2. More opportunities for backups
Watching the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl last season despite numerous key injuries on both sides of the football shows the importance of having the necessary depth at multiple positions to keep the team in great shape. As for the Rams, the team has seen numerous backup players take advantage of the additional playing time so far in preseason, but the argument can be made that McVay still has more questions than answers at certain positions.
The good news is by resting the starters on offense for a third week in a row, McVay will be able to get a better understanding of where players like Sean Mannion and Malcolm Brown stand at the moment. Not to mention, the Rams’ offense has also benefitted from seeing rookie John Kelly emerge out of nowhere as the leading rusher for the team over the first two games.
Had Goff and Gurley seen action in the preseason so far, this could have prevented McVay from getting a better feel over certain players fighting for a roster spot. McVay already knows what Goff and Gurley can bring to the table on a weekly basis, so why not take advantage of the preseason by giving other players the extra time on the football field?