INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Standout performances by quarterback Bryce Perkins and wide Lance McCutcheon highlighted the Rams' 29-22 preseason-opening win over the Chargers Saturday night at SoFi Stadium.
Here are five takeaways from the matchup:
1) Getting an extended look at quarterback Bryce Perkins
With John Wolford getting a lot of reps during the times the Rams rested Matthew Stafford during team drills in training camp, it was Perkins who led the offense for the majority of Saturday night's game. After the Rams' first two drives ended with punts, Perkins led them to touchdowns on four of their next five drives. He was personally responsible for three of them – two touchdown passes, plus a one-yard rushing touchdown.
2) Lance McCutcheon shines
McCutcheon made the most of his playing time in the first preseason game, making an impressive 60-yard touchdown catch and also doing a nice job of high-pointing the ball on a 2-point conversion completion from Perkins.
He later came up with another go-ahead touchdown grab – from 11 yards out – to give the Rams a 29-22 lead late in the fourth quarter.
3) Experimentation along the offensive line
Each half saw a different starting combination along the Rams' offensive line.
The first half saw Alaric Jackson at left tackle, Tremayne Anchrum Jr. at left guard, Jeremiah Kolone at center, rookie Logan Bruss at right guard and Bobby Evans at right tackle.
In the second half, Jackson replaced Bruss at right guard, and Anchrum moved over to left tackle, with Chandler Brewer at left guard. The Rams also inserted rookie A.J. Arcuri at right tackle. Eventually, undrafted rookie free agent signee Jack Snyder took over at center for Kolone. Bruss also got back in at right guard in the second half.
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4) Dicker the kicker handles punt, kickoff, field goal duties
When the Rams' punt and field goal units took the field, it was Dicker doing both. In field goal situations, veteran punter Riley Dixon was the holder.
Dicker's longest punt traveled 58 yards, and he made all three of his extra point attempts.
5) Great second effort
Not to be overlooked was running back A.J. Rose avoiding a loss of yards by spinning off a would-be tackler to get into the endzone for the touchdown in the first half.