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Episode 6 of Rams original series “Behind the Grind” is available now on Facebook Watch. In “Take Your Opportunity” we join up with the Rams Legends during Reunion Weekend, take a trip to Camarillo Detention Center and get to know RB John Kelly and the 2018 rookies.

“Behind the Grind” airs exclusively on Facebook Watch biweekly on Thursdays. Each episode of “Behind the Grind” showcases various elements of the team’s preparation during the offseason as they look to defend their NFC West title and build on their success heading into 2018. The Rams’ Emmy Award-winning media group developed this original series as a way to give fans a unique look into the team on and off the field.

Fans can follow the show and watch full episodes at Facebook.com/RamsBehindTheGrind.

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Team insider Myles Simmons shares his top 10 observations of Thursday’s session, including how CB Marcus Peters made his presence felt during the last period of practice Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey .

Team insider Myles Simmons shares his top 10 observations from the Rams third OTA practice — their final of the week.

1) During individual drills, the linebackers worked on ripping the ball out of a ballcarrier’s arms, plus the proper  Tomas Plekanec Jersey way to recover a fumble. Again, it’s late May, but the Rams are clearly putting a high priority on both ball  Men’s Authentic Reebok Montreal Canadiens 14 Tomas Plekanec 2016 Winter Classic Ice Hockey Jersey security and creating turnovers.

2) On Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale  the other field, receivers and quarterbacks worked on timing routes, with the signal-callers throwing the ball before the receivers came out of their breaks. That’s important to establish that chemistry now so that it looks smooth when there’s an actual opponent.

3) L.A. also worked on red-zone specific routes, like fades and slants. That’s one of the first times we’ve been able to see the club work on those kinds of routes in this offseason program.  Worked on the red zone, first time we’ve seen that this week.

4) It’s become the norm, but quarterback Jared Goff and wide receiver Brandin Cooks got their connection going once again. The signal-caller threw a strike to the left sideline for the wideout,  who had to climb the ladder a bit to get it. It was a nice throw and catch.

5) Quarterback Sean Mannion made a throw so good to wide receiver Josh Reynolds on the left side of the field that cornerbacks coach Aubrey Pleasant ran over to the signal-caller to congratulate him. The throw was just out of reach for the cornerback and dropped right into the hands of Reynolds.

6) During the 11-on-11 drills, there were points where Goff worked a hard count — inducing some flinching from the defense. That’s another example of a team being able to focus on more advanced aspects of play rather than learning a system during OTAs.

7) The Rams worked on some elements of the red zone in 7-on-7 drills, and Goff threw a few strikes to start the period. The first went to wideout Cooper Kupp in the back of the end zone at about where the goalpost would be. Then Goff found tight end Tyler Higbee on the right side of the end zone after scrambling to his right when the defense’s coverage was tight. It was a pair of strong passes for the young quarterback.

8) During special teams drills, it looked like coordinator John Fassel was practicing kickoffs with the new rules. Players must now begin the play lined up within a yard of the ball to eliminate a running start. That’s what the unit was ostensibly working on during Thursday’s session.

9) In the second 11-on-11 period, Goff completed a pass to wideout Cooper Kupp over the middle that appeared to mildly frustrate cornerback Troy Hill. Hill was matched up with Kupp, who made a move to shake off Hill over the middle. When Kupp made the catch and darted up the field, Hill leaned back with his head looking up to the sky. His body language conveyed, “Man, how did he do that?”

10) The Rams ended the session with some situational work with a two-minute drill. Cornerback Marcus Peters nearly picked off a pass to Cooks on the left sideline, which would’ve given the defense a clear victory in the period. He didn’t end up with the interception, but, as head coach Sean McVay often says, Peters’ presence could definitely be felt on the field.

Goff Displaying Growth, Joe Carter Throwback Jersey Leadership During Offseason Program

QB Jared Goff feels more comfortable in the Rams’ offense in his second year under HC Sean McVay, and that’s allowing him to take more ownership within the unit.

Jared Goff feels more comfortable.

As reporters peppered him with questions on Monday after the Rams’ first OTA practice of 2018, “comfortable” was the word the 23-year-old kept using to describe how he’s feeling about being Los Angeles’ starting quarterback.

