ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Rams have wrapped up its preseason with an 0-4 record. The team announced Saturday its cuts to make the roster “game ready” at 53. Before they prepare to take on Seattle in Week 1, I take a look at five takeaways from the team’s preseason.
1) The Offensive Line Will Struggle
After four games of seeing the youth that Fisher has talked up so much, it’s not hard to see that the O-Line may be in some trouble. Robinson looks to have taken a step forward, but still struggles with penalties. Saffold, can never be sure with his injury history. It looks as if Tim Barnes won the Center position, after Barret Jones was cut, but he’s never started a full season in the NFL. Jamon Brown and Rob Havenstein have shown signs of skill but they got roughed up during the exhibition contests. Will it change? Who knows. But the talent just gets tougher starting next week.
2.) Defense Could be Top 5
There is no doubt the group on defense is one of the more talented in the league. Aaron Donald tore it up during preseason and makes the front four dominant. Akeem Ayers brings a winning background to the group of Linebackers, and the secondary can use their big hits to their advantage. The biggest key to that group is consistency. With Gregg Williams in his second year with the team, they know what they need to do on the field.
3.) The Offense Looks Connected
Nick Foles is healthy and that should make everyone excited. Frank Cignetti has taken the reigns and so far the play call looks vanilla. Run, run, pass, run, punt (with the occasional awesome TD pass to Chris Givens). Foles has built chemistry with the OL and the WR core and he has shown his power arm when he needs it. Yes, Jeff Fisher is more run-oriented in his play calls but with Foles under center this could be a special group.
4.) What Effect Can Gurley Have on This Team
Fisher has already announced that Gurley will not suit up for week 1. Gurley dominated the SEC and expectations are still very high for this young RB. Tre Mason will be the starter for the team until Gurley is healthy (as long as he stays healthy). But this team won’t make a playoff run with just Mason, they need a combination of everyone. Gurley can be a game changer for this team, but the key is “CAN BE.” Everyone continues to say Gurley can dominate the league. We will have to wait and see.
5.) Avoid the Slow Start
The biggest problem last season for the Rams was consistency. The defense struggled the first six gams of the year which gave them a poor record. After that the team clicked and dominated the league defensively. Offense never really got it started other than big plays here and there. If the Rams want to compete this year they have to play the first game like it’s the playoffs. They have to come out screaming and they cannot give up big plays (defensively or offensive penalties). If they figure this problem out then the NFC may be in for a rude awakening.
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