The good news is that Los Angeles Rams football is back, kicking off the preseason this Saturday against their housemates, the Los Angeles Chargers. The bad news is that Rams head coach Sean McVay has been vague about preseason games.
McVay, historically, has not played his starters or key reserves in the preseason, preferring to evaluate players in a controlled environment. Last year, the Rams held out 38 players in the first preseason game. That’s not to say these early games are pointless. For players in the bottom third of a 91-man roster, standing out in NFL game situations, especially live special teams action, can be the difference between making the team or moving on.
To update this — # of players not playing games this weekend:
Jags 7 https://t.co/Ejx8CYMPkU
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 15, 2021
Last year, Bryce Perkins’ ability to make plays led the Rams to retain a third quarterback. On the offensive line, Alaric Jackson and Coleman Shelton showed they deserve a backup role. There are still some important roles to win. RB3, WR4, DL4, ILB3, and E3 are open to claim from standout preseasons. There’s a chance LA will put more stock in these practice games in 2022, as the team hasn’t announced any controlled scrimmages.
Who doesn’t play (injuries aside) says more about the roster than who does, but the rookies’ performances are notable, nonetheless. Top draft pick Logan Bruss will be the point guard, tight end Jamal Pettigrew has the size of a mountain of skill, and Decoby Durant, Derian Kendrick and Russ Yeast will battle with four veterans for the final two (if the Rams keep 10) secondary spots. .
For all the Rams players involved, this is an opportunity to get some work done on tape. Not only for grading and collecting mistakes for rehabilitation, but also for opposing team scouts and coaches, looking for candidates to upgrade their own teams.
It’s not just LA players and coaches, fans have things to work on. Working and discovering what a new grill can do, establishing and developing new recipes, and hoping that a new drink can show up and win a regular role in the rotation.
How to follow the game
Date: Saturday August 13
Kickoff: 4 pm PST
Location: Sophie Stadium in Inglewood, Ca.
Watch: Spanish broadcast on LA local stations ABC7 and KCBS, EstrellaTV (KCRA). Affiliate centers include: KFMB (San Diego), KQCA (Sacramento), KBAK (Bakersfield), KSEE (Fresno), KSBW(Monterey), KTVX (Salt Lake City), and KGMB (Honolulu).
Continuous broadcast: The official app of the LA Rams, NFL Plus, Hulu Live, fubo TV, Sling TV, Peacock, A,T&T TV (formerly known as DirecTV) and many more.
ask: ESPN LA 710 AM, 93.1 Jack FM, Tu Liga Radio 1330 AM
Current Betting Odds:
line: Rams +3.5 -110
More/Total: 30 -110
Money line: Rams +140 / Chargers -165 according to DraftKings Sportsbook.