg and Blake full — we’re going into this game as healthy as you could hope for,” McVay told pool reporter Charean Williams, referring to kicker Greg Zuerlein and safety Blake Countess. “So now, really, it’s just about tightening things up, making sure that we clean up any of the last little details — a little over 48 hours out.”
At the end of practice, Zuerlein kicked both field goals and kickoffs. McVay said Zuerlein is feeling good ahead of Sunday’s contest.
“He hit the ball well — hit the kickoffs and the field goals really well,” McVay said. “And that’s kind of what we expected, that’s what we hoped, and he’ll be ready to go.”
Safety Blake Countess — who has also been dealing with a foot injury — should play against the Patriots on Sunday as well.
“He responded well. He ended up having a good day today moving around,” McVay said.
As of now, the Rams’ on-field prep work for Super Bowl LIII is complete. McVay said the team will hold a walk-thru at the hotel tomorrow before going to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for a team picture with friends and family.
“That will be more of an appreciation with all the people that are here to share in this journey with our players and our coaches,” McVay said. “Then we’ll have quick little meetings tomorrow night, we’ll get up on Sunday and have some walk-thrus and meetings, and then anxiously await that kickoff.”
McVay also complimented the Falcons for the set up and ease of use of their facility over the course of the week.
“It’s been great. Really, couldn’t ask for much more in terms of the facilities having everything that we need, in order, organized — it’s first class,” McVay said. “And, really, the Falcons, the league, and the city of Atlanta have been great hosts. And hopefully we can do our part and have a great game, and put on a performance that people are enjoying.”
As the team walked off the field and headed for the buses back to the hotel, McVay seemed to feel good about the work the team has put in this week — and, really, over the course of the season — to get ready for Sunday’s matchup against the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.
“[T]here’s a confidence that I think’s been earned,” McVay said. “Certainly respect the Patriots, but we’re coming here with the expectation to win a game.”
And to that end, McVay said he doesn’t have any special speakers planned for the night before the game.
“We’ve been consistent where we try to stick with our message. And I just think this group is so tight-knit, we kind of know what we stand for. We know what we need to do here,” McVay said. “I don’t know that there’s any real motivating words that I could say or anything else — other than let’s just continue to do the little things the right way one day at a time, have a belief and confidence in one another, and play for each other. And we trust that good things will happen.”
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