The start of 2023 training camp for the Los Angeles Rams is on the horizon as they continue to go through their offseason business.
It’s no secret that the Rams are coming off a disappointing 2022 season, but that should have players extra motivated to get to camp and get ready for a bounce-back year. Expectations are not high for the Rams in 2023 after losing a number of key players this offseason, but training camp will serve as a time for young players to develop and the front office and coaching staff to see what they have for the future.
With that should come a lot of healthy competition among the young players who are battling for spots. The Rams typically don’t play their starters in the preseason, but without established starters at a number of different positions, this year could be a little different.
Rams 2023 training camp schedule
The Rams have not yet released their full training camp schedule, but it usually begins in the last week of July and the first week of August.
The first preseason game then typically takes place in the second week of August with the first roster cuts from 90 to 85 players shortly to follow.
It remains to be seen if the Rams will have a joint practice this year as that will likely depend on their preseason opponents. Last year, the Rams had a two-day joint practice with the Cincinnati Bengals, which was a rematch of the Super Bowl the year prior. Sean McVay and Zac Taylor maintain a great relationship and were able to run a successful joint practice the first day although all hell broke loose in the second day with a number of fights taking place, including Aaron Donald slamming a helmet at a Bengals player.
L.A. will be scheduled to play three preseason games in the second, third and fourth weeks of August before the regular season begins in early September. Their final roster cuts to get it down to 53 players will happen after the preseason finale.
Rams 2023 training camp location and fan accessibility
The Rams are in the midst of building a new practice facility in Woodland Hills, although that is not ready yet so they will again have training camp at UC Irvine as they have every year since moving back to L.A.
For the first 10 days of training camp, the Rams typically hold 1.5-2.5 hour practices that are open to the public at UC Irvine. Practices take place at Crawford Field and the closest parking structure is the Mesa Parking Structure, located at 4004 Mesa Road, Irvine, CA 92697.
Attending training camp is free for all Rams fans, although they still must go to the team’s website to reserve tickets. Fans are allowed to claim up to four adult tickets and four youth tickets per day at registration.
Rams 2023 training camp storylines
As previously mentioned, the Rams should have a lot of competitions during training camp this year. After the departures of a number of key players on both sides of the ball, young players will be battling for starting spots.
Especially on the defensive side of the ball, the Rams will need new starters across the board at cornerback, safety, linebacker, outside linebacker and defensive tackle. The organization has 11 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft and will likely use a number of them on athletic defensive players.
And then on offense, the Rams need to get the offensive line figured out after an injury-plagued 2022 season. Additionally, how healthy are Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp?
Stafford was not able to throw much during training camp last year due to an elbow issue, but all indications are that he is now healthy and will be full-go this year, which should help him build more chemistry which his receiving corps.
The Rams also have a new offensive coordinator in Mike LaFleur in addition to a number of other new coaches, so the guidance they give all of the young players and how they work with McVay will be worth monitoring as well.