NFL Network to broadcast 2 live LA Rams preseason games

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Thanks to the latest NFL press release, we now know that the NFL Network plans to broadcast a number of live 2022 preseason games. As it currently stands, the NFL Network is the only network to show the entire slate of 2022 NFL preseason games (albeit some in rebroadcast format only), highlighted by 22 live games. Their 2022 preseason broadcast schedule will also include a rematch of Super Bowl LVI opponents: The LA Rams vs the Cincinnati Bengals.

For LA Rams fans, not only does this mean having the chance to revisit the glorious come-from-behind heroics of QB Matthew Stafford, WR Cooper Kupp, and DL Aaron Donald, but it affords fans a chance to get their first look at young additions to the roster as well. The LA Rams schedule, as is the case for all 32 NFL teams, includes three preseason games and 17 regular-season games.

Per the NFL update, the NFL Network will carry two of the LA Rams’ scheduled three preseason games live. They are:

  • Week    Date          Time                   Game:
  •    2         Aug 19     7:00 pm PT        Houston Texans at LA Rams
  •    3         Aug 27     3:00 pm PT        LA Rams at Cincinnati Bengals

While Rams fans will likely not see the performances of projected starters like WR Allen Robinson, ILB Bobby Wagner, or even DB Troy Hill, there will be plenty of action to pique your interest.

The Rams have historically withheld projected starters from preseason games, and this year is expected to be no different. But at the least, the preseason games confirm those players who are still competing for a roster spot. In 2021, the LA Rams have even withheld key backups from preseason games like QB John Wolford and swing-tackle Joseph Noteboom.

Rams depth chart

Right now, that would mean that third-string quarterback Brycen Perkins will be getting 100 percent of the preseason game snaps. The Rams have not identified who their primary backup offensive lineman may be, but some candidates for that ‘preseason protected’ role include OT A.J. Jackson, OT Bobby Evans, OL Logan Bruss, and OL Tremayne Anchrum.

Don’t look for the LA Rams to place much emphasis on the outcomes of the preseason games. In many cases, the LA  Rams stick to a rather vanilla game plan, and cycle players through rather quickly to ensure good video footage and game-like scenarios for every player on the roster.

Almost all positions on the team where the matter of who doesn’t play will prove to be good insight for the projection of the LA Rams’ starting 53-man roster. Players who appear in preseason games and play well can be expected to at least make the team’s practice squad.

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