Coach Sean McVay will get to work with a rookie receiver on Tuesday when Josh Norman returns to the lineup for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Oct. 7.
Norman is expected to make his first career start, and the Rams will need him to take the next step with a strong performance against the Cardinals.
Norman had two catches for 28 yards in the first half.
He was limited in practice all week.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher said in the team’s weekly news conference that he expected the rookie to have a big impact.
“We’re really excited about him, really excited for him,” Fisher said.
“Josh is a really good player.
He’s a smart kid.
He can make plays and he’s got a good feel for the game.
I think it’s going to be a good game. “
He’s got some quickness.
I think it’s going to be a good game.
The way he’s playing, he’s going be in the mix for a lot of targets, a lot more, a better chance to get open and he knows how important that is.”
Norman had three catches for 32 yards on two targets against the Bears on Nov. 12.
The Rams are hoping Norman can be their new target this week, but he needs to prove that he’s healthy.
“You want to have your young players, you want to be able to go out there and compete with your best players,” Fisher told reporters on Tuesday.
“I know he’s been working hard.
We’re just going to keep working.
That’s our goal.
That will be our focus.
I’ve been saying it all along, our goal is to get him 100 percent.”
Norman also needs to impress defensive coordinator Gregg Williams during his first game back from surgery.
“It was a tough decision to do it,” Williams said.
“[Josh] was in there a little bit, he was able to play well and he was doing great.
He had a good week, got some nice catches.”
Norman missed three games in a row from late October through the end of the season after he underwent surgery.
The 26-year-old receiver was coming off a breakout season in which he had 10 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown.
He also had four catches for 40 yards in his rookie season with the Panthers.
He will be under center for the Rams when they host the Eagles on Tuesday night.
“Just like the whole team, we’re all in this together,” Williams added.
“That’s how we all want to play, that’s what we want to do.
It was tough for Josh.
We’ll see what he’s feeling in the next few days.
I don’t know what he feels right now.
I just know that he was there in the locker room.”