Securing the first win of the 2019 preseason wasn’t the only thing the Rams came away pleased with.
Yes, it was a highlight of Saturday’s 10-6 win over the Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, but so too was how the second and third-team offenses operated with QBs Brandon Allen and John Wolford under center.
“Even though there weren’t a lot of points to show for it, I thought the offense moved under those guys’ leadership and got up and down the field pretty efficiently, had some sustained drives where they were able to get into a rhythm, get some plays off,” Rams head coach Sean McVay said.
Indeed, both players offered positives from their performances.
Allen’s 51-yard completion down the sideline to WR Mike Thomas on the Rams’ first offensive series led them all the way to the Broncos’ 11-yard line. Two drives later, he helped engineer a 12-play, 62-yard drive capped which led to Los Angeles’ – and the game’s – first points, a 37-yard field goal from K Greg Zuerlein.
Overall, Allen completed 12 of 19 passes for 162 yards.
“I thought overall, as an offense, we moved the ball pretty well up and down the field,” Allen said. “A lot of guys made some good plays out there.”
Wolford was also one of them.
After L.A.’s defense picked up a key third-down stop at the Denver 37, a 20-yard punt by Broncos punter Colby Wadman and illegal formation penalty against Denver gave the Rams their second-best starting field position of the night. Wolford capitalized by helping Los Angeles mount a 12-play, 52-yard go-ahead scoring drive.
His four-yard touchdown pass to WR Jalen Greene gave L.A. the lead for good, then his 8-yard scramble on the Rams’ final drive assisted in sealing the win. Wolford finished 6 of 12 passing in addition to the touchdown.
“I felt great,” Wofford said in regards to how comfortable he felt Saturday night. “From the first drive, hit J.K. (RB John Kelly) in the flat to get things going, and then from there, just kind of settled in. Once you get the first (completion), you’re good.”
While the postgame media sessions included questions about, and deserved praise for, both QBs, those same sessions also touched on the sensitive topic of cut day with the 53-man roster deadline one week away.
Blake Bortles, who rested against the Broncos, has established himself as the clear No. 2 QB, according to McVay, which means there’s likely going to be some tough decisions ahead with the position’s third spot as a result of Saturday’s efforts.
Still, that’s the way McVay wants it at every position. And if Allen and Wolford get the same opportunities against the Texans as they did against the Broncos, it will make for a compelling preseason finale for the offense next Thursday in Houston.
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