1. On the Receiving End
No position battle has been watched and scrutinized more closely in this camp than the one taking place at wide receiver.
That competition should amp up another notch this week when coach Steve Spagnuolo has indicated that the Rams will likely work some different wideouts in with the first group in addition to the usual starters
In other words, it could be an opportunity for guys like
Surely, the wide receiver competition will carry into the final week of the preseason next week in Jacksonville but this might be the most prime chance for someone to make a difference and show they belong.
2. Outside ‘Backers
The outside linebacker spot is to the defense what the receiver position is to the offense. There is a lot of competition and players are jockeying for position be it through the defense, on special teams or a combination of the two.
For the first two preseason contests, the Rams went with
This week, Leber and Poppinga will make their first start flanking middle linebacker
The veterans have practice with the first team all week and will now get their chance to make a statement against the Chiefs.
3. Stepping Up at Safety
Stewart practiced with the first team on Tuesday and Wednesday and appears poised to get his shot to line up in the secondary next to
The Rams have used Stewart plenty in the preseason, especially in nickel situations where he works as the WIL linebacker more often than not.
But this week, they want to give him a chance to show what he can do in the base defense.
Stewart is guaranteed nothing but like the rest of his teammates at this time of year, he’s getting a shot to better his position on the depth chart.
4. Running With Purpose
The Rams opened the preseason with a terrific performance in the rushing attack, pounding away at the Colts with 169 yards on 41 carries with two rushing touchdowns.
Last week, with running back
Of course, the Rams didn’t have their starting offensive line intact and faced a more physical Titans defense.
This week, Jackson will get his first chance to run behind the projected starting line. While the entire offense is hoping to get a rhythm, it could start up front with the running game.
The Chiefs play a stout 3-4 defense and should provide a good challenge for Jackson and Co.
5. Consistency is King
The Rams opened last week’s game with a big strike as quarterback Sam Bradford hit Brandon Gibson for an 83-yard touchdown on the game’s opening play.
After that, there were big plays here and there for the first-team offense but it was unable to string any together.
This week, the Rams will look to find the type of play in, play out consistency that is needed to put together drives and put up points.
Keep an eye on drive times and first down numbers. Even if the Rams don’t post a ton of points, they’ll want to at least keep drives moving and prove that they’re grasping offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ offense well enough to move the ball consistently.