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Three Rams Who Didn't And Did Help Themselves/Wagoner

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  1. RamBill Well-Known Member

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    Three Rams who didn't help themselves
    By Nick Wagoner

    http://espn.go.com/blog/st-louis-rams/post/_/id/10612/three-rams-who-didnt-help-themselves

    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams dropped their second preseason game to the Green Bay Packers 21-7 on Saturday afternoon. Along the way, some players helped themselves, while others did not.

    Earlier today, we looked at three who helped themselves. Now, here's three who struggled against the Packers.

    1. The backups on the offensive line

    Considering the lack of running room against Green Bay, it might be unfair to leave the starters off of this list. But there are many questions about the lack of depth on the offensive line, and those questions remain unanswered after two preseason games. Linemen Sean Hooey and Mitchell Van Dyk struggled the most as they worked with the third-team offense. In one sequence late in the game, Green Bay linebacker Jayrone Elliott blew past Hooey on three of four plays for sacks.

    That's not to say all of the backup linemen struggled but finding a standout isn't easy at this point. Despite line coach Paul Boudreau's ability to coach up lesser talent, depth on the offensive line should remain a serious concern moving forward.

    2. Tre Mason

    The rookie running back finished with just 30 yards on 12 carries, an average of 2.5 yards per attempt. Considering he was running behind the aforementioned linemen, that shouldn't be cause for much concern. What was more of a red flag were his struggles with helping in pass protection. Mason whiffed on blitz pickup a couple of times, including once against safety Haha Clinton-Dix that led to a sack. Mason actually had a nice pickup against the Saints last week, but that memory was quickly erased with a rough outing against the Packers. It'll be hard for him to earn much playing time above guys like Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham until he gets that squared away.

    3. Chris Givens

    Once thought to be the one receiver on the roster who would play and play a lot this year, Givens has been surpassed by Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. He's playing in the preseason with the second-and third-team offenses and isn't doing much to stand out when he does play. Against the Saints, Givens was targeted twice and was unable to come up with a catch for the second week in a row. He had a chance to make a play on one jump ball against a defender but couldn't come down with it. Givens isn't getting many opportunities, and when they come, they're with backup quarterbacks. That's going to make it tough for him to move up the depth chart.
     
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    Three Rams who helped themselves
    By Nick Wagoner

    http://espn.go.com/blog/st-louis-rams/post/_/id/10609/three-rams-who-helped-themselves

    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams dropped their second preseason game to the Green Bay Packers by a count of 21-7 Saturday afternoon. Along the way, some players helped themselves, while others did not.

    We'll take a look at those who didn't later, but for now, here's three players who either helped themselves prepare for the regular season, bolstered their case for a roster spot or both with strong performances against the Packers.

    1. Sam Bradford

    We've covered Bradford's return performance at length, but it's worth noting again in this space because he's the most important player in the Rams offense. Bradford not only made it through the game healthy but was mostly sharp in delivering accurate, on-time throws save for a miss to open receiver Kenny Britt down the sideline.

    Bradford finished 9-of-12 for 101 yards and a touchdown for a passer rating of 127.4. His touchdown pass to tight end Lance Kendricks was a particularly welcome sight as he put a fastball into a tight window while standing tall in the pocket.

    2. Ethan Westbrooks and Michael Sam

    These two have been battling for a potential ninth roster spot on the defensive line all through camp, but both continued building a case for that spot on Saturday. Westbrooks was a bit more active than Sam against the Packers and actually played with the second-team defense, while Sam waited until the third group entered in the second half.

    Westbrooks played both end spots and lined up inside on occasion in his 39 snaps and was effective no matter where he played. He finished with four tackles, a sack and two quarterback hits and pushed the pocket a handful of times beyond that. Sam played 27 snaps and posted two tackles, a sack and two quarterback hits while also generating enough pressure to set up linebacker Phillip Steward's sack.

    This competition looks like it's really just heating up.

    3. Cody Davis

    Davis had a really rough first outing against New Orleans in the preseason opener, missing multiple tackles despite being in position to make the play. But Davis rebounded well against the Packers with four tackles and a fumble recovery on 28 snaps. Davis looked more comfortable against Green Bay and looks to have the inside track on a fourth roster spot at safety. He already factored into the 53-man discussion because of his value on special teams, but if he can continue to perform on defense more like he did against the Packers than he did against the Saints, he should be able to solidify his spot.
     
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