“It just continues to get more comfortable. Comfortable is the best word,” Goff said. “Stuff begins to slow down a bit more. It seems like it does every year all the way through high school, through college and now into the NFL.

“It’s every year you kind of start seeing more,” Goff continued. “You’re not seeing it moving so fast, but you’re more actually comprehending what’s going on and seeing the defenses better.”

Those factors may sound a bit abstract, but head coach Sean McVay said he’s noticed plenty of growth from the young quarterback in those areas, too.

“I think he’s confident. I think he truly is becoming that extension of the coaching staff that you hear us refer to commonly. I think the game is slowing down a little bit for him — it ce Joe Carter Jersey rtainly is,” McVay said on Monday. “We know there is going to be a lot of great challenges ahead, but I think in terms of the command and really taking a great grasp of the offensive system, while kind of understanding everything that we’re trying to get done, I’ve been really pleased with Jared.”

Goff is coming off a season in which he completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,804 yards with 28 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He finished No. 1 in the league with 12.9 yards per completion, leading the Rams to an 11-4 record — and an NFC West division title — in the 15 games he started in 2017.

As a quarterback going into his third year, Goff is also beginning to take more of a leadership role within the club. In many ways, that’s expected from a team’s signal-caller, especially one drafted at No. 1 overall. But having a year as successful as 2017 makes the process a bit smoother.

“I think anytime you can be in the same offense for more than one year, you know what you’re talking about and so you can kind of be confident and have an opinion in being able to correct things,” Goff said. “You have confidence in that because you know what you’re talking about in that to extent, being in it for one year.”

Goff’s teammates have noticed the quarterback’s growth with his demeanor both on and off the field.

“Definitely, you watch him grow everyday at just being our leader and commanding us, taking control of the offense — you see that grow and grow every day,” right guard Jamon Brown said. “The more confident he is, the more confident we are in him. I think that allows everybody around him to be confident. But definitely, you see those leaps and bounds everyday.”

“I think last year having been able to play all the way through, having the year that he did ha Joe Carter Throwback Jersey s really helped him,” wide receiver Cooper Kupp said. “[H]e took full responsibility for whatever it was that happened the first year. I know I wasn’t here, but whatever it was, he took full responsibility for whatever that was. And then to be able to go out and work in the offseason, come back and have the year he did, and just moving into this year he’s just elevated it that much more.

“He didn’t take any steps back, didn’t get comfortable at all, and just continued to grow as a person, as a football player, as a leader on this team,” Kupp continued. “Excited about the way he’s kind of pulled guys together and organized guys. In the offseason he was big on getting guys together, working on things, so that growth hopefully will just continue to grow as we move into the season.”

Given all the progress he’s made, Goff now has more leeway to take ownership of the offense in partnership with McVay.

“I think as time goes on that will continue to build. Through last year and this offseason, it has already,” Goff said, adding the practice on Monday “was a good example of that, kind of us bouncing stuff of Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey f each other — me asking him questions, him asking me questions and continuing to grow together.”

As the offseason program continues through the second full week of June, Goff said he’s looking to improve every aspect of his game.

“A million things. Like always, just trying to get better, trying to improve,” Goff said. “I want to continue to learn as much as I can about the defense and that side of the ball, and at the same time continue to master our system. Just become the best teammate and leader I can be.”

Gurley Joe Carter Throwback Jersey Taking Things One Day at a Time in OTAs

With seven more OT Joe Carter Jersey As scheduled this offseason, running back Todd Gurley is fo Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey cused on consistency and improvement.

The Rams ushered in Phase III the offseason program earlier this week by holding the first two of ten, organized team activities. 

For Los Angeles — in Year 2 under head coach Sean McVay — the sessions will be important for improving upon the foundation set by the franchise last season. After implementing the top offense in the league, the Rams focus in 2018 will be on perfecting that system.

And according to running back Todd Gurley, that goal can only be accomplished through daily development. 

“It’s the same approach,” Gurley said Monday. “It’s Day 1 for us. Take it one day  Justin Smoak Jersey at a time and let the rest take care of itself.”

The Pro Bowl running back is coming off of his best season yet, after recording 2,093 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns. And after a season of such high production, the Georgia product is focused on improving the little things to keep his game at an elite level.

