Stafford threw ‘with incredible precision’ into the Rams scrum

The Los Angeles Rams increased Matthew Stafford’s workload in practice on Tuesday, with the veteran quarterback taking over 60 reps in an intrasquad scrimmage. Sean McVay spoke to the media after practice and the energetic coach seemed encouraged by Stafford’s performance.

“I thought he had great energy, great control all day. I thought he threw the ball with incredible precision in all parts of the pitch. Really activated all parts of our passing game. There has a few where he hits the points and we just have to be able to finish some of those plays,” McVay said. “I’m encouraged because we can get through it and we have those opportunities to feel what it’s like. It’s for him to throw with Allen. Ben Skowronek made a handful of plays. Tutu too. He’s comfortable with Higbee and Cooper, but some of these new guys, today was a big step in the right direction to be able to begin to establish this report which will be essential for this year.

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Since the end of last season, Stafford has been struggling with an elbow injury. The veteran flagger was able to lead the Rams to a Super Bowl victory, so the injury didn’t stop the team from achieving its goal a season ago. This offseason, he had an injection in his elbow to relieve the injury, but he was still feeling pain in camp.

There was a lot of talk about Stafford’s injury after McVay revealed it was an abnormal injury for a quarterback. The Rams have devised a plan for Stafford this offseason to avoid overstraining his elbow, which has limited the number of snaps he’s taken in practice.

But on Tuesday, McVay wanted an opportunity for Stafford to build chemistry with some of the younger guys and Allen Robinson. It was an off day for veteran Cooper Kupp, so Stafford had Robinson, Ben Skowronek and Tutu Atwell available for the majority of his reps.

Watching Stafford pitch in practice, McVay and the Rams have been pleased with his appearance so far. While time will tell if the elbow issue becomes a long-term concern, things seem to be going in the right direction for the veteran quarterback.

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