The final tuneup for many veteran players around the league is this week, the third preseason game. That’s no different for the Los Angeles Rams as they get set to take on the Los Angeles Chargers in the #FightForLA.
Some Rams players still have yet to find their groove, while others are trying to build off good recent performances. Others are in a fight to earn a roster spot. Here are five Rams to watch this Saturday.
QB Jared Goff
Mr. Goff is all the rage right now after his one great game in Oakland. The former 1st overall pick doesn’t look like his 2016 self so far and that’s the greatest news we’ve heard since Jeff Fisher got dunked on. Goff has a chance to build off last week’s game and leave himself, the Rams, and all of the fans riding HIGH into week 1 against a potentially Andrew Luck-less Colts team. I’d like to see him drive more passes down the field in this game.
TE Gerald Everett
The Rams top 2017 draft pick is another young player that flashed last week. His highly touted after the catch ability was on full display last week. This game could give us an early idea on who has the inside edge for the Rams “TE1” spot. Tyler Higbee will remain relevant in the offense but Everett has a chance to widen the gap for primary TE pass targets.
DB John Johnson
Another rookie. Johnson has been listed as a safety throughout the offseason but played exclusively as the slot CB last week. With Nickell Robey-Coleman and Kayvon Webster believed to be sat out, Johnson should have plenty of opportunity at CB this week. He was less than impressive against Oakland in the slot. Great chance for the rookie to display some versatility skills the Rams can use this year.
OT Rob Havenstein
Big Rob has been dragged through the mud for awhile now as one half of the dreaded “right side of the offensive line” but I think he’s gotten a raw deal. Being tied to Jamon Brown or Cody Wichman isn’t great for his brand. Ball and chains aside, he has to perform better than he did last year and early signs are that he’s taking to some new coaching. This week offers a tough test against duo of Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa (two severely underrated players) also trying to gear up for their final meaningful practice game.
LB Cory Littleton
Littleton was the Rams 2016 rookie of the year and is now seemingly on the roster bubble. He’s been active thus far in the preseason and will once again be seeing the lion’s share of reps at MLB this week with Mark Barron still out. I think Littleton is safe in part because of his special teams contributions but its hard to say with a new coaching staff. With competition of Josh Forrest, Bryce Hager and Ejuan Price, Littleton likely needs to prove he has the chops to play LB if needed.