The Rams commenced mandatory minicamp on Tuesday at the practice facility in Thousand Oaks, CA.
3 Takeaways from Rams Minicamp Day 1
1. The NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald was a no-show at day one of the Rams mandatory minicamp. Head coach Sean McVay confirmed he will not be reporting to minicamp as the contract negotiations continue. This is the second straight year that Donald has held out during minicamp for contract purposes. Donald is now subject to fines for his absence including $14,070 for missing the first day, $28,150 for the second day and $42,215 for the third day, a total of $84,435 for a three-day absence.
2. Rams second-year head coach Sean McVay emphasized that the team is not relying on the success of last season despite being NFC West champions. As he addressed the media he commented, ” I think there’s a confidence that this group has that they should feel good about. There’s also got to be a humility and understanding that we have to earn it every single day.” The Rams made it to the NFC Wild Card game and came up short to the Atlanta Falcons in the 2017 season. With some new additions, especially to the defensive side of the ball including veteran Aqib Talib and the highly touted Marcus Peters, the team is focused on making it deep into the playoffs and competing for a championship title this season.
3. Speaking of Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, the Rams newest additions to their secondary were side by side all practice to exchange laughs and notes after drills. Talib, a Super Bowl champion, and five-time Pro Bowler has the most picks by a cornerback (34) since entering the league in 2008. Peters spent the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs after being drafted in the first round. Both told members of the media that they are focused on getting the “gray areas” to become “black and white” on the field, so by the time week one rolls around there will be minor adjustments needed.
The Rams will forego the third day of minicamp on Thursday to take a visit to Hollywood Park in Inglewood where the new stadium is being built.