Stafford’s minicamp presence makes ‘evening and day’ distinction for Rams
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford loved being a full participant within the staff’s on-field work this offseason after having to sit down out of final yr’s actions.
Stafford wrapped up necessary minicamp on Wednesday after two days of throwing, one thing he couldn’t do in preliminary preparations for the 2022 season due to an elbow harm that required surgical procedure.
“It’s good,” Stafford stated. “, I like to be out right here and follow and compete, play with these guys. So it’s powerful to sit down on the sideline like I did final yr for a lot time and never getting any type of reps, so it was nice to get a bunch of reps this offseason. I really feel good and enthusiastic about getting again in July.”
The harm dated again to the 2021 season, Stafford’s first in Los Angeles the place he helped the Rams win Tremendous Bowl LVI of their dwelling stadium after 12 years enjoying for the Detroit Lions. His proper elbow needed to be managed fastidiously within the lead-up to final season, retaining him out of OTAs and minicamp.
Coach Sean McVay described the distinction of getting Stafford out there and collaborating as “evening and day.”
“I don’t suppose I spotted it or anyone, and he would by no means say it as a result of he’s so powerful, the quantity of ache that he was working by way of, how restricted he was,” McVay stated. “However to have our quarterback, the command, the way in which that he actually elevates [the team], his communication expertise, it’s been large for us. He makes a big distinction.”
Stafford performed in 9 video games final season, lacking the ultimate seven due to a concussion and neck harm he sustained in a Week 11 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
The Rams went 5-12, mounting a meager protection of their title, and expectations aren’t a lot greater going into this season after chopping standout gamers to handle a wage cap crunch and loading up their roster with rookies.
Stafford stated he isn’t bothered by the assumption the Rams gained’t achieve success.
“I do know what we’re attempting to do is construct a very good soccer staff right here, and that takes work,” he stated. “Whether or not folks suppose it’s gonna occur or not doesn’t matter to us. , simply because folks stated we should always win the Tremendous Bowl two years in the past didn’t imply we gained it. We put the work in and executed, in order that’s the mindset we’re taking and completely satisfied to be the place we’re at.”