It is just preseason, it is just preseason…
The hardest part about preseason is judging starters on very limited work with very limited game plans with very wide ranging effort on both sides of the ball.
However, in any case, the Rams came out in their second preseason game and were run over by Michael Turner on the first drive and picked apart by Matt Ryan in the second drive. In both cases, the Rams first team defense had trouble tackling all the Falcons players, whether running back or wide receiever as they gallivanted through the Rams secondary like a hot knife through butter. Matt Ryan and Michael Turner came out after 2 series and 2 touchdowns. The Rams defense was able to rally a little against the Falcons second team but first team offensive line. James Laurinaitis grabbed an interception on a deflection from Justin King. But, the Rams could not capitalize on the mistake and only got a Josh Brown field goal to show for their efforts in the first half.
Kyle Boller quarterbacked the first half, but Steven Jackson was only in for one series. Laurent Robinson was a bright spot for the Rams wide receiver corps as he made a few good catches on passes from Boller. Jason Smith got his first start at right tackle and was solid except for 2 plays. In one of those two plays Smith’s man sacked Kyle Boller. In the other play, Smith’s man beat him to running back Samkon Gado even though Smith was called for holding on the play as well.
Brock Berlin came in to QB in the 3rd quarter and threw a touchdown on a post-pattern on the second drive of the second half. The Rams defense in the second half continued a trend of the first half in which every player was so focused on running 100 miles per hour to the ball, but were then very susceptible to the cutback and misdirection runs.
Gadowatch: Week 2 was not nearly as successful as week 1. Gado lost a fumble and gained only 5 yards on 12 carries. Ouch. Gado was by far the best kickoff returner for the Rams on the night however.
Nullwatch: Keith Null got the fourth quarter and drove the Rams down the field in the 2 minute drill, but threw an interception on 4th down from the 12 yard line.