“Just to get better everyday,” he said of his personal goals this offseason. “Trying to find little things, watch the film to see what we can get better at, and then just kind of take it from there.”

Plus, with several new additions on the team’s defense, Gurley will get the chance to hone his game against some of the best.

“We got some great additions on the defense and guys are still learning also,” he said. “It’s still Day 1, there’s a lot of things [they] can get better at and a lot of things we can get better at.”

 

10 Observations from O Joe Carter Throwback Jersey TA No. 2

The Rams’ offense once again looked sharp, and S Lamarcus Joyner had a particularly strong period toward the end of practice.

Team insider Myles Simmons shares his top 10 observations from Los Angeles’ second OTA practice on Tuesday.

1) It’s just the second day of Phase III, but the offense began the da Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey y’s session with a ball security drill. It’s a small thing, but what a team practices during this early stage indicates what is a priority for the club.

2) Quarterback Jared Goff looked sharp early on once again, even during the early drills. On one throw he hit wideout Cooper Kupp with a really nice intermediate out route. In group drills, Goff also nailed a deep pass to Robert Woods off play action that ended with the wideout catching the ball as he crossed the goal line. Those are throws that should look that good against air, and they did.

3) During individual drills, the Rams mixed in receivers to work with multiple quarterbacks. That way, some of the younger players had an opportunity to catch passes from the QBs at the top of the depth chart like Goff and Sean Mannion.

4) On the second play of 11-on-11 drills, Goff uncorked a deep ball down the right side to wide receiver Brandin Cooks. The Oregon State product had already blown past the two scout-team defenders, but at first glance Goff appeared to have overthrown his receiver. But with Cooks’ speed, the ba Joe Carter Jersey ll was in just the right spot — he caught it and took it to the end zone for a (theoretical) touchdown.

5) It’s sometimes difficult to evaluate the execution of run plays during OTAs because players aren’t tackling, nor are they wearing pads. But running back Todd Gurley appears to be running well in practice, finding holes along the line of scrimmage. He also consistently finishes his runs all the way to the end zone.

6) After the first-team offense finished a series of plays, Goff went over to receivers to ostensibly talk over what happened on the field and what the receivers saw. Goff made a few different hand motions to indicate routes. It was a prime example of the quarterback growing more into a leader and taking more ownership of the offense.

7) The connection between Goff and Kupp appears to be picking up right where it left off in 2017. During 7-on-7 drills, Goff threaded the needle deep down the middle of the field to Kupp to fit a ball between a couple of defenders. And then Kupp made a leaping catch over the middle during team drills to show off that connection again.

8) Communication is always key on defense, and during the Rams 11-on-11 defensive drills, there was plenty of talking going on with players on the field. That’s important for the unit going against Los Angeles’ offense, which uses a ton of movement to try to throw things off for a defense.

9) There’s no real “down time” in practice for players, even during special teams drills. Players who aren’t participating in them — like quarterbacks, offensive linemen, Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey  top wide receivers — are off to the side doing drills with their position coaches. For instance, the four quarterbacks on the roster were working on different routes and ball placement with Gurley, Woods, Cooks, and Kupp.

10) Finally, safety Lamarcus Joyner made his mark in the second 11-on-11 period against the scout offense. Joyner broke up a deep pass on the defense’s right, leaping to knock a ball out of bounds out of the receiver’s reach. And a few plays later, Joyner jumped an out route, dove, and deflected the pass out of bounds on the right sideline. It’s a usual sight, but Joyner certainly had a good period.

Peters, Talib Developing Chemi Joe Carter Throwback Jersey stry in Secondary at OTAs

The Rams’ 10 OTA sessions throughout the offseason are crucial for building chemistry with newly added players like Talib and Peters.

Organized team activities are nothing new for cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. But Monday’s OTA session represented a beginning for both of the elite corners — their first practice in a Rams uniform.

“It was a good, good day,” Talib said. “Good communication, a pretty solid day.”

“We had fun today,” Peters said. “To be around the guys and stuff, it was a different atmosphere with me starting OTAs here. It felt really good to be out there.”

And fortunately for the new cornerback duo, head coach Sean McVay said they have been adjusting well to their new environments and are already making a difference.

