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Rams Preseason Action

August 31, 2010

In a glorified scrimmage yesterday, the Rams’ starters pounced on the Ravens’ backups and never looked back.  Sam Bradford threw 3 touchdowns in 1 1/2 quarters before coach Jeff Fisher pulled the starters.  The running backs were efficient in Steven Jackson’s absence and averaged 5.9 yards per carry between Isaiah Pead and Chase Reynolds.  Wideouts Steve Smith and Danny Amendola showed flashes of brilliance with some tough catches in traffic.

The defense was also stellar in the final tune up game for St. Louis.  They forced 4 turnovers while harassing the Ravens’ backup QBs all night.  Rookie CB Janoris Jenkins provided the highlight of the day with a 76 yard interception return for a touchdown.  The rookie has been given rave reviews during training camp and bounced back after struggling vs. the Dallas Cowboys last week.  Jenkins playmaking ability will be a huge contribution to already solid defense.  Another fellow rookie who has played well this preseason, Michael Brockers, the Rams 1st round pick went down with an ankle injury in the 1st quarter and did not return.  Doctors expect Brockers to be out of action for a few weeks, which makes St. Louis thin at defensive line to start the season.

The St. Louis Rams look to build on an awful 2011 season in which they only won 2 games.  Competition in the NFC West will be tougher than usual.  The Seattle Seahawks and defending champion San Francisco 49ers are still the class of the division.  New head coach Jeff Fisher will make his mark on the franchise and will produce a better product than last year.  The Rams are far away from playoff contention, and a 7 win season seems more realistic for this squad.

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