In yet another sign that the NFL is getting back to normal, the league will allow teams to practice/scrimmage against each other during training camp and the Las Vegas Raiders are taking advantage of the opportunity.
On Thursday afternoon, Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters that his team will hold joint practices with the Raiders this summer.
Sean McVay confirms that the Rams will have a few joint training camp practices with the Raiders and Cowboys this summer.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) May 27, 2021
No details of the joint practices have emerged in terms of the dates and whether the Raiders or Rams will host the practices and if fans will be allowed. The Raiders report to training camp on July 27. They will hold training camp at their Henderson, Nevada, facility. McVay said Thursday that the Rams will head back to Irvine in Orange County, California, for training camp after holding camp at their Thousand Oaks facility in 2020.
The Raiders and Rams previously held a joint workout together in 2019 in Napa and Raiders coach Jon Gruden and McVay are very close. McVay began his coaching career as an offensive assistant on Gruden’s staff in Tampa Bay in 2008.
Joint practices are great for both teams to gage where they are during training camp. It will be a strong test for the Raiders’ offense as the Rams have a premier defense. Of course, joint practices can get a little testy as it did when these two teams met in 2019.
Punches thrown between the Raiders offense and Rams defense at combined practice. Sean McVay sprints over from the field where offense is playing to check out situation. A minute later, play resumes. pic.twitter.com/CCCi90D0Ee— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) August 8, 2019
This event is just yet another reason to get excited for training camp.
UPDATE: It appears the Rams may host the practices.