Five Rams to watch: Preseason Week 2


With Week 1 of the preseason in the books, the Rams will be taking on the Tennessee Titans at 8pm on FOX this Sunday. While most eyes will be on Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, my eyes will be on these five under the radar Rams.

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Jamon Brown

This St. Louis rookie is the most likely candidate to start at right guard come Week 1 and he reassured those feelings against the Raiders. Brown looked solid with the first team, pushing back Raiders

May 8, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Jamon Brown (68) looks on during rookie minicamp at Rams Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

linemen on the snap. While Brown is known as a mauling, run-blocking guard, he did flash some pass blocking ability as well. With some NFL game experience under his belt, watch Brown continue to lock up the right guard job.

Stedman Bailey

There was some bruhaha during last weeks game when Chris Givens was the Rams third receiver with their first team offense. While Givens did play more snaps than Bailey, and it is interesting to think about the subtext of that move, don’t read into it too much. Bailey will likely put any thought of Givens leap-frogging him on the depth chart to bed Sunday. He will get time with quarterback Nick Foles facing a suspect Titans secondary and he could go for a big day.

Akeem Ayers

Ayers played just eight snaps against the Raiders while his competition, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, played more than double that. Despite being the early favorite, there is no clearcut choice in the OLB position battle, Ayers needs more snaps. What better time to solidify yourself on a new roster than against your former team? Look for Ayers to see more action.

Ethan Westbrooks

Going back to last preseason, Westbrooks had himself a fine one. His talent and face tatto thrust him into the spotlight and resulted in him beating out Michael Sam for a roster spot.

Fast forward a year and Westbrooks is all but forgotten. After playing in just six games last season, he is looking to show he still belongs. With competition from rookies Martin Ifedi and Louis Trinca-Pasat, the time is now for Westbrooks. Primetime, Westbrooks. Westbrooks, Primetime nice to meet you. The football world will be getting reacquainted.

Running Backs (except Todd Gurley)

Cheating a little on this last one but following this group’s 86 yard performance against Oakland, you gotta watch them all. The Rams uncharacteristically ran 21 times but passed 37 times against the Raiders. With six backs on the roster, St. Louis needs to see what it has in a couple of them *cough Isaiah Pead*. Rookie Malcolm Brown stood out to me despite having just two carries. Look for St. Louis to get back to their roots tonight and pound the rock.