By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78
LA Rams 21 – Houston Texans 20
People have such polarizing views on preseason. Some love to finally see their favorite players play after months of waiting, while others are happy to watch them sit and avoid injuries. Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay falls into that second camp.
When the Rams face the Oakland Raiders September 10th, most of the offensive line will not have taken a single snap together in the preseason. Too extreme of a choice by McVay? Only time will tell.
Personally, I like to see starters sit. I also like that by sitting the offensive starters all preseason, it shows that McVay has high confidence in his offense.
He did, however, choose to play defensive starters, and we got to watch corners Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh take the field. It was a strong defense that helped carry the LA Rams to a 21-20 victory over the Texans.
We’re nearing the end of the preseason and this is the time players need to make their strongest pushes for a roster spot. It always looked like Malcolm Brown was a lock as number 2 running back behind Todd Gurley, but his spot may be in danger. Brown just couldn’t seem to get things going against the Texans, recording only 11 rushing yards in six carries.
Similarly, Justin Davis had looked like the favorite to follow Brown, but after injuring his hamstring and not being able to take part in this last preseason game, it gave rookie John Kelly the opportunity to show what he was capable of. As a Rams fan, you must like what we’re seeing from Kelly.
John Kelly is better than at least half a dozen RBs taken ahead of him
— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) August 25, 2018
He’s led the team in rushing yards each game he’s seen action in – not too shabby for a sixth-round pick! If Davis is able to beat out Brown for a roster spot, John Kelly just might have a chance in becoming a part of the Rams.
Throughout training camp and the preseason games, the biggest battle has been for the fourth wide receiver position. We hadn’t seen much from Pharoh Cooper, Josh Reynolds, and Mike Thomas, the players competing for this spot. That is, until this second game. Cooper really stepped up, even recording a touchdown. While he’s a star on special teams, Cooper made it known that he’d like to play wide receiver.
The LA Rams will visit the New Orleans Saints to close out the preseason.
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