“It’s fun to see those corners out there, guys you have a lot of respect for,” McVay said Monday. “I think you just see great instincts, great awareness, [and Justin Smoak Jersey ] natural movement. You certainly feel those guys out there. I know they’re excited about just continuing to get more and more familiar with the terminology of the system.”

Talib — who played under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips in Denver — is more familiar with the Rams’ scheme. But Peters, who McVay characterized as “having a great feel for the game,” is also learning quickly.

“I think I learn fast, so it’s just me taking on as much as I can take on,” Peters said. “When I don’t know, I ask questions and keep it going like that, but I think I learn fast.”

Though it is still early in Phase III of the offseason program, Peters has already been taking full advantage of his resources, “gradually building a relationship” with his new part Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey ner on the outside.

“We’re just gradually building a relationship and it’s going to get better and better as we go week to week and day to day,” Peters said of his relationship with Talib. “Why not take what he does and his knowledge of the defense? Our play style is similar so why not listen and learn from him?”

And Talib, as an 11-year NFL veteran, is more than happy to take on the role of mentor.

“He’s learning the defense. I pretty much got a grasp of the defense, but he’s learning the defense,” Talib said. “He sits next to me in meetings, asks questions, and I’m there for him. I’m going to help as much as I can, but he’s a natural athlete [and] a natural playmaker, so he’s going to be OK.”

While Peters and Talib are at different stages in terms of their comfort with the club’s defensive scheme, they both seemed to agree on one thing. Both cornerbacks mentioned just how “crucial” these OTA sessions will be, as they continue to fit into the Rams defense.

“This is the time where you really build that camaraderie on and off the field,” Talib said. “Just to get the feel for [how] everyone plays, see how the safety plays, the safeties can see how we play a Joe Carter Jersey nd vice versa.”

“You can say we got all these big names and we got this person or that person, but if we don’t make it gel, then it ain’t going to do nothing for us,” Peters added. “We’ve got to come in and learn each other. It’s going to be a learning process for us throughout these OTAs, going into minicamp and then going into training camp.”

CB Aqib Talib Makes Third-Straight Appearance on NFL’s T Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey op 100 List

CB Aqib Talib was voted by his peers as the No. 53 player, becoming the fourth Ram to appear on the list this year.

Cornerback Aqib Talib was voted by his peers as the No. 53 player on the NFL’s 2018 Top 100 — becoming the fourth Rams player to appear on the list this year.

Highly regarded as one of the best cornerbacks in the league, the Kansas product continues to play a Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey t an elite level even headed into his 11th NFL season. Talib’s 34 career interceptions are the most by any cornerback since he was drafted in 2008. Plus, his 10 career pick-sixes are the most among any active defensive back and the third-most in NFL history.

Before joining Los Angeles this offseason, the dynamic corner had an impressive four-year run with the Broncos — consisting of four Pro Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl Championship in the 2015 season.

This year, he is expected to join Marcus Peters in the Rams’ secondary to form one of the most elite cornerback tandems in the NFL.

The 2018 Top 100 List marks Talib’s fourth-career and third-straight appearance. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, and Peters were also named Top 100 players earlier this month.

The NFL Network will continue to air its “Top 100 Players of 2018” series every week, leading up to the final 10 athletes on Monday, June 25. Episodes will air live on NFL Network every Monday at 5 p.m Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey . PT.

Fans can see the full list as it is revealed week-by-week, and can read the fu Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey ll analysis of each ranking at NFL.com/top100.

10 Obser Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey vations from OTA No. 1

Team insider Myles Simmons shares 10 of his top observations from the first Rams OTA of 2018.

Team insider Myles Simmons shares 10 of his top observations from the first Rams OTA of 2018.

1) The offense looked really sharp. Quarterback Jared Goff was accurate with his passes early and often, hitting receivers in stride on regular drops and off play-action. Goff said himself after practice that he felt sharp and comfortable on the field, and it showed. Overall, it didn’t look like a team playing an offense for the first time. And that should be the case, considering the club is in its second year under head coach Sean McVay.

2) Speaking of McVay, he was just as active as ever on the field — running around from drill to drill. If you’ve ever had a coach tell you, “If you’re walking, you’re wrong,” that is the essence of the Rams’ head coach. He’s never stationary and never walking. And he often encourages the players to jog from drill to drill, as well as on and off the sideline.

