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Rams Lose 2013 Preseason Opener


The Rams first preseason start of 2013 was less than impressive.  The final score, Ram 19 – Browns 27, was mostly a function of Rams mistakes and turnovers; which in theory is ok.  (Once again) the Rams are a very young team and need the preseason to iron out wrinkles.  More veteran squads use the preseason to stretch out and dust off cobwebs, but this time is essential to the Rams.

There are several positives coming out of this contest:

1 The statistical performance of Sam Bradford was top notch.  He went 5 of 8 for 102 yards, 1 TD, and a pass completion ratio of 62.5%.  His QB Rating was 145.8.

2 The Rams desperately need to extend the length of the field and develop receiving threats.  Two Rams receivers made positive 2013 debuts with long distance receptions and scores.  First, to no one’s surprise, WR Chris Givens went 3-3, pulled in a game long catch of 59 yards, and scored a TD.  Later in the game a surprise face showed up.  Raymond Radway also completed 3 receptions, grabbed a 53 yarder, and scored a TD.  There’s not much info out there about Radway (except he was a collegiate speedster for Abilene Christian prior to his pro career).  He was first signed by the Cowboys in 2011 as an undrafted free agent.  Shortly afterwards he suffered a broken leg in a (2011) preseason game against the Dolphins.  Keep your eyes on Radway.  He could turn out to be one of the offensive weapons the Rams have been looking for.

Next week the Rams take on the Green Bay Packers in St Louis.  We’ll look for improvement across the board in the Rams first preseason home opener.

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