A Recap of the Los Angeles Rams - Los Angeles Chargers Preseason Game
A Recap of the Los Angeles Rams - Los Angeles Chargers Preseason Game
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Greetings Ram fans Season 2 episode 30 of Rams Up Your Los Angeles Rams podcast.
Rams beat the Chargers 29 to 22 Saturday night at selfie couple things. Ram fans could really be excited about coming out of that game dropped a recap on our YouTube channel right after the game.
I'll probably be following that pattern through the preseason.
We'll get a recap of the game dropped on our YouTube channel soon after the game.
Followed by our Reg.
