ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 25: Daryl Richardson #26 of the St. Louis Rams runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on August 25, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Well, f**k. After last weeks domination by the St. Louis against the Kansas City Chiefs, I came into yesterday's game against the ol' 'Boys hoping it would be somewhat on those lines. Damn if I wasn't brought back down hard.
The Rams starting units utterly failed (special teams were great, though). The starting offense mustered a measly six points on two field goals – but damn they were a beaut. The defense got burned consistently by the likes of third string recievers Kevin Ogletree and Dwayne Harris, and gave up 20 points before the end of the first half.
Seeing how poorly the first-team players executed, lets take a look at five players that performed well enough to merit a mention.RB Daryl Richardson
While fellow rookie Isiah Pead seems to be struggling with runs between the tackles, Richardson has done well. The 22 year-old cat averaged 5.1 yards per carry, playing against Dallas' starting and second string defenses.
The undrafted rookie has been making his case for a spot on the final 53-man roster, as well as a shot at backing up the safety spots. With Darian Stewart missing playing time, Rodney even had some opportunities with the starting D. His brightest spot, in my humble opinion, was the pass break up he had in the fourth quarter.
WR Brian Quick
First off, the guy got popped hard (see the hit here, if you haven't already). He got the wind knocked out of him and he returned to the field. Upon his return, he made a 39-yard catch down the sideline, by far the biggest offensive play.
TE Mike Hoomanawanui
For a guy that is coming off an ACL injury, Big Mike is looking pretty darn good. He didn't get any snaps with the first team offense, but made two nice grabs with Kellen Clemons under center.
RT Jason Smith
Why is this dude not with the starting O? He's better than Barry Richardson – especially with that false start. He did not have his name called much in yesterday's game, but that is good for an offensive lineman – it means he didn't screw up.
Pead gets one for his kick returns. Pead also started running pretty good in the second half. I also noticed rookie G Rokevious Watkins a few times on running plays. Dude opens up holes. And then there's Greg Salas; he was M.I.A. for three quarters, until he made a nice little catch for seven yards. A few plays later (or was it the next play??), he made a uber tough catch for a touchdown. Unfortunately for him, it was overturned after the booth review.
So, what y'all think? Is there anybody else y'all would mention on here?