Offense finds the end zone in Denver; aided by Austin's punt return

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by Brian Feldman

Football STL

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Updated Sunday, Aug 25 at 10:08 AM

DENVER -- Offense had been hard to come by for the Rams in their first two preseason games against the Browns and the Packers.  But in their third exhibition against the Broncos, the dress rehearsal as they say, the offense finally found the end zone.
 
Granted, it did take a Tavon Austin 81-yard punt return down to the three yard line to set up the first score, a three yard strike from Sam Bradford to Jared Cook.  Though the Rams' QB says he's really enjoy it if that was the first of many touchdown passes to his tight end.
 
"I really hope so," said Bradford.  "Obviously, it was a great return by Tavon (Austin) to get that set up.  I mean, you can't ask to start a game any better than to get the ball at the three yard line.  Then we got the matchup we wanted.  (Jared) Cook did a great job winning it and a great job finishing the catch."
 
Bradford finished the night 9-16 for 110 yards and a passer rating of 98.4. 
 
Some more good news for the Rams came in the form of health.  Right tackle Rodger Saffold, who injured his shoulder in the first exhibition against the Browns and missed the Packers game entirely, started and played for several series.  He says that was huge for him.
 
"Just being out there with the guys is something that I needed," Saffold said.  "I wanted to get out there so I could start getting a feel for the position (right tackle).  I almost felt like it was a debut for me again.  After a couple series they thought I was doing well, they had Sam (Bradford) out there and they wanted me protecting his other side so I'm going to do my job with no complaints."
 
Saffold is learning to play right tackle after spending his entire Rams career on the left side.  His switch was necessitated by the signing of Jake Long in the offseason.

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