Preseason Week 1 Preview

Rams football is back!  It is the first preseason game, but still, football!  Enjoy it, people.  The Rams will be taking on the Colts, who presumably will be without star QB, Peyton Manning.

TV

Pigskin Arch has the breakdown of where the game will be shown locally in and around St. Louis.  Additionally, if you are out of market, sign up for Preseason Pass on NFL.com for $20 to get all four games LIVE.

What to Watch For

Wide Receiver – The Rams biggest competition this training camp and preseason will be at wide receiver.  Previous starters Donnie Avery, Danario Alexander, Brandon Gibson and others are on the bubble.  Any good performance will go a long way towards cementing a roster spot.  Regardless of which team offense and quarterback is in the game, each wide receiver needs to impress.  Don’t read too much into the starting lineup, instead focus on who gets the most targets.  Targets mean two things.  First and foremost, it means that the play was drawn up for them and they were one of reads for the play.  Secondly and simply, it means that they were able to get open in the eyes of the quarterback.  Both are very important going forward.  That all being said, what each player does with their targets is also highly important.  Catching the football and making plays with catch the eye of fans and the Rams coaches.

Corner Depth – The Rams have lost nickel corner Jerome Murphy for most, if not all of the season to an injury and with the Fletcher and Bartell’s injury histories, the Rams depth at corner will be of very high importance.  Last season, the Rams were vulnerable to 3rd and 4th wide receivers and need to shore up that aspect of their defense.  The Rams brought is seasoned veteran Al Harris, who should add much needed experience to the squad.  But Harris will not be all the Rams need in the secondary as they need some improvement from their young corners as well.

Special Teams – The Rams have proven that playing well on Special Teams is a great way to the squad for young Rams.  Dom Curry and Chris Chamberlain have both made the squad in previous years due to their abilities on special teams.  Keep your eye out for the next young Rams player to earn himself a roster spot with his play on kickoffs and punts.

Go Rams!

 


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