For the primary time since coaching camp started, Mike Thomas on Monday ran routes and caught passes with different receivers.
The second-yr professional confirmed the velocity that reinforces his probabilities of contributing to the Rams’ new offense, and he stated he was glad to be again on the sector with teammates.
However Thomas, who had been sidelined due to a foot damage, will sit out the primary 4 video games of the common season due to a suspension for violating the NFL’s coverage on efficiency-enhancing substances. The suspension was introduced in July, about two weeks earlier than coaching camp started.
“I simply knew it was coming so I needed to take full duty of it and study from my errors and transfer ahead,” Thomas stated.
Thomas declined to specify the circumstances that led to his suspension.
“I don’t need to speak about it as a result of it’s prior to now already,” he stated. “Simply received to observe what I take and be extra accountable and be extra observant and simply study from it.”
Thomas’ return to the sector provides quarterback Jared Goff a possible deep menace, at the very least for practices and exhibition video games.
Tavon Austin and rookie Josh Reynolds, additionally considered potential deep threats, stay sidelined due to accidents.
“You are feeling that vertical velocity that he has,” coach Sean McVay stated of Thomas, a sixth-spherical draft decide final yr. “That provides us a pleasant choice, a component in our move recreation and searching ahead to only type of progressing and constructing with him as we transfer in the direction of the season.”
McVay stated Thomas would play in exhibition video games regardless that he’ll sit out common-season video games towards the Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys.
“You continue to need to get him that work understanding that he’s part of our plans for the season if issues go the best way that we anticipate and getting him again Week 5,” McVay stated. “So, it’s a fragile stability of creating positive that he will get the work that he can, however you’re additionally aware that you simply’re not going to have him for the primary a part of the season.”
Thomas caught solely three passes and was a standout on particular groups final season.
After he was cited, Thomas stated he was frightened about his standing with the Rams. However he impressed McVay throughout offseason organized staff actions exercises and minicamps.
“In OTAs, I knew I used to be nonetheless going by way of this factor, I simply by no means let it get to me,” he stated. “I nonetheless made performs throughout OTAs.
“I simply couldn’t let it get to me mentally as a result of … damaging stuff goes to construct on one another after which I used to be simply going to overthink stuff and lose my thoughts.”
Thomas stated it was “very disappointing” that he gained’t be capable of assist or be across the staff within the first 4 common-season video games.
“I’m going to only maintain working prefer it’s one other offseason for me, these 4 weeks, and once I come again simply get able to work when my quantity known as and make performs,” he stated.
And so forth.
The Rams waived receiver Bradley Marquez, who caught sixteen passes and performed on particular groups the final two seasons. Marquez had not practiced lately due to a knee damage. … The Rams practiced in full pads. … Goff related with rookie receiver Cooper Kupp on a 25-yard landing cross to the again nook of the top zone. … Backup quarterback Sean Mannion learn a blitz and related with operating again De’Mard Llorens. … Defensive again Aarion Penton intercepted a Mannion cross. … Tight finish Travis Wilson continues to make performs, making a catch in tight protection on a cross from Dan Orlovsky. … Security Cody Davis broke up a number of performs and narrowly missed intercepting two passes. … Actor Ty Burrell of the tv present “Trendy Household” attended follow. … The Rams are off Tuesday. They may maintain a joint apply with the Chargers on Wednesday at four:30 p.m. at UC Irvine. The exercise is open to the general public.
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