“It’s gotten a lot more traction than I would have thought, to be honest with you,” he stated. “I’m just going through something that is irritating, at the moment, but I’m working through it. We’ve got a great plan. I’m feeling stronger every time I come out and throw. … I’m right on track, feeling good.”
Stafford, 34, has been on a pre-planned throwing schedule (referred to in shorthand as a “pitch count”) since coaching camp opened because the crew screens an ongoing difficulty along with his elbow. The Rams’ total plan has spanned way back to the spring, when Stafford didn’t throw in OTAs after receiving a number of several types of non-surgical therapy on his arm, together with an anti-inflammatory shot in March, as The Athletic first reported.
Head coach Sean McVay reiterated that Stafford has stayed on schedule in accordance with this plan and has not suffered a setback. On Saturday, Stafford had his pads on (like the remainder of the crew) and threw in people and in 7-on-7 drills, about 40-50 complete balls and at all kinds of various distances and angles.
“Felt like I could make any throw I wanted to, today,” stated Stafford.
Objectively and in individual, it was onerous to inform that something was bothering him.
“I don’t really know how much you can ask about how Matthew is feeling, I mean, he threw it all over the yard today,” stated McVay. “Looked actually good, felt good, we’re very a lot on observe with what we had hoped. I feel you may actually see the ball was leaping out of his hand, making all sorts of throws. I feel he was attempting to point out you guys that there’s in all probability not many questions you’ll be able to ask him both …
“The way that he looked today, I don’t think you would know that anything was going on, and he felt good. So I know that I’m gonna sleep better tonight.”
Neither Stafford nor McVay will outright put a reputation to the difficulty, which Stafford has handled for at the very least the final 12 months – if not even earlier than that. While one supply described it as “tendinitis” to The Athletic, McVay declined to say whether or not that was truly the analysis earlier this week – as an alternative saying that it was “a tricky deal” and “abnormal for a quarterback,” likening it extra to one thing an MLB pitcher would possibly expertise.
Stafford, in the meantime, stated the difficulty is “just a little soreness, we’re working through it. Felt pretty good today, we’re working through it. Felt pretty good today (and) thought it looked pretty good. Just trying to be smart with it and make me feel as good as I can feel going into Week 1 while still getting as many reps as I can, too.” He additionally declined to say whether or not he/the crew believed that it could be a continual difficulty.
However, managing Stafford’s arm is clearly a precedence for the crew, particularly whereas they’ll management each variable in a camp setting. My understanding all through the spring and summer time is that they need to restrict additional stress on his arm as a result of they’ll’t probably understand how the remainder of the 12 months will unfold, particularly after Stafford performed the longest NFL season of his profession in 2021 by a big margin. McVay indicated earlier this week that, relying on how Stafford felt upon leaving Irvine, Calif., the crew might ramp him again up for crew drills and their fuller offensive installations forward of their Sept. 8 opener towards Buffalo.
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