The Los Angeles Rams began their second round of organized team activities on Tuesday. The first media accessible OTA happens on Wednesday.
That said, what are some questions that need answering before training camp. The Rams are one of a few teams that scheduled less than the allowed 10 OTA. Hence, each practice remains important for team chemistry and learning the plabook.
Who is the starting quarterback?
The Rams rookie quarterback Jared Goff continues impressing with his work ethic in OTA. However, will the Rams really throw him to the fishes from Day One? Didn’t the learn from the Sam Bradford draft-bust?
Either way, Nick Foles or Case Keenum could become a bridge starter for the franchise. Both have had some success in the league. Both also are getting paid to compete for the starting position. Each practice will result in a battle for the starting gig.
Can the defense get better?
Whenever someone talks about the Rams, they usually talk about the defense. The defensive unit has some star power like Aaron Donald. However, they finished in the middle of the pack last year.
Of course, the defense dealt with injuries to many starters. However, that will not cut it this year. The Rams defense must return to shae this year to compete in the NFC West. That means the defense will need OTA to set the tone.
Remember Greg Robinson?
The Rams selected Greg Robinson No. 2 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. Since then, Robinson has been largely inconsistent. Many said he was the can’t miss product of that Draft.
Moving forward, eyes will be on him to see if he can develop into a franchise guard or tackle. The Rams will need the interior line help to keep Goff and running back Todd Gurley safe.
Where are the playmakers?
Outside of Kenny Britt, the Rams receivers are very young. Tayvon Austin and Brian Quick look great on papers, but neither put up great numbers. Where will the playmaking come from?
Fourth-round receiver Pharoah Cooper and undrafted receiver Duke Williams have talent and upside. They could easily find some early playing time on this roster. However, Williams has off-field demons and Cooper is undersized.
Who wins the tight end battle?
Again, the Rams face question marks on the offensive side of the ball. This time with a competition between two tight ends.
The Rams brought in rookie tight ends Tyler Higbee and Temarrick Hemingway. Both are considered high-ceiling guys worth the risk of a draft pick. Which one finds a role in the Rams offense?
Ultimately, OTA are meaningless as teams are not even in full gear. However, at least we have actual football to talk about. Not to mention, OTA means the Rams are finally back in Los Angeles.