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Postby zhangzk » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:03 pm

THOUSAND OAKS http://www.officialcoyotes.com/authentic-adidas-clayton-keller-jersey , Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay has been more cautious than most of his peers in how he has used his starters during the preseason.

The starting offense, save for right guard Jamon Brown, will not play at all in the four exhibition games. The starting defense, save for outside linebacker Samson Ebukam, made a brief appearance in the third preseason game Saturday.

Whether that approach will cause problems once the season starts remains to be seen. It’s worked out in at least one respect, as McVay said Monday the Rams are on track to be healthy for their season opener at Oakland on Sept. 10. And players have been happy with McVay’s caution, with running back Todd Gurley saying he was living “everyone’s dream” by not playing in the preseason.

McVay seemingly felt so comfortable about the strength of his team that he made an unprompted reference to defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s ongoing holdout.

“We’re right on track with guys like (linebacker) Mark Barron that we have talked about. Everybody else we anticipate that we’re kind of projecting as a starter is ready to go. Obviously, the big question is will 99 (Donald) be a part of that thing or not? But we’re in a good place right now. Certainly we’ve got a lot of work to do in the meantime,” McVay said.

The Rams, who are seeking to defend their first NFC West title since 2003, will continue to hold out starters and key reserves for their preseason finale at New Orleans on Thursday.

McVay put defensive lineman Dominique Easley and outside linebacker Matt Longacre in that group. Easley did not play last season because of a torn ACL in his right knee, and Longacre missed most of training camp because of a biceps injury after undergoing back surgery last season.

Both Easley and Longacre are expected to play major roles this season with the Rams still unsettled on the edge opposite Ekubam in their 3-4 defense. McVay was glad to see both get on the field against Houston because it was a milestone in their recoveries.

“It was good for both those players to get some snaps, and now we’ll implement a program that we feel like is going to be sustainable throughout the course of the season, but we won’t expect to see them this week,” McVay said.

Tight end Gerald Everett, who sustained the most notable injury of training camp when he hurt his shoulder Artemi Panarin Jersey , is in line to play against the Raiders. McVay said Everett is running routes again, and the second-year South Alabama product was able to maintain his conditioning despite being in a sling for several weeks.

The only lingering question in terms of health is the status of outside linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. McVay said the fifth-round pick from Oklahoma is likely to start the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list after sustaining a foot injury during offseason workouts that required surgery. Starting the season with that designation would prevent Okoronkwo from practicing or playing for the first six weeks.

“I would say not anything that he can control, but I think just the way the foot has responded hasn’t been ideal. It doesn’t have anything to do with the way that he has worked,” McVay said.

Without major injury concerns, McVay has been able to focus on how to construct the 53-man roster and the 46-man game day roster. Putting together contingency plans in case of injury during the regular season is also a priority for McVay, whether that comes from the composition of the practice squad or from identifying players that could return as free agents.

“Unfortunately, like we’ve talked about, injuries are an inevitable part of this thing and we’ve always got to have those contingency plans in place, but we feel good about a lot of the spots right now,” McVay said.

While the Rams look to have their starting lineups set, McVay said many of his conversations with general manager Les Snead at this time of year center on players around the league that could be cut by other teams and how they might fit in.

“If they end up hitting the waiver wire, do they give us an upgrade or do we feel good about the spots? And, fortunately, most of the spots and situations and positions that we’re in, we feel good about the guys that we have in our building,” McVay said. “Hopefully we’ll stay healthy and be able to work with those guys.”

BEREA Authentic Jordan Eberle Jersey , Ohio (AP) — Austin Corbett battled all types of nasty characters as a four-year starting left tackle at Nevada.

His toughest opponent didn’t wear shoulder pads or a helmet.

“Organic chemistry,” the Browns rookie left guard said, rattling off a course he never mastered. “I just could not grasp my mind around it. I pulled ‘B’, but it was not a fun one.”

But while chemistry got the best of him, Corbett still managed to achieve “a handful” of 4.0 grade-point averages with All-Mountain West academic honors.

Who knows, if things had gone differently, the affable 6-foot-4, 306-pounder would be in medical school studying to be an orthopedic surgeon.

Instead, he’s starting for the Browns. And passing every test.

Taken with the first pick of the second round (No. 33) in the NFL draft, Corbett, who started 48 straight games at tackle in college, has adapted quickly since moving to guard when the Browns slid Joel Bitonio — an elite interior lineman and Corbett’s former Nevada teammate — to tackle to try and fill the massive hole left when perennial Pro Bowler Joe Thomas retired.

For Corbett, the adjustment to a new position has been helped by having Bitonio next to him.

“It’s been huge,” Corbett said following Monday’s morning walk-through. “He’s just done so much. Anytime I have a question I’m able to ask Joel and he’s right there to give me, ‘This is what I would do. This is what I’m seeing.’ Just all the little nuances of the type of block, what footwork would be best Max Pacioretty Jersey , the hand placement, everything you could think of at the guard position.

“He’s just been there. He’s done so much. I just really can’t thank him enough.”

When training camp opened, the Browns gave Shon Coleman the first shot to start at left tackle. When that didn’t work out, it was Corbett’s turn and that didn’t go so great.

Then, after being resistant to giving the job to Bitonio, Browns coach Hue Jackson and his staff decided their best option was to put the five best offensive linemen on the field together — regardless of position.

Corbett is one of them.

The 22-year-old has had some expected struggles while learning his new position. Unlike at tackle, where it’s essential to have quickness and long arms to combat speedy pass rushers coming off the edge, guards have to rely on technique and brute strength.

It’s a whole different world.

“It’s a lot more physical on the inside, for sure,” Corbett said. “I remember against the Giants that was my first time going up against 350-plus (pound) guys. That’s just a lot of man, so it’s different in that sense and I like that. I like getting on guys and Joel’s kind of said the opposite, he’s like, ‘These guys are smaller out here,’ so it’s kind of been interesting to see how we are both thinking of it.”

Bitonio and Corbett both can appreciate being shifted around. Bitonio started as a right tackle at Nevada, before being moved to the left side. And Corbett has worked on both sides with the Browns before staking a spot at left guard.

Their backgrounds have bonded them as friends and in their playing styles. Some of their Browns teammates have joked they’re like twins.

“Ever since I got to Nevada, I just tried to do everything he did because he set the standard so high and even just watching him once he got here Christian Dvorak Jersey ,” Corbett said.

“And so it’s kind of funny, we’ll watch film and some of our sets just look identical and in sync. He’s such a high-caliber player, and if that’s what I’m being compared to then, by all means, that’s great.”

And while it’s work, Corbett said he’s having a better time playing now than in college.

“I love it so much more as a job,” he said. “For me, I was always trying to balance the school and sport side of it where I was watching as much film as I can, but I was trying to pull a 4.0 and do so with some pretty tough classes. It was tough trying to balance it all out, but when you got football only, it’s fun.”

Especially without organic chemistry.

NOTES: RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) and rookie CB Denzel Ward (ankle) both practiced after being held out of some drills Sunday. … WR Josh Gordon worked with trainers on the side while awaiting clearance to return to the field. He returned to the team Saturday after a three-week absence. … Special teams coach Amos Jones said both the kicking and punting jobs remain up for grabs.

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