Rams practice with Ravens
There was some talk that CB Aqib Talib and WR Michael Crabtree would continue their chain-inspired rivalry, but all ended up being pretty professional between the two teams.
However, there was still some tension, but that’s football, right? | Rams Wire
And a lot of Rams’ players have been taking it easy in camp so far.
Looks like Michael Brockers didn’t dress out for Rams practice today. He talked yesterday and seemed fine.— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) August 7, 2018
Yet when the starters for the Rams defense did show up on the field, they yielded positive results.
Ravens offense had struggles vs Rams D in a few sessions. First 7-in-7 opened with Flacco throwing pass to Snead in end zone picked off by Talib— Bo Smolka (@bsmolka) August 7, 2018
Jared Goff steps up
QB Jared Goff has been strong in training camp this week, with some pointing out that he had his best practice as a Ram. As you know, the development of Jared Goff has been the true narrative this offseason for the Los Angeles Rams.
Jared Goff to Brandin Cooks. pic.twitter.com/lQQ4H3PdDw— Gary Klein (@LATimesklein) August 1, 2018
Sean Mannion doesn’t even look like a backup QB
The reaction to QB Sean Mannion’s play in the first preseason game of the season has been loud and panicky.
One takeaway from the Rams first preseason game: If Jared Goff goes down, there’s no Nick Foles-esque backup to keep the team going like Philly had.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) August 10, 2018
Rams have a problem to solve at backup QB after Sean Mannion flops https://t.co/ulBcJNLbJU— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) August 10, 2018
Rookies in the mix
If you watched the preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, you most likely were impressed by rookie RB John Kelly. But the past week in camp had several positive moments for the rookie class that includes OT Joseph Noteboom and LB Justin Lawler. Lawler has been getting a bunch of snaps in camp so far and the guy has an impressive motor, so keep an eye on him.
@@RamsNFL / @SMU_Football's Justin Lawler was impressive enough during the Rams/Ravens joint practices to get mentioned by -- No, not biased Rams fan/writers like myself, but by--- the "other side." @GridDawgs247 pic.twitter.com/ug5YoxUx6N— GridDawgs Weekly (@GridDawgs247) August 8, 2018
Also, LB Tegray Scales was very active in the preseason game, grabbing 4 solo tackles.
With the absence of OL Jamon Brown for the first two games of the season, Joseph Noteboom has a chance to impress in these preseason games and just might get the start. Fellow rookie OT Jamil Demby has also showed flashes of brilliance in camp — so don’t forget about him.
Misc. Rams’ stories
Rams Wire had a piece in which Todd Gurley made it clear again that he’s not a fan of playing in the preseason. I feel ya’, Todd.
WR Cooper Kupp still gets hype because he deserves it.
And in case you missed it, we got a roster bubble happening over here, folks!