Rams Vs. Chiefs, Preseason Week 2: The Standouts

ST. LOUIS MO - AUGUST 14: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams passes the ball during the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings at Edward Jones Dome on August 14 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Preseason Week one was an abomination. Every media outlet crowned Andrew Luck as king after the performance he put forth versus the Rams.

Week two against the cross-state rival, Kansas Chiefs, ended with results we folks around these parts of the wood aren't very familiar with: a win.

So, with a victory being a good thing, I'll be taking a look at a few players that played productively.

The Starters

The starting units were well oiled against the Chiefs on Saturday, jumping to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter alone. Standouts here were pretty easy.

QB Sam Bradford completed six of his nine passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. 58 of those yards were made possible by the "blanky," Danny Amendola. Amendola caught everything thrown his way, including a very tough touchdown pass.

On the ground, All-Pro RB Steven Jackson gained 49 yards on seven carries.

Over on defense, weakside LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar brought some pop to a linebacking corps that, outside James Laurinaitis, has not seen any sort of intensity. He had three solo tackled all before the end of the first half.

Second-year DE Robert Quinn showed how deadly the pass rush can be this upcoming season by tallying up a sack.

Rookie sensation Janoris Jenkins also had a good outing, striping the ball away from WR Jonathon Baldwin on Kansas City's second offensive play.


RT Jason Smith has continued to play solidly in the preseason games. He went up against the Chief's starters for a good portion of the second quarter. He also played well into the second half.

WR Chris Givens wowed with his speed, taking a short yard catch for a first down. Givens ended the night with two catches for 27 yards.

Fellow rookie receiver Brain Quick displayed his physicality in the red zone. he fought and battled for yards on a catch that was initially ruled a touchdown.

Seventh-round pick RB Daryl Richardson also had a good day running the ball. The man had 35 yards on eight carries, including one that went for a touchdown.

OLB Rocky McIntosh (my favorite to win the other outside spot) picked up a sack to go along with his three tackles. McIntosh also came up with a fumble recovery.

Another rookie CB that wowed was Trumaine Johnson. The Montana product tipped a pass that led to this fat guy interception.

So those were the players that stood out to me. Of course, there were players that stood out in a negative way – Barry Richardson – but why be a Debbie Downer after a win. Is there anybody I missed? Is there someone you don't agree with? Go at it in the comment section!

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