With the media and followers alike watching Matthew Stafford intently to make assessments about his throwing arm, the Rams quarterback had one message for them: simply watch him throw.
“I do not know when you guys had been watching, I felt like I may make any throw I wished to in the present day,” Stafford stated. “I am simply attempting to be good once I get these alternatives to verify I can come out right here, lower it unfastened, flip it unfastened like I did in the present day and go from there.”
All through the offseason Stafford has been coping with a lingering elbow harm which required an anti-inflammatory shot and stopped him from throwing within the spring. And now with the season simply weeks away, questions are nonetheless swirling over how Stafford will be capable of handle the ache and simply how a lot it may have an effect on him all through the season.
However head coach Sean McVay, who earlier this week stated the Rams had been giving Stafford a lighter workload in gentle of the problems, nonetheless stated the workforce shouldn’t be anxious in any respect about Stafford’s means to play at his greatest come Week 1, and reiterated Stafford’s claims that anybody who watched him throw Saturday may inform he was doing high-quality.
“He threw it everywhere in the yard in the present day, appeared actually good, felt good. We’re very a lot on observe with what we had hoped and I believe you possibly can actually see,” McVay stated. “The ball was leaping out of his hand, making all forms of throws, and so I believe he was attempting to indicate you guys that there is in all probability not many questions you may ask him both primarily based on how he felt in the way in which he was throwing it round in the present day.”
Whereas Stafford and McVay each downplayed the harm when speaking on Saturday, with the quarterback saying it was simply “a bit of soreness,” the difficulty may truly be extra extreme, with NFL Community Insider Ian Rapoport reporting that Stafford is coping with unhealthy tendinitis, also referred to as “thrower’s elbow.” Rapoport stated that whereas Los Angeles would not seem like anxious concerning the long-term results, in the case of a franchise quarterback any concern with a throwing arm is taken severely, which is why the Rams have been so cautious to restrict the variety of reps Stafford takes.
Because the preseason ramps up in anticipation of the beginning of the season, and with it the doable pressure on an injured elbow, we’ll must see how Stafford holds up and whether or not his reassuring phrases show true. However within the meantime, after watching Saturday’s observe McVay stated he as a minimum shouldn’t be anxious in any respect about his QB.
“I do know this, the way in which that he appeared in the present day, I do not assume you’ll know that something was occurring,” McVay stated. “He felt good. So, I do know that I will sleep higher tonight.”