This Saturday the St. Louis Rams will be hosting the Green Bay Packers in the second preseason game for both teams. Since there's no reason to worry about wins and losses right now, we are turning our eyes towards the Rams rookies.
Many of the rookies looked good against the New Orleans Saints, but now it's time to focus on this week's challenge. Let's look at which rookies you should watch for against the Packers.
The rookie left guard had a solid game last week against the Saints. Robinson will be facing a different test against Green Bay. This time, Robinson will have to do his best to block against a 3-4 team. While the Packers don't have the best defense, it could prove to be a bigger headache for him. Robinson will see something different, with more linebackers blitzing. Everyone knows that Robinson has the athleticism to play in the NFL, but will he be able to keep the mental mistakes down? Well this week should give us a good indicator.
The undersized rookie nickel corner back Lamarcus Joyner held his own last week. While he didn't have to make many plays on the ball he made some impressive tackles. In Joyner's defense, making plays while keeping the player in front of you is a hard task, but it was hard not to like what was seen of Joyner. Oh yeah, and keep an eye on him playing some snaps at safety.
Westbrook was a big surprise, because not a lot was said about him until a couple of practices prior to the game last week. He finished the game with three tackles and two quarterback pressures. Westbrooks has a realistic chance of making the team, however he will have to beat out Michael Sam for a position. Can he keep up the good play this week? We'll see...
Last week, the three starting corner backs missed the game, so it gave Gaines a chance to make an impression, and he found a way to do just that. Like I mentioned when I discussed Joyner, the defensive backs kept the receivers in front of them so that they could make tackles, and Gaines looked good tackling. Gaines finished the game with 6 tackles and didn't miss one of those; he also finished with a pass deflection. These are positive signs and with more games like last week, he could find a way to get on the field during the regular season.
Mason has a long way to go to become a backup to starter Zac Stacy. Even though last week against the Saints he looked okay, it was against the backups. This week it would be nice to see Mason have another solid game, as he tries to convince the coaching staff that he deserves to play with the second team. If Mason can show good pass blocking this week, he'll close the gap between him and Benny Cunningham.