The Rams got their preseason started off on the right foot with a 33-10 victory over the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts. Sam Bradford and the first team offense lookd impressive and stayed in the game for just over a quarter and departed with the Rams leading 17-3. The first team offense scored one of their touchdowns against the first team defense for Indy and another against the second team defense. Steven Jackson did not play.
Since this is the preseason and the overall score does not matter as much as the individual performances, let’s go over a few performances that stood out.
Rookie Tight End Lance Kendricks was the biggest standout on the first team offense. Sam Bradford looked for him early and often while the first team offense was on the field. Kendricks displayed good hands and the ability to get open in the red zone as he caught a touchdown to go along with his 5 catches.
The first team Rams defense was able to come up with 2 turnovers on two possessions for the Colts offense, each snagged by each safety. I know that this is cheating since I was supposed to pick individuals, but the Rams first team defense was strong against both the run and the pass. The Colts were without Peyton Manning, but the Rams were able to get to the quarterback and deflect passes for interceptions.
Without Steven Jackson, Cadillac Williams started with the first team offense and looked fresh, illusive and eager for contact. He was also helped out by a lot of great blocking by the Rams offensive line. That being said, Williams hit the holes with confidence and ran hard. Other running backs were also impressive including Jerious Norwood who looked speedy and tough. Fourth running back Keith Toston was also running hard. He did a lot better job than last season of finding the open holes rather than running straight ahead into the back of the linemen.
But, all those things being said and the fact that preseason results are terribly meaningless, this was a great game for the Rams. They rolled over their opponent and the scoreline covers about how well they played. There were a few breakdowns on the defensive end by the 2nd and 3rd string defense, but overall a great performance for the Rams return to football after the lockout.