Rams first half snapshot: Goff, Mannion, Kupp, and fumbles

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The Los Angeles Rams hit the reset button when they kicked off their 2017 preseason.

Los Angeles Rams fans will have a lot to sink their teeth into when looking at the Rams first half of preseason football. For quarterback Jared Jared Goff, his brief appearance yielded a touchdown pass that was, at best, improbable.

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But hey, a touchdown is a touchdown, and that’s what will show up in the box score, the Sports Center highlights, and in the Rams film room.

For Goff, his night went 3 for 4 for 34 yards.

Two things I took away in his appearance was his poise, and a nice pass to All Los Angeles Cooper Kupp. He’s a fan favorite, and based by what we saw on the field in the first half, it’s not wonder.

Sean Mannion is getting a long look having played the bulk of the first half. It was a mixed bag, but for someone who has written that the Rams should do just that, it will certainly give fans something to think about given the limited action Sean McVay provided Goff.

The numbers on Mannion: 8 of 10 passing, for 71 yards.

Notably quiet, and not by design was running back Todd Gurley. It was short work for him tonight having only four carries for two yards. Again, it was like Goff, a very brief appearance, but it’ll be worth keeping an eye on as it left you wondering if he can flip the switch. Again, it’s a few carries in Week 1 of the preseason, but worth a mention.

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As for the Rams defense, Kellen Moore isn’t exactly a world-beater. But a defense sans Aaron Donald did well. It also reminded me why I love Wade Phillips so much. He’ll have them ready with or without Donald.