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Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans: Winners & losers

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The Rams played their final preseason game, and now the roster gets cut to 53. Did any of the fringe players play themselves on or off the team?

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Did you expect to see Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff sling some beauties off his back foot to WR Robert Woods? Were you hoping for a 25-year scamper from RB Todd Gurley II to seal the game for the Rams in their Week 4 preseason game in Houston?

No. Of course you didn’t, this was about the non-household names. The coaching staff needed to do their due diligence as they make their final decisions in getting the roster to 53.

So, did anyone move the needle positive or negative?

Winners

LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

I’ll admit it. I have a problem. I’m in the tank for this guy. But his strip-sack in the first half proves that he has the goods. Folks, 7 tackles and 2 sacks! Put Okoronkwo on the outside, and wait for good things to happen.

WR KhaDarel Hodge

Even with this spectacular performance, Hodge isn’t a lock to make the team on Saturday...but man, can this kid play. He averaged 15.2 yards per catch and turned a lot of heads — could he push out WR Mike Thomas or WR JoJo Natson for the last spot? The answer is probably no, but the decision isn’t going to be easy.

Losers

QB Brandon Allen

This is starting to feel like Groundhog’s Day:

Two interceptions against a bunch of scrubs on the Houston Texans isn’t the way to make the team. Allen is most likely going to be cut by the LA Rams on Saturday, and this game is just another example why he’s not worth keeping as the third-string QB.

WR Nsimba Webster

I know it sounds strange to list a pass catcher with a touchdown reception as a loser, but he needed more than 4 receptions for 38 yards to make the club. I like Webster a lot, but it feels like it’s not his year to make the squad. Maybe he’ll catch on with the practice squad and make some noise next preseason. because the kid has talent.

RB John Kelly

Even though he only had four touches, Kelly did nothing on Thursday night. His spot on the 53-man roster is probably safe, but he did very little to make the case for touches in Week 1 vs. the Carolina Panthers.