Clemens impressive in first start as a Ram -

Clemens impressive in first start as a Ram

(FootballStL) -- One can only imagine how difficult it is to play quarterback in the NFL...especially with a team you just joined a week and a half ago.  And an easy way of knowing that he was new to the team was simply how he addressed the media following a 20-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

“For those of you who I haven not met, which is pretty much everybody, I am Kellen. Nice to meet you.”

With Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley inactive for Sunday’s tilt against the Cincinnati Bengals, quarterback Kellen Clemens made his first start since 2009 when he was playing for the New York Jets.

Clemens was 25-for-36 with a touchdown and a 95.7 quarterback rating in Sunday’s loss.  Not bad for a guy who admits he is still trying to learn his teammates’ names.

“I know all the offensive guys, and it is something you just have to spend time on,” Clemens said.  “I literally have gone home at night and just looked at the roster and I try to familiarize myself with it because I think that is important from a leadership position to know the guys you are out there with.  To be honest with you, some of the defensive guys I don’t know them yet.  I have had the chance to meet quite a few of the guys, but my preparation this week has been focused on Cincinnati.”

It may be easier for Clemens to introduce himself to the defensive players following a start that head coach Steve Spagnuolo praised him for.

“I tell you what, extremely impressed and I think all of us should be,” Spagnuolo said.  “Extremely proud of Kellen.  I am really glad we have him.”

The Rams averaged a shade over ten passing first downs a game, but in Clemens’ first game he threw for 13 first downs even for a team that was 2-for-13 on third down conversions.

by Scott Bierman, FootballStL
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