The Los Angeles Rams again see further progress from their rookie class. While Cooper Kupp was held out with a precautionary soft tissue injury,
Cooper Kupp will not play Saturday. Refunds not available.— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) August 24, 2017
This game, the Rams leaned very heavily from their rookies to step up, especially with so many starters out on both sides of the ball.
Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds
While Cooper Kupp was out nursing an injury (more likely just playing it safe), Josh Reynolds continued to impress with his second consecutive game with a touchdown.
Reynolds has thrown his name into the party and wants to also be a force to be reckoned with. Speaking of this dynamic duo, these young pass-catchers are now also drawing rave reviews nationally as well.
Don't look now, but the Rams have an exciting stable of pass catchers. Rookies Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds looks like keepers.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 27, 2017
The most productive rookie wide receivers in the NFL this preseason pic.twitter.com/KoV7asW5WE— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) August 28, 2017
Mr. Smart continues to make a name for himself, this time earning a start and playing well enough to have two tackles during the game. While Smart’s main responsibilities are clearing lanes for the linebackers mostly, it’s great to see him progress to a point where he starts ahead of veterans like Tyrunn Walker.
Rams defensive starters include Morgan Fox, Mike Purcell, Tanzel Smart, Matt Longacre, Bryce hager, Cory Littleton up front.— Joe Curley (@vcsjoecurley) August 27, 2017
Of all of the undrafted free agent rookie offensive linemen looking to make a name for himself, one man continues to receive more and more playing time as the preseason wears on.
Eldrenkamp was rumored to be very high on the Rams wish list and he played the most snaps against the Los Angeles Chargers and was the only rookie to play with the second unit.
Aside from Havenstein at RT, starters on OL are no longer in. From L-R, Williams, Eldrenkamp, Blythe, Wichmann.— Myles Simmons (@MylesASimmons) August 27, 2017
OLs Jake Eldrenkamp (57), Darrell Williams (54), Austin Blythe (54) led the offense in snaps last night. Dominique Hatfield (58) led the D.— Joe Curley (@vcsjoecurley) August 27, 2017
Wade Phillips has his hands on this defense. While showcasing Morgan Fox, Tanzel Smart, and Matt Longacre, Phillips has also seemed to maximize the talents of undrafted free agent Casey Sayles from Ohio University. Sayles has been playing surprisingly well and even co-lead the team with TFLs.
Casey Sayles balling out again. Just split a double team for a TFL.— Joe Curley (@vcsjoecurley) August 27, 2017
Casey Sayles and Josh Forrest led the team with two TFLS each. Blake Countess and Isaiah Johnson had pass breakups.— Joe Curley (@vcsjoecurley) August 27, 2017
All in all, the rookies are continuing to impress and have their last week to solidify their cases of finalizing a role with the Rams. Hopefully the continued improvement will shine into the regular season.