Random Ramsdom 8/19: Another disappointing loss raises some concerns

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Don't miss out and drop an opportunity to read up on today's links. What did Saturday's game teach us about the St. Louis Rams?

Observations from Saturday's matchup -The St. Louis Rams still have yet to win in 2013 and have scored 26 points in 8 quarters. Were it not for several missed and squandered opportunities, that score would be much higher, but there are no do-overs in the NFL. Just correct the mistakes and move on.

The Rams will now regroup and prepare for an unfriendly environment as they head to Denver. Provided should be another good test for Jeff Fisher's squad in all three phases of the game,

Keep in mind, it's preseason and the Packers actually did get shutout last week, so enjoy Austin Davis' touchdown.

More potential than results - Brian Burwell of the Post-Dispatch sees that the St. Louis Rams - while still possibly hampered by some talent limitations - have more than enough potential to build an exciting and dangerous football team. It's going to take more time before both the young offense and defense really begin to click, but the most believe results will be worth the wait.

Pead continues to underwhelm - Consider it official, Rams fans - Daryl Richardson will not only be the opening day starter at running back, but will also hold that title for some time thereafter. Isaiah Pead did little to reassure fans, but all the blame cannot be placed on him as the offensive line did little at his aid. Pead has shown to be the team's best pass blocking back, however.

Lacking in fundamentals - The best teams do all the little things correctly; the worst ones don't. In that regard, it's no surprise that it took the Rams all of 58 minutes to find the scoreboard, but it goes much deeper than the offense, which struggled mightily to move the ball. Players on defense continued the trend of missed tackles and assignments from last week.

Bradford is excited for future - You may not always be able to tell by Sam Bradford's somewhat daunting, wide-eyed interview stare, but the Rams' quarterback is elated with the direction in which his team is going. Expectations for the former Rookie of the Year are higher than ever, but he insists that no one expects more out of Sam Bradford than No. 8 himself. Is this the year?

Peter King takes a training camp tour - This is much less an article about the Rams and more so a collection of observations from throughout the NFL. Sports Illustrated's King did like what he saw in the Gateway City, though, particularly one newcomer on offense.

Rookie roundup from week 2 - The majority of St. Louis' draft class played more prominent and extensive roles in Saturday's exhibition contest, most notably first-round picks Tavon Austin and Alec Olgetree. Receiver Stedman Bailey was the only healthy rookie to see less playing time. Running back Zac Stacy did not play.

Video: James Laurinaitis - Check out JL55 getting some media attention as he meets up Erik Kuselias on ProFootballTalk.

Looking for a fantasy steal at tight end? This guy may just be the late bargain you need.


These guys. Just these guys.

Go Rams!!!

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