NFL Preseason Week 2: Three areas Los Angeles Rams can improve

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LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 12: Nelson Spruce
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2. Los Angeles Rams receivers and  ball carriers

Los Angeles pass catchers and ball carriers made sure to share the stick of butter before game time. Holding onto the football became an absolute challenge causing some headaches for McVay & Co. beyond the typical first preseason game gaffes, the Rams coughed it up six times.


They likely saved themselves by recovering it another four times. Justin Davis alone put it on the turf twice while rushing for 70 yards.

Los Angeles doesn’t have the luxury for turnovers like this. But the first weekend of preseason football can often yield this kind of result. The current CBA really hamstrings team with the amount of contact a player will see in training camp. Last Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys really illustrated that.

The Rams need to protect the football. They had more opportunities where the looked good than they didn’t. The extended time they had with Sean Mannion is a great example of that.

Consider last weekend a blip and not a trend.

Expect better in Oakland this weekend when this offense faces a tough Raiders defense. If Goff & Co. get extended time as is expected, then Rams fans will get a rare opportunity to see what this unit can do. If he plays it safe, then expect be underwhelmed.