THOUSAND OAKS (News4usonline) – Warm weather. Football drills in the spring. The 2022 NFL season has earnestly begun with organized team activities (OTAs). The Los Angeles Rams began defense of their Super Bowl title with the first day of OTAs being held at their practice facility at Cal Lutheran University.
Afterward, the buzz was about incoming wide receiver Allen Robinson, whom the Rams signed in the offseason to a multi-year deal. With longtime Rams stalwart Robert Woods being traded away to the Tennessee Titans and the uncertainty around Odell Beckham Jr., the Rams went out and got Robinson, who spent the past four seasons with the Chicago Bears.
Before his stint in Chicago, Robinson spent the first four seasons of his career playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford knows all too well the type of dimension that Robinson brings to the table as an athletic wideout. Up until last season, Stafford and Robinson were divisional opponents.
Stafford played 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions before moving on to greener pastures with the Rams. Robinson had his time in Chicago. Both the Lions and Bears play in the NFC North Division.
“A lot of his work speaks for itself, just what he’s been able to do in this league for a long time,” Stafford said. “He’s a big, physical guy that can still run, change direction, understands the game, tough-catch guy, can make contested catches, a really well-rounded receiver in my opinion…a guy that an do a lot of things.”
The versatility of Robinson will no doubt open some things up for Cooper Kupp. Kupp, who won the NFL Offensive Player of the Year award for his play last season, has been known to do quite a few things on the football field himself. Kupp is impressed in what he sees from the veteran wideout.
“His mental aptitude and what he’s been able to grasp already, just being able to dialogue with him, how he sees the game, has been really fun,” remarked Kupp.
Practice went roughly an hour and a half with players going through drills on both offense and defense.
Expectations for the Rams for the 2022 NFL season to repeat winning Super Bowl LVI hang on the right arm of Stafford, the fleet-footed Kupp and defensive staples Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald.
Also playing a big part in what the Rams will do this season will be the play of Robinson and linebacker Bobby Wagner, another key newcomer. Robinson said the first day of OTAs with his new teammates was good.
“It felt good,” Robinson said. “It felt good being out there, man. Being out there with helmets on, lining up against the defense, you know, going through everything. So, it’s a learning process and I’m enjoying it.”
As he prepares his team for the 2022 NFL season, Rams head coach Sean McVay said there is a greater appreciation for what his team did in winning the Super Bowl and talked about the balance of taking that achievement in stride.
“What you realize being on both ends of it now, I think that you take everything with a grain of salt,” McVay said. “I’m certainly appreciative of all the blessings, being around people that you’re able to achieve something special with, but I think you also you have that an even more of an appreciation for the people that are unconditional…the all-time friends, not just the good time friends.”
McVay added: “I think I’m certainly very grateful for the opportunity, but I don’t think that you want to be naive to the fact that, hey, you got to be able to be in the moment, be humble, be present and appreciate the people you love and care about,” he said. “I think that having the perspective of both ends of it gives you an appreciation not to get too high and not to get too low and understand that it’s all temporary and really that the stuff that really matters is the relationships and the way you treat people.”
Featured Image Caption: May 23, 2022. Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Allen Robinson (1) looks to haul in a pass on the first day of organized team activities. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline
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