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2017 Rams Rookie Report: Preseason Week 3

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Ups and downs are part of any rookie class. The same applies for the Rams but it’s mostly positive here!

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The Los Angeles Rams again see further progress from their rookie class. While Cooper Kupp was held out with a precautionary soft tissue injury,

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.

Tanzel Smart

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.

Jake Eldrenkamp

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.

Casey Sayles

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.

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.