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Some Week 2 Thoughts


  • Some Week 2 Thoughts

    -It was a tale of two halves for Bradford; he looked hesitant in the first half and confident in the second. I like the bounce-back to help keep this game within reach, but I feel he had some trouble today seeing the entire field.

    -Richardson had a solid day - 15 touches and 80 total yards. I would have liked to see more production on the ground, but that's hard to accomplish when you go down early. It was nice to see Pead on the field, and he had some nice moves at times. Hopefully he builds on that confidence.

    -Tavon Austin had a nice second game of his career. He had one bad third down drop, but his two touchdown grabs were fantastic. It was nice to see the Rams mix him into the backfield, where he gained 7 yards as a rusher.

    -Too many drops by the receivers, but like Bradford, they also settled down in the second half. Givens quietly broke the 100 yard mark, Pettis showed why he's still starting, but even Quick got in the mix with a nice catch and run. Cook was pretty quiet today; did the Falcons focus on shutting him down?

    -They weren't awful, but I wasn't particularly impressed by the offensive line either. Saffold once again goes down with injury. He simply can't be in the Rams' long term plans at this point. I know some people don't believe in someone being "injury prone" by Rodger is going to test that belief.

    -Two sacks on Ryan by the defensive line, both Quinn and Long seemed active and I'm sure Ryan would tell you off the record he wasn't as comfortable as he would have liked to be back there. Am I reading the box score right - the Rams allowed less than 2.5 ypc on the ground? Nice work.

    -Ogletree was around the ball a lot today, but I don't think Laurinaitis or Witherspoon really stood out. James' most memorable moment was failing to cover the fullback on the game-sealing play action pass to end the game.

    -If he continues to play like he has through two weeks, I would not be surprised if the Rams opt to not pick up Cortland Finnegan's $3 million roster bonus next year and find themselves a new starting corner opposite of Jenkins. He's definitely not playing like a $10-million-per corner right now.

    -I think Rodney McLeod quietly had a nice game. He had seven tackles, and seemed to be aggressive coming up to make a tackle or in run support. I wouldn't be surprised if he held onto the starting job once Stewart was back and healthy.

    -Penalties and miscues... ugh. This is a young team and they're going to make mistakes. One positive to take away from that is here they were, still in the game until the last minute or two. Imagine what they'll be able to do when they put this behind them and play a cleaner game. There is talent here, so now the coaching staff needs to shape it.

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