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Los Angeles Rams Vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Five Vets To Watch

Here are 5 veteran players to keep an eye on when the Rams take on the Chiefs.

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The Los Angeles Rams will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in week two of the 2016 preseason Saturday at the Coliseum. We will likely see starters get a little more playing time and also see a few players get into action for the first time this year. Here are five vets to keep an eye on.

MLB Alec Ogletree

Last week was Ogletree's first time taking the field for a game since he broke his leg during week four of the 2015 season. It was also his first time playing at his new middle linebacker position as the QB of the defense. It was expectedly a rusty premier for him and the first team defense. After getting his feet wet again, it will be interesting to see how Ogletree and the defense respond to Head Coach Jeff Fisher's remarks about the run defense not being ready yet.

C Tim Barnes

The Rams starting center had a solid debut against the Cowboys. That's encouraging news even if the Cowboys defensive line is subpar. Barnes struggled last season to say the least. Can Barnes continue to build off last week and protect QB Case Keenum early on? The Chiefs defensive line is considerably more talented and tougher than the group Dallas put out last week. If QB Jared Goff gets time with the first team, I'll be watching to see if there are any issues in pass pro and handoffs under center.

TE Lance Kendricks

I'm gonna cheat a little and make this about rookie TE Tyler Higbee as well. The Rams TEs put together a solid game against the Cowboys. Kendricks caught both of his two targets for 11 yards and was solid as a blocker as well. Higbee was used more in the passing game and impressed when he caught five of six targets for 49 yards. Will Kendricks be used as more of a receiver vs the Chiefs or will we get confirmation that Higbee is the man for that job?

CB Lamarcus Joyner

Joyner was exposed on a long TD catch by WR Terrance Williams in week one. Its noteworthy because Joyner was lined up on the outside on that play, not inside at his normal position. E.J. Gaines' injury has forced the Rams nickel and dime CBs, Joyner and Coty Sensabaugh, to play more on the outside during camp. Gaines returned to practice this week and is expected to get some playing time on Saturday. Due to his lack of height, its ideal to have Joyner on the inside. He should have plenty of snaps to get back in the rhythm this week.

CB Marcus Roberson

Two cornerbacks may seem a bit redundant but its a group that is a Gaines' injury/aggravation away from being stretched out to their limits. Roberson is the more traditional "outside" corner in comparison to Joyner. Roberson logged just 15 snaps while Joyner and Sensabaugh had 30 and 27 respectively. This week would be a great opportunity for Roberson to show the coaches he's capable of filling in for Gaines in the event he can't go, allowing Joyner to stay inside.