The Rams begin their Super Bowl championship defense on Sunday as training camp begins at UC Irvine’s Crawford Field.
As with all teams, the camp will not be without competition for positions. Here are the three best Boot Camp Battles to watch:
Starting right guard
Players: Logan Bruss, Coleman Shelton, Tremayne Anchrum, AJ Arcuri, Bobby Evans
The biggest uncertainty heading into training camp may be starting right guard, a vacancy created by Austin Corbett’s departure to the Carolina Panthers. Bruss, the Rams’ first pick in the 2022 draft, appears to be the favorite after center Brian Allen and right tackle Rob Havenstein praised the Wisconsin rookie on Saturday. Shelton started two games last season and has three years of experience. Evans could be in the mix, but the team might prefer to keep him as a backup tackle.
#2 edge rusher
Players: Justin Hollins, Terrell Lewis, Chris Garrett
The Rams have depth and plenty of power on defense, but they’re slim behind Leonard Floyd. Hollins said in May that he was confident he would fill the starting job vacated by Von Miller, and that could come to fruition because of his versatility and talent for making plays. But Hollins admitted Saturday he needed to work on his passing skills to generate more sacks. He has just six career sacks in three seasons. There are high hopes for Lewis, a 2020 third-round pick, but he’s struggling to stay healthy.
Wide Receiver #3
Players: Van Jefferson, Tutu Atwell, Ben Skowronek
Jefferson likely sits in the No. 3 position behind Cooper Kupp and newcomer Allen Robinson due to his knack for opening up with crisp routes and physical play. But the explosive Atwell could make a push if he finds his footing in Year 2 after an injury-riddled rookie season. The wide reception room could be packed if the team decides to bring back Odell Beckham Jr., who is recovering from a torn ACL.