Each weekday, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here's a look at what's out there for Wednesday August 8th about your Los Angeles Rams:
WHAT TO WATCH
Austin Knoblauch of NFL.com wrote about what to for in each of the preseason Week 1 matchups. The Rams will face the Ravens on Thursday evening, following a two joint practices and walk-thru in Baltimore.
Here is what Knoblauch says to watch for on Thursday:
Rams: Is the defense soft in the middle? The relative inexperience at the position could be a concern heading into the season. Veteran Mark Barron likely won't see much (if any time) in the preseason as he recovers from shoulder and heel surgeries. The rest of the group only has a handful of starts between them. With the Rams and Ravens holding joint practices this week before the game, the two teams will be familiar with one another -- let's hope that wards off any potential chain-snatching incidents between Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree.
Ravens: Joe Flacco says he plans to play against the Rams after staying on the sidelines during the Hall of Fame Game. Flacco, by all accounts, is having the best training camp of his career. That's not surprising considering the team's decision to draft Jackson, and it also shouldn't surprise anyone if Flacco tries to torch the Rams before exiting. Jackson looked very much like a rookie last week against the Bears, even if he and coach John Harbaugh were fine with the performance.
SECONDARY VS. JACKSON
Pro Football Focus also previewed Thursday's matchup as part of its 'PFF NFL Press Pass'. According to the "preview team", don't count on a long look at the Rams' much anticipated secondary and keep an eye on quarterback Lamar Jackson.
How long, if at all, will we see the new-look Rams secondary?
The Rams are under the microscope after another contract hold out from All-Pro Aaron Donald, but they did their fair share of spending in free agency this season. They brought in Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters in the secondary, improving to our No. 3 ranked secondary in our preseason rankings. It's likely we don't see much of Talib, Peters or other new-signing Ndamukong Suh, but if we do, how they fuse together on the field is just one of many storylines to watch in LA this preseason. – Cam Mellor (@PFF_Cam__)
Lamar Jackson's second pro appearance
Lamar Jackson made his NFL debut in the Hall of Fame game, and his play was up and down, finishing with a PFF game grade of 52.8. Even so, there is no denying that Jackson possesses talent both inside and outside the pocket. While inconsistent in two quarters of action versus the Bears, he'll need to be much better against a new-look Rams defense. – Charles Miller
RAMS' CHEERLEADERS MAKES HISTORY
Rams' cheerleaders Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies are making history this season, becoming the first male NFL cheerleaders.
Peron and Jinnies made the Rams' squad in March, and according to CNN's David Williams, inspired Saint's cheerleader Jesse Hernandez to try out for the 'Saintsations' cheer team. Hernandez, along with Peron and Jinnies will be the first male cheerleaders to dance alongside their female teammates in NFL history.