OXNARD—ON Wednesday, the Los Angeles Rams took the field to begin their voluntary Organized Team Activities, or OTAs, with no. 1 overall pick Jared Goff throwing to veterans and rookies alike. However, the absence of five-year veteran quarterback Nick Foles dominated talk before and following the practice session.
"I explained to the players, as it has been correctly reported this morning, that [Foles] has not been here and participated in the offseason program since the draft," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said following Wednesday's two-hour session. "I've had conversations with Nick, and we're on the same page. And we're going to work things out."
Fisher insisted that Foles' situation is based on the business side of the game and that the coach did not hold any animosity toward Foles' reluctance to take part. Instead, the 58-year-old coach almost sounded supportive of the quarterback's decision to skip out on the voluntary workouts.
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"We're trying to work things out," Fisher said. "It has nothing to do with Nick not wanting to come in and compete. He's very competitive."
Fisher continued, "I think Nick has the feeling that if things stay the same, he's probably not going to be on the roster. But beyond that, it was more of a mutual thing. Not that we said, 'don't come.' It was just, 'Coach, I'd rather stay away until we get things worked out.' And I said, 'I'm fine with that.'"
Other players like running back Todd Gurley II and wide receiver Tavon Austin also expressed understanding of Foles' situation with the former stating that he had texted with the quarterback. Austin also pointed to the business side of the NFL when asked about the situation.
Goff, whose arrival on the roster put Foles' spot in jeopardy, opted to stay silent when asked about Foles' not being at OTAs.
"I don't know anything about that," Goff said on the topic. "That's between coach and Nick, and they're dealing with that."