The selection, based mostly on the roster, appeared considerably perplexing when Justin Davis selected to signal with the Rams as an undrafted free agent.
The previous USC operating again knew that Todd Gurley was the starter and that the group had signed Lance Dunbar as a free agent. Malcolm Brown and Aaron Inexperienced additionally have been on the roster.
The place was the chance?
Davis didn’t fear.
By means of offseason exercises and coaching camp, he stated he targeted on operating arduous, catching the ball and studying move protections whereas additionally working to impress on particular groups.
And he seems to be reaping some profit.
Dunbar, who performed 5 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, was sidelined for many offseason exercises and has not participated in coaching camp drills due to a knee damage. His absence has enabled Brown to ascend to the backup position.
That leaves open a attainable competitors for the third operating again place if Dunbar can’t return.
“I’ve to ensure I’m in a spot the place I don’t miss a beat,” Davis stated.
Davis has seemed sharp at occasions throughout workforce drills, hitting holes with quickness and catching the ball nicely.
“I’ve been very happy with him thus far,” operating-backs coach Skip Peete stated. “He’s carried out an excellent job in each the operating recreation and move-safety recreation, and he’s stunned me as a receiver popping out of the backfield.”
Davis rushed for two,465 yards and scored 21 touchdowns at USC. He’s listed at 6 ft 1 and 198 kilos, however he seems considerably bigger than he did in school.
“I actually made it my No. 1 precedence to get greater,” he stated, noting that NFL gamers hit more durable and that he can be training towards gamers corresponding to Rams center linebacker Alec Ogletree day-after-day.
In contrast to current years, when rosters have been trimmed to seventy five from ninety after which to fifty three, NFL groups this season will carry ninety gamers after which reduce right down to fifty three after the fourth preseason recreation. Additionally they can retain 10 apply-squad gamers.
Davis should proceed to carry out at operating again and show his worth on particular groups to earn a spot.
“I’m making an attempt to get into additional [special teams] movie, as a result of particular groups is the quickest means on the sector,” he stated. “So I’m making an attempt to grasp my craft, making an attempt to do every little thing attainable to get higher at that.”
Rob Havenstein, the beginning proper deal with the final two seasons, was moved to proper guard through the offseason.
Jamon Brown, who performed guard the final two seasons, appeared settled at proper deal with after beating out the since-traded Greg Robinson in the course of the organized-staff actions and minicamps.
Throughout Sunday’s brief no-pads follow, Havenstein switched to deal with and Brown to protect, and coach Sean McVay stated they might in all probability stay there no less than a part of the week.
“We really feel actually good about what Jamon and Rob have achieved on that proper aspect, however with Rob’s historical past enjoying deal with and Jamon’s historical past enjoying guard, we additionally need to have contingency plans in place if one in every of them have been to go down,” McVay stated.
Sunday’s strikes had been mentioned even earlier than final Saturday’s apply with the Chargers, McVay stated.
“We’re simply persevering with to seek out no matter that greatest combine is for our 5 guys up entrance,” he stated.
The Rams follow with the Chargers once more on Wednesday. They play their first preseason recreation on Saturday towards the Dallas Cowboys.
Brown stated “cross coaching” at a number of positions provides the Rams flexibility. Havenstein agreed.
“Me and Jamon are open to any approach we will help,” Havenstein stated.
And so on…
Receiver Tavon Austin, who suffered a hamstring damage final week, didn’t follow. He has missed the final 5 exercises. … Rookie receiver Josh Reynolds (quadriceps) labored on conditioning drills …. Offensive lineman Andrew Donnal and receiver Bradley Marquez will not be working towards due to knee accidents, McVay stated. Donnal is predicted to be sidelined at the least every week, McVay stated.
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