Practice Report: Preparing for Manning, Facing the Giants Secondary

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Date sent: 2017/11/03 09:53:46
Los Angeles held a padded session on <a href=""></a> Thursday ahead of the team’s Week 9 matchup with the Giants. Check below for three key takeaways from the afternoon’s practice.
The team released its second official injury report of the week on Thursday. Safety Cody Davis was the only injury-related absence from the session, as he continues to rehab a thigh injury.
Left guard Rodger Saffold was a non-injury related absence, while wide receiver Josh Reynolds(concussion) was back to practice in full after being limited in Wednesday’s session.
On the other side, the Giants will be without two of their primary starters, receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall — who are out with season-ending ankle injuries. Other notable injured starters include offensive lineman Justin Pugh and defensive end Olivier Vernon, who both did not participate in today’s practice.
In all, New York had five players who did not participate with injury related absences and two players who were limited on Thursday.
Though the Giants’ offense has been off to a lackluster start through seven games this season — currently listed as No. 30 in the league in total offensive yards — the Rams defense is not counting it out on Sunday.
New York is led by two-time Super Bowl Champion and four-time Pro Bowl quarterback, Eli Manning. Manning has completed 64.2 percent of his passes thus far this season — which would be his highest completion percentage in 14 seasons.
And though the team’s record at 1-6 may not show it, Manning’s offense is still a force to be reckoned with.
“He’s a savvy veteran and he could be a future Hall of Famer,” free safety Lamarcus Joyner added. “A guy like that can take over the game if you let him get hot.”
“He’s an excellent football player that <a href=""></a> has a great command of this game,” head coach Sean McVay said, “and when he gets hot it’s scary.”
That’s why one of the Rams’ primary defensive goals will be to stop Manning before he gets hot, containing the quarterback early on. Middle linebacker Alec Ogletree said that the team “has a lot of respect for what Eli’s done in this league,” but believes if the unit does “what it needs to do, we’ll be fine.”
“For us it’s just a matter of us doing our jobs the best that we can,” Ogletree said. “And trying to limit him from getting started. Because if he gets hot, he’s gone.”

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