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  • The Pre-Season Starts Tomorrow Night Against Oakland, What Do You Want To See?

    The pre-season seems to get pretty mundane after the initial excitement of the first game, but I'll admit I'm looking forward to finally seeing some on-field action, and there is a lot to anticipate. I especially want to see how Henderson looks, and if he can be as explosive and versatile in the NFL as he was at Memphis. I want to see what we've got in Bortles, who should be a significant upgrade over Mannion. There are a few position battles I want to see as well, most notably Joseph-Day vs. Gaines, Kiser vs. Hagar, and Rapp vs. Christian. OL depth is additionally something I'm interested in seeing.

    Finally, Rams football is back.

  • #2
    "Are you ready for some F O O T B A L L !" Absoloootely.

    * Hope to see Kupp healthy, but not playing yet of course.
    * Goff, solid developing rate.
    * Gurley, ditto on health.


    • #3
      Sorry RealRam, I don't think you're going to be seeing any of those 3 guys except in a post game interview about how they felt their backups did.

      r8rh8rmike, good call on Henderson. That will be good to see.

      For me, I'd most like to see Allen and Noteboom get some solid reps, and then see Bobby Evans dominating in the interior. (He'll be a primary OL backup this season, so I'll feel much more comfortable with the OL this year if the rookie can show some flashes of why he was drafted 3rd round).

      The other thing I'd like to see, is Bortles have a mistake-free game. It's a new playbook for him to learn, but it should be a bit vanilla tomorrow & it's of course against the Raiders. I'll be disappointed if he looks lost &/or is caught thinking too much.


      • #4
        Originally posted by KoaKoi View Post
        For me, I'd most like to see Allen and Noteboom get some solid reps, and then see Bobby Evans dominating in the interior. (He'll be a primary OL backup this season, so I'll feel much more comfortable with the OL this year if the rookie can show some flashes of why he was drafted 3rd round).
        Based on the comments of Coach Kromer in a recent presser, it appears that he regards both Demby and Edwards as more advanced and ready to contribute than Evans, at this point. It also sounds like they like Neary a lot as the back-up Center. (Of course, Neary's fate is uncertain due to his 4 game suspension.) So, unless Evans develops a lot during this preseason, indications at this point are that he will not start the season as a primary backup, but rather as the rook at the end of the bench. If so, it's ok, even having been drafted in the third round. O lineman typically take a few seasons to get their game up to NFL level.

        In any event, I share your interest to see all these young O lineman in a game setting.


        • #5
          All I know is what we will not see.... mores the pity that they will not be handing out bottles of chocolate syrup for all the Vanilla the Rams will be passing out

          Gruden has to have a good showing. Last season was a disaster for Gruden all away around and to buy himself some "quiet" time in the media he has to get the Raiders to play like its a playoff game against the Rams. Look for a Gruden grinding game

          What I would wish to see is a Rams total shutout on defense and lite up the score board with 3rd stringers


          • #6
            Originally posted by KoaKoi View Post

            Sorry RealRam, I don't think you're going to be seeing any of those 3 guys except in a post game interview about how they felt their backups did.
            Oh, no, no. I don't want to see any of them playing (see 1st bullet).

            Yes, okay to see them being interviewed only. [Go future NFL commentators!] (^_^)

            I meant I'd like to see them continue their development, particularly Goff and Gurley, skill and health respectively.


            • #7
              of injuries first and foremost......I concur with Mike on Henderson....also looking to see what our LB's look like. There are a few battles going on there so hopefully we see some of that game time.....Oh....and Bortles......


              • #8
                I am juiced up to see Darrell Henderson. Also I hope we get a series or two with Dante Fowler on the field as he's allegedly having a monster camp. On the RB group also want to see how Malcolm Brown has healed from his injury. Probably won't get too much, but anything to show he's back to being the solid #2.

                Agreed Mike, Rams football is baaack. Go Rams!


                • #9
                  I'd like to see fewer penalties, especially penalties due to mental/organizational mistakes (illegal formation).


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                    As I'm listening, I'm wondering just how many people will be posting the usual 'We Stink' threads after this game. Well, people I've got a few secrets for you all:

                    1. This game really does not mean anything. Really. The season is only seventeen weeks long, not 21. If we lose all 4 preseason games, it won't make the world end.

                    2. This game is like swimming. Really. I can't swim. I've learned how to kick, hold my breath, I've been shown how to float, move my arms, etc., but I can't swim. Niether can these rookies. Now if I took a swimming class, I MIGHT be able to swim. This game is more like throwing the rookies into the lake - some will swim, others will swim like a rock...just like me.

                    3. Did you really expect all of our players to walk onto the field and be able to light it up? Niether do our coaches. That's why they play pre-season - to find the wheat and discard the chaff (to borrow a Biblical reference).

                    4. This is time for the coaches to EXPERIMENT! Isn't it better for them to see what plays work and which don't BEFORE the real season starts?

                    I'll accept constructive criticism, maybe even some non-constructive griping. I can't accept whining, so if ya gotta whine about the way the Rams played tonight...well, I hear that there's plenty of Alex Smith jerseys left over at the whiners pro shop.
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                  • HUbison
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                    The first preseason game of the year tells you everything you need to know about how the regular season will go. It's obvious now that Goff is going to be a bust; or maybe an All-Pro. I'm also certain that both our Offense and Defense will rank among the top 32 teams in the league. Bank on that one.

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                    The game last night did not "feel" good to me. I got an uneasy sense that we're not where we should be. I know the game meant nothing as far as winning or losing, but there just seemed to be too many mistakes, too many penalties, too many dropped passes, too many missed tackles, too many missed opportunities, and no real continuity on offense or defense.

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