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Stat Padford eyes elusive playoff win in Hollywood
Posted Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 6:56 AM
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LOS ANGELES — His arrival isn't the Second Coming, nor does it seem merely prosaic. Regardless of your feelings on the matter, the Los Angeles Rams fans are anxious to watch their new quarterback in action this fall, and the front office hopes to improve on the team's 10-6 playoff campaign in 2020.
The most exciting/controversial move made by the Rams in the offseason may be the acquisition of 13-year veteran Matthew Stafford. While he still has a cannon for an arm, the former Detroit Tigers' QB has never won an NFL playoff game.
A blockbuster trade, in the truest sense of the expression, the Rams traded away QB Jared Goff, tw0 first-round picks (2022, 2023) and a third-round pick (2021) to bring Stat Padford to Los Angeles.
After enjoying his best season since 2017, the Georgia Bulldogs' alumnus takes the helm in La-La Land with high hopes and lofty goals for his new team. Stafford showed marked improvement last year, and he threw for 4,084 yards and 26 touchdowns.
“I definitely have learned quite a bit,” Stafford said of making the transition to the West Coast. “This is a complex offense just like all of them are and just being able to kind of forget what I’ve learned in the past and move forward with the terminology and the new scheme is something that’s always a challenge, no matter if you’re moving cities and states and teams and all that kind of stuff or moving coordinators in the same team. So, I’ve been through it before."
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson also joins Stafford in LA, and he reunites with coach Sean McVay, after a disappointing 2020 in Philadelphia. However, Jackson's lack of explosiveness over the last two seasons may be a real cause for concern in the City of Angels.
Jackson, who is now thirty four years old, caught only 14 passes for 236 yards last season. He also failed to bust loose for many big plays on the field. In fact, Jackson only provided the Eagles with three plays of 20-plus yards and only caught one pass for 40-plus yards last year.
Will it be the Age of Aquarius in LA? Find out when the Rams' training camp begins on Wednesday, July 28. Practice kicks off at 4 p.m. PDT, and gates open at 2:30 p.m.