LONDON -- Todd Gurley reared back to throw a rugby ball down a steep hill through spitting rain to his All-Pro defensive tackle teammate.
"Aaron, go deep!"
With an England rugby sign overhead and the woods behind him, the contrast between the American football players' usual Los Angeles digs and their quaint Pennyhill Hotel locale could not have been more stark.
The ball fell well short and to the right. Aaron Donald shook his head, his practice work done for the day, off down a dirt path back to do whatever professional athletes do while holed up in a five-star British hotel and spa.
"We talked to them in advance. We told them today is the day you are going to feel better. We tell them they are going to feel better. And they feel better," Jeff Fisher cracked to the media on Thursday after a two-hour practice.
"He takes a slant and goes 70 yards ... There's not a lot of guys other than Julio (Jones) that can do that," Fisher said.
The Rams coach also downplayed any downside that comes from Beckham's emotions, saying that his emotions partly make him great.
"Every play is important to him," Fisher said. "He blocks. He's into the offense."
Fisher said that Beckham has "settled down completely" the last few games.
The Rams' secondary insisted it won't try to bait Beckham into a meltdown, assuming he plays after missing practice Wednesday and Thursday. Then again, some of the Rams' defensive leaders, from linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety T.J. McDonald, were involved in Beckham losing his cool the last time these teams played.
Jenkins' excellent play stands in contrast to the play of the Rams secondary, especially against Detroit last week. Rams No. 1 cornerback Trumaine Johnson was seen wearing a brace on his high ankle sprain Thursday and is not expected to play this week. The Rams chose to keep Johnson with the franchise tag and were not able to retain Jenkins in free agency.
"The attention goes to Aaron," Fisher said about what's happened to Donald the last few games. "It goes right to Aaron. ... Basically when (Quinn) is on the edge, the firepower on the edge there requires help. Takes one person out of the route distribution."
It's hard to overstate Quinn's importance to this defense. Having one All-Pro defensive lineman is a huge edge. Having two on the same team is a problem for opponents with no easy solutions.
"It feels like it's been long," running back Todd Gurley said with some resignation of the team's London trip.
"Growing up, who would have imagined I'd be playing football in London?"