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Random Ramsdom: 3 things to watch for in Rams vs Broncos

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Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-6 during a pre-season NFL football game at SoFi Stadium. Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images

The Los Angles Rams will travel to Denver to take on the Broncos on Saturday August 28th for their last preseason game.

Here are three things to watch for:

Bryce Perkins at quarterback

Last Saturday against the Las Vegas Raiders, McVay confirmed per Jordan Rodrigue of the Athletic that the game plan was not to have quarterback Bryce Perkins play the entire game but that was in fact the case given that McVay liked the flow of the offense with Perkins at the helm and decided against rotating in quarterback Devlin Hodges. On Monday Hodges was waived by the Rams. So if it wasn’t clear by the end the game against the Raiders, it seems clear now that Perkins has at least secured the job as the number three quarterback for the Rams. With McVay stating that Matthew Stafford's projected back up John Wolford is not in the plans for any preseason play, Perkins looks to have all four quarters on him again against the Broncos.

Running backs

Reports indicate that running back Darrell Henderson Jr will recover from a minor thumb injury in time to be at full strength against the Chicago Bears in the opener on September 12th. The question has been who will be his back up. Both candidates Jake Funk and Xavier Jones had flashes of ability against the Raiders. Funk led in yardage with 56 yards on seven carries compared to Jones’ 29 yards on seven carries. With the first look against the Los Angeles Chargers resulting in a wash in this position battle, there should be substantial weight put on the final preseason game.

Linebackers

Rookie Chris Garrett had an impressive first quarter against the Raiders including, one solo sack and one assisted. Right now, the projected outside linebackers are Leonard Floyd and Justin Hollins. Leonard Floyd had 10.5 sacks last season and will likely see a very high percentage of the snaps at his position. Hollins had four sacks in 2020. If Garrett can put together another showing like he did against he Raiders, he might be able to solidify a spot on the roster. The other OLBs on the depth chart behind the starters are Ogbonnia Okowonkro, Justin Lawler, and Terrell Lewis.

And now for today’s links:

RAMS NEWS:

Rams roster at 80 players (Rams.com)

Dick Vermeil selected as Coach Finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 (Rams.com)

Matthew Stafford explains what it’s like working with a smaller WR like Tutu Atwell (RamsWire)

Sebastian Joseph Day isn’t screwing around in 2021 (RamblinFan)

NFL NEWS:

Jaguars rookie RB Travis Etienne to undergo foot surgery, to miss 2021 season (NFL.com)

Vic Fangio believes Broncos have two quarterback ‘we can go win with’ (NFL.com)

Buffalo Bills Cole Beasley, Gabriel Davis, Star Lotulelei, Vernon Butler in quarantine after being considered close contacts (ESPN)

NFL rookie grades heading into final preseason games: Zach Wilson head of class, Trevor Lawrence gets ‘C+’ (ESPN)