The St. Louis Rams close out the preseason Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins. Jeff Fisher uses the fourth game of the preseason a little differently than other coaches, which means the starters could get a decent amount of playing time even after last week’s injury nightmare. Here are five players to watch in tomorrow’s game.
1. Shaun Hill
Shaun Hill has had a pretty good preseason and has shown good chemistry with the receivers. In the first preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, in which he came out as the starting quarterback, he lead the Rams on two touchdown drives.
Given that he is now the permanent starting quarterback it will be interesting to see his poise in the pocket and the confidence that he has in his young receivers and offensive line. If the Rams are going to go anywhere this season, Hill is going to be the guy which automatically makes him a player to watch.
Greg Robinson has struggled throughout the preseason and training camp for that matter which eventually lead to him not starting last week. Jeff Fisher said that all the switches from guard to tackle had been overwhelming on the rookie and that he would focus in more on guard moving forward.
The Rams drafted Robinson to improve their offensive line and hopefully Robinson can do just that. Look for Robinson to hopefully have a bounce back performance where the whole offensive line will be playing together for the first time this preseason.
3. Michael Sam
Not to say Michael Sam hasn’t had a good preseason, but Ethan Westbrooks has had a very good preseason. Sam could still make the roster if the Rams decide to keep 10 defensive lineman, but to guarantee his spot on this roster he is going to have to outplay Westbrooks and then some.
4. E.J. Gaines, Greg Reid, and Brandon McGee
With Trumaine Johnson out of the lineup for the next four to six weeks it will be up to one of these three guys most likely to take over the number two cornerback spot. The Rams would like to keep Joyner in the slot and move him to safety, which is why I don’t think they would move him to the outside.
These three guys have been battling it out all training camp and that won’t change here as the battle is no longer just for a roster spot, but to get in the starting lineup. So far this preseason Gaines and Reid have been the most impressive, but look for McGee to make a strong case.
5. Brian Quick
Quick has shown a lot this preseason, and although it is just preseason, you can’t help but be a little excited about what’s to come. The third year wide receiver has put together two straight impressive performances and will be looking to make his third. Going into the season, there is no doubt that Quick could become Hill’s favorite target and it all starts this week.
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