The Rams' penultimate preseason matchup against the Chargers is slated for 5 o'clock on Saturday evening. Here are five players to watch during the contest.
1) QB Jared Goff — No. 16
The second-year quarterback showed significant progress with last week's performance against the Raiders, finishing 16-of-20 passing for 160 yards and one touchdown. This week, Goff will likely be challenged by a stout Chargers defense, featuring pass rushers Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. This week will likely be Goff's last appearance until Week 1, especially with clubs now having 90-man rosters for the duration of preseason play.
2) CB Trumaine Johnson — No. 22
Johnson recorded an interception in Oakland, reading a route well in man coverage to pick of quarterback Derek Carr. The veteran cornerback has performed well throughout training camp and the preseason, and should content make an impact. Saturday's matchup against quarterback Philip Rivers and receivers like Keenan Allen should present good competition.
3) WR Pharoh Cooper — No. 10**
With head coach Sean McVay announcing rookie wideout Cooper Kupp will sit out this week with a minor groin injury, Pharoh Cooper could be one of the receivers to take reps in his stead. Cooper has shown versatility in McVay's offense, learning multiple wide receiver spots. He also projects as a significant special teams contributor as a returner.
4) S John Johnson — No. 43
The rookie safety led the Rams with five total tackles last week against Oakland. Johnson is another player who has done well in practices and games during the preseason, showing he can make an impact as a third-round pick out of Boston College. He figures to see more playing time in the second half against the Chargers.
5) RB Malcolm Brown — No. 34
Now in his third year out of Texas, Brown has solidified his status as the Rams' No. 2 running back. With McVay saying starting back Todd Gurley II may play a bit less than he did in Oakland, Brown figures to get significant snaps in the first half against the Chargers.