What to watch for in Week 2 @ Cleveland:
1. The health and cohesiveness of the offensive line. Back in Week 1 against the Vikings, the O-line was flat out offensive allowing rookie QB Sam Bradford to be sacked 4 times on only pass plays. For most of the game the line was sluggish, struggling to move the D-line as a unit. It is imperative for Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo to sync up his starting front line so he isn’t forced to pull Bradford off the field for fear of injury.
AJ Feely will be the starting QB in week 2 against the Cleveland Browns. Sam Bradford will play with the 2′s (second team).
2. How much playing time will Sam Bradford get? Coach Spagnuolo faces a double edged sword when it come to Sam’s PT. In week 1, Bradford showed that he can get back up after being knocked down, but how many times do you want your prize player knocked down when the games don’t matter? The Vikings D went through the O-line like turnstiles. If the defensive ambush continues, can the Rams afford to leave him on the field as a sitting duck while the offensive line finds it’s groove? Bradford needs PT to find a rhythm with the 1st team as we move closer to the start of the regular season. Or do they let backup QB AJ Feely take the brunt of the hits?
3. How healthy are the backs? If the Rams want to rack up a few wins this season, much is needed from stud running back Steven Jackson and rookie left tackle Rodger Saffold. Jackson is coming off back surgery in April and missed week 1 of the preseason against Minnesota. As of Thursday 08/19/10, Jackson and the Rams coaching staff have yet to decide if Jackson will suit up for week 2 in Cleveland. If he plays, look for Jackson to play only 1-2 series as the team looks to save Jackson’s back for the regular season. At Monday’s practice, left tackle Rodger Saffold suffered a back injury that is only considered to be minor as he returned to practice on Tuesday. Any time a 6’5 318 pound tackle has a back injury it has to create some concern moving forward.
Next up for the Rams Report? How the Rams can win 5 games before the bye.
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Written by Bear Heiser
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