Rams close out preseason with win, now 'everything counts'
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 29: Zac Stacy #30 of the St. Louis Rams rushes against the Baltimore Ravens during a pre-season game at the Edward Jones Dome on August 29, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
St. Louis Rams Zac Stacy (30) fights off Baltimore Ravens Jordan Devey in the first quarter at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on August 29, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens rolls out to pass in the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on August 29, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Rams Darren Woodward knocks the football free from the hands of Baltimore Ravens Aaron Mellette in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on August 29, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
(FootballStL) -- If fans were, for some reason, concerned with the fact the Rams had yet to win a game in the preseason prior to Thursday night’s matchup against the Super Bowl champion Ravens, they can be concerned no more.
They got what many players deemed an important win versus Baltimore in their final tune up before things start for real on September 8th.
“I think we’re ready. We’ve made improvements but we’re coming out this week to work. From here on out everything counts,” cornerback Janoris Jenkins said.
Most of the starters did not play for St. Louis - literally no starters saw the field for Baltimore - but that didn’t mean there weren’t any noteworthy performances that occurred.
Running back Benny Cunningham continued to show he could be a legitimate option by averaging nearly ten yards per carry (76 yards on eight rushes) while fifth round pick Zac Stacy scored his first touchdown of the exhibition schedule.
Stacy doesn’t look at himself though. He puts it all in perspective.
“Overall it was just a good team win. We needed a (win) for the last preseason game,” Stacy said. “Despite the penalties that we had we still executed well on offense. It’s not about me, it’s about this team. We just put up a great drive there on my touchdown and hopefully we can keep executing well as an offense.”
In quarterback Sam Bradford’s absence backups Kellen Clemens and Austin Davis both saw extended action. Each is in a hotly contested battle to be the number two quarterback on this roster and the top insurance policy in case Bradford gets hurt.
Clemens completed all but five of his 18 attempts for 188 yards and had a 105.8 rating. Davis was just six for thirteen but threw a pair of touchdowns in the second half.
There were so very sloppy moments, however. Brian Quick and Tavon Austin both lost fumbles early in the first quarter while Isaiah Pead fumbled as well but was fortunate enough to have his own team recover it. And penalties continued to be an issue.
The Rams had 17 (11 in the first half) when Jeff Fisher has made it quite public that he is not happy with the lack of discipline shown by his squad thus far.