3) Even in the early, individual stages of practice, it was easy to see why Los Angeles wanted to add wide receiver Brandin Cooks. He has a very strong ability to snatch the ball out of th Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey e air and bring it to his body. There was a pass from a coach in war Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey mups moderately off-target to Cooks and he nevertheless reeled it in. That was before he even put his gloves on during the group sessions. It’s not much, but it’s an indication of his considerable talent.

4) When the offense was going through routes against air, Goff connected with wide receiver Mike Thomas on a deep pass on the left side of the field. Thomas looked like he ran a solid route and Goff hit him in Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey  stride as Thomas ran into the end zone.

5) During team drills, Goff faked a handoff on the left, rolled to his right, threw on the run and hit wideout Josh Reynolds in stride on an intermediate pass toward the right sideline. It was a play that displaye Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey d Goff’s chemistry and timing with his receivers, even in this stage of the offseason program.

6) As it did during much of last season, the offense varied its tempo throughout much of the practice. That’s not necessarily a surprise, considering how the unit went about its business in 2017. However, doing it during the first OTA is an example of Los Angeles getting more comfortable in the scheme and mastering the system — rather than just learning it.

7) Cornerback Aqib Talib called McVay’s offense “crazy” because of the movement that goes into it. Cornerback Marcus Peters called the scheme “crazy unique” with the way the unit varies temp Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey os. Both said they feel like going against the offense will end up making the defense better in the long run.

8) There are plenty of candidates, but Goff’s best pass of the day was probably a deep ball to Cooks during 7-on-7 drills. Cooks darted down the left side off the line of scrimmage, Goff fired the pass and hit the speedy Oregon State product in stride at about the five-yard line, allowing Cooks to easily make it into the end zone. Aside from Goff’s arm strength and Cooks’ speed, the pass illustrated Goff and Cooks have already established some chemistry.

9) On one play during 11-on-11 drills, cornerback Marcus Peters, cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, and safety Lamarcus Joyner all converged on a deep ball in the corner of the end zone. The trio pulled up in order to avoid contact and potential injury, but there’s clearly already some chemistry getting established in the secondary.

10) A pair of young defenders made impact plays during 11-on-11 drills. Rookie defensive lineman Justin Lawler — selected No. 244 overall in the 2018 draft — broke up a pass down the field on a seam route. And college free agent signee Curtis Mikell picked off a pass on the defense’s right, jumping a route to get his hands on the football.

Rams Host Play 60 Event for More Than 1,000 Youth From Across Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey Region

In partnership with the American Heart Association, the Los Angeles Rams hosted a PLAY 60 Field Day at Cal Lutheran University for more than 1,000 youth from 16 different schools.

In partnership with the American Heart Association, the Los Angeles Rams hosted a PLAY 60 Field Day on Friday, May 4th at Cal Lutheran University for more than 1,000 youth from 16 different schools across the Los Angeles region to culminate this year’s NFL PLAY 60 Challenge, a four-week program that engages students in physical activity and inspires youth to get the recommended 60 minutes of daily-physical activity. In January, the Rams held a NFL PLAY 60 Challenge kickoff event at the team’s headquarters in Agoura Hills to welcome the teachers and school administrators participating in the initiative.

With countless stations set up on Cal Lutheran University’s football field, Rams linebacker SAMSON EBUKAM, tight ends GERALD EVERETT, TEMARRICK HEMINGWAY & TYLER HIGBEE, and defensive lineman ETHAN WESTBROOKS led youth in football-related activities such as 40-yard dashes, flag football contests and obstacle courses. Players would often demonstrate the correct ways to complete each drill and would even engage i Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey n some friendly competition with the elementary school students.

“I think I’m having more fun than they are,” said tight end Tyler Higbee. “They have so much energy… I just remember when that was me, so it’s nice to provide the same joy for these kids.”

For John Nuffer Elementary student Cynthia Ortega, it was an opportunity to interact with individuals who she thought she’d only ever see on TV. She didn’t know it could get better than watching her favorite team play on Sundays, until she was interacting with some of her favorite players at a PLAY 60 event.

