Rams Starters Will Face Ravens Backups

Aug 25, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; St Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford in action against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The fourth and final preseason game used to be a showcase for backups, guys fighting for a spot on the final 53-man roster. Starters scarcely saw a snap. Those days are gone. St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher reserves the right to play his starters into the third quarter of Thursday's preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

"In general, yes, a little bit more," Fisher said when asked about plans to play the starters this week. "Possibly even through halftime in the first series of the third quarter."

The Rams have a pretty good idea about which players will make the final cut, but there are still questions about players on the bubble and, more importantly, the order of the depth chart. The later is a key justification for playing the starters. Fisher explained his thinking and what he was looking for from his players in the next game.

"It's how you start," the coach said. "It's the emotion and the intensity in which you start play with. And then it's play hard consistently throughout the game, and then of course it's a little bit of everything. It's evaluate some of the younger guys. It's evaluate your starters from a block and tackling standpoint and probably most important, as everybody would say right now, is get through it healthy."

Fisher will work his players into the mix with the starters, same as last week. Running backs, receivers, defensive tackles, nickel corners, etc. will all be getting a few more turns than they might normally through the first two quarters of the game as the coaching staff makes a determination about the final look and shape of the team.

The Ravens are expected to sit quarterback Joe Flacco and most of their starters after running through an extended dress rehearsal last week.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Turf Show Times

You must be a member of Turf Show Times to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Turf Show Times. You should read them.

Join Turf Show Times

You must be a member of Turf Show Times to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Turf Show Times. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker