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RamView: Preseaon Week 4 – Secondary

* Secondary: This was another kind-of-disappointing area for the team tonight. The DBs had more and more trouble with the Raven WRs as the night went on. If Bradley Fletcher’s supposed to be a starter, I don’t need to see the likes of Troy Smith and Demetrius Williams (6’2”) picking on him like he’s Danny Gorrer or something. The Rams also made somebody named Justin Harper (6’3”) look like a force, another big receiver they struggled with, and we DO NOT need to see that with Larry Fitzgerald coming in next week. Fletcher did have a pass breakup at the goal line, and Baltimore failed to score on the drive, but Williams beat him for 20 and 18 yards to get down there. Discouraging night for Fletcher after he coated Randy Moss last week. The biggest reason the Rams won this game is because Troy Smith is awful. I cannot believe Ron Jaworski actually suggested three weeks ago that Smith would beat out Marc Bulger in Baltimore. Troy was clearly the 4th-best QB on the field tonight, repeatedly missing very-open receivers. I know Justin King got beat deep once but lucked out, and he wasn’t alone. Darian Stewart, though, was a bright spot. He is a very solid tackler and looks assignment-sound. He’s always where he’s supposed to be.

The rest of the secondary looked more questionable tonight than they had all preseason, not the kind of momentum you want heading into September, though thumbs up to Quincy Butler for knocking the final Hail Mary pass out the back of the end zone.


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