LA Rams Jeremiah Haydel 40 yard kick return leads to field goal

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If you were concerned about the LA Rams kick return game with the loss and parting of running back Raymond Calais, you will be happy to learn that the role appears to be in pretty good hands right now. In the first quarter, The LA Rams watched as undrafted rookie Jeremiah Haydel return a kickoff 40 yards to set up the LA Rams in great shape.

Of course, that was not enough to get the points on the board.  The Rams had to rely on the help of Xavier Jones for a nine-yard screen pass and subsequent two-yard run for a first down. Another pass play by Bryce Perkins under pressure to tight end Brycen Hopkins for another nine yards, followed by another short burst by running back Xavier Jones for a first down.

Then, a clear sack turned in the Rams’ favor as the Denver Broncos were called for roughing the passer as Perkins helmet flew off his head at the end of the play. 15-yard penalties are always helpful to an offense.

Bryce Perkins audibled and scrambled off the left end for another seven yards.  From that point, the LA Rams drive stalled, and the Rams settled for a field goal to knot up the score at 3-3. That was quite a feat, as the LA Rams second and third-string offense faced the starting Denver Bronco defense.

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The Rams offense is loaded. While the score is tied at 3-3, the Rams are truly playing the game without their top 35 players, while the Broncos are holding nothing back. Bryce Perkins is six of eight passes for 46 yards, while Teddy Bridgewater is just one of six passes for four yards. The second quarter is starting now, with the LA Rams on the Denver 31 yard line.