“Seeing them on the TV is nice,” said Ortega. “But meeting them in person, that’s a lot better.”

Having been affected by some of the issues that American Heart Association strives to support, tight end Gerald Everett serves as an ambassador and volunteer for AHA. He also remembers some of the PLAY 60 events he attended as a child in Atlanta and how those experiences cemented his passion for football. 

“Peopl Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey e in my family’s past have struggled with heart disease and high blood pressure so I feel like I should play a part and do what I can for the American Heart Association,” said Everett. “It seems like yesterday when I participated in my first PLAY 60 event as a kid with the Falcons back in the city of Atlanta, so I wasn’t going to miss the chance to come out and PLAY 60…I really can’t say enough about these kids.”

Schools that participated in the Rams’ PLAY 60 Challenge at Cal Lutheran University were: John H. Nuffer Elementary (Norwalk), Meyler Street Elementary (Torrance), Rancho Vista Elementary (North Rolling Hills Estates), Santa Isabel Elementary (Boyle Heights), St. Anthony Parish School (Long Beach), St. Franis of Assisi School (Silver Lake), St. Paul the Apostle (Westwood), Trinity Lutheran School (Hawthorne), Valor Christain Academy (Redondo Beach), Western Avenue Elementary (South Central Los Angeles), Warner Avenue Elementary (Holmby Hills), Webster Elementary (Long Beach), West Hollywood Elementary (West Hollywood), Westchester Lutheran School (Westchester), Willard Elementary (Pasadena/Rosemead), and Wilmington Park Elementary (Wilmington).

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The organization funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies, and provides critical tools and information to save and improve lives.

Since the program’s inception in 2006, the Rams’ PLAY 60 Challenge has engaged over 136 schools and organizations and over 31,000 student Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey s. Since returning to Los Angeles, the Rams have engaged 83 schools and more than 19,789 students through the PLAY 60 program.

For more information about the Rams’ PLAY 60 initiatives, please visit therams.com/play60.

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Like several of the players in this year’s rookie class, Perez has forged a unique path to the Rams.

The Rams added another quarterback to their roster this week, signing undrafted free agent Luis Perez.

Although he wasn’t a well-known quarterback prospect heading into 2018, Perez has made a habit of proving doubters wrong throughout his short playing career — and he did enough at the team’s rookie tryout to garne Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey r a spot on the roster.

“It’s a dream come true, that’s all I can say,” Perez said Tuesday. “Being able to come out here and compete with all of these guys and show them what I’m made of, I’m just really grateful for the opportunity.”

Like several of the players in this year’s rookie class, Perez has forged a unique path to the Rams — having never played high school football. Growing up, the future quarterback dedicated the majority of his time to another sport, bowling.

“I chose that over football, obviously,” he said. “I would compete in tournaments throughout high school, all over California. I kind of fell in love with it.”

But one day, duri Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey ng his senior year of high school, Perez felt himself called toward a different sport.

“I went to the last home game when all my buddies were on the football team. And so I’m sitting in the stands, I’m looking around and I’m seeing everybody coming out of the tunnel,” Perez recalled. “I’m like, ‘holy cow what am I doing up here? I need to be down there.’ That was the moment I decided it was time to play football.”

From that point forward Perez fought his way up the roster from the ninth-string quarterback to the starting signal caller at Southwestern College, before moving on to Texas A&M-Commerce, where he led the Lions to a Division II National Championship. 

Last season, he threw for 5,001 yards and 47 touchdowns, with just 11 interceptions en route to the Harlon Hill Trophy Award — the Division II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.

“What a great story, the background, the family history and what an impressive guy,” head coach Sean McVay said of Perez. “Everybody that I’ve talked to just really can’t say enough about the human being, but then when you just watch him in terms of natural base balance, body position to deliver the ball — he earned the right to be able to be on this team and carve himself out a role.” 

And like McVay, Perez does not seem worried about his lack of experience at the Division I level. By not getting caught up in the “small school” narrative, Perez hopes to be able to compete at the highest level and prove himself once again.

“I’m a big believer [that] everything happens for a Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  reason and I’m here for a reason,” he said. “It’s just an awesome experience to be a part of this great organization. I’m just here to compete with myself every single day and be the best that I can be. The rest will take care of itself.”

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