The St. Louis Rams are the last team in the NFL to start OTAs and Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis can not wait to get back on the field and turn the intensity up a notch.
“We started the journey when we came together for workouts, but (OTAs) take it to another level,” Laurinaitis said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Personally, I enjoy it. You can only do so many workouts before you get bored. So any time I get to play football or even do football stuff, it’s fun."
OTAs are the first time everyone is on the field at the same time doing drills in front of teammates and coaches. Laurinaitis is looking forward to seeing quarterback Nick Foles.
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“We know something about Nick (Foles) because we faced him with Philly, but I think we’re all interested to see how things will come together for him here,” Laurinaitis said. “I know he’s been working hard, trying to develop some chemistry and timing with the receivers.”
Even though there are no pads in OTAs, players will still need to step up and compete, especially when going against the Rams’ veteran defensive line.
“We won’t have full contact, but there’ll be some mirroring drills and stuff like that against guys like Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn and Chris Long,’’ he said. “It’s a big step-up for the young guys and I’m looking forward to see if they’re ready to compete or if they’re going to shy away.’’
Laurinaitis loves OTAS because it is where all the learning begins and sets a foundation for your team moving forward as you head into summer.
“You learn all this stuff in OTAs to establish the base you can build on,’’ he said. “That gives you something to study during the summer and then really get after it when camp starts.’’