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Week 4: Los Angeles Rams Rookie Report

NFL: Preseason-Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams received wonderful news last week, as two rookie receivers returned from injury – fourth rounder Pharoh Cooper and undrafted rookie Nelson Spruce.

Both, however, did not partake in the victory over the Arizona Cardinals as they were game time inactives.

QB Jared Goff

With the Rams at 3-1 and heading into the fifth game of the season in first place within the division, it is becoming less likely rookie quarterback Jared Goff will see the field anytime soon. The future of the franchise was once again relegated to the role of clipboard savior.

TE Tyler Higbee

It is unclear what the Rams are doing with the rookie tight end.

Higbee, a mismatch as an athletic 6-5 249-pound move tight end. Higbee, however, was not targeted on any of his 18 snaps on offense. The Rams could use another safety valve for quarterback Case Keenum. If Lance Kendricks, who is not known for good hands, can haul in five catches for 52 yards, Higbee can do a lot more.

WR Pharoh Cooper

Pharoh practiced in his second week back from a shoulder injury but was one of the seven inactive players.

He is clearly getting back to full speed and is knocking some rust off.

Cooper established himself has the team’s third receiver behind Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt. It remains unclear if Pharoh will resume those duties once he returns, or if his chances of playing are lowered by Brian Quick’s penchant for reeling in touchdowns.

TE Temarrick Hemingway

The raw sixth round TE saw a limited amount of snaps in Arizona. The former South Carolina St. Bulldog notched eight snaps on special teams. It did not go well for Temarrick, though. Hemingway was guilty of a false start that ruined a trick special teams play.

LB Josh Forrest

The sixth round linebacker’s snap count took a dip this week. Forrest was in on just six of the defense’s 77 snaps, half of his week three total.

WR Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas continues to make quick sporadic cameos on offense. The rookie took p[art in 11 of the 59 offensive snaps. He did not receive any looks his way.

The 6-1 200-pound pass catcher also chipped in on 50-percent of the special teams plays (12 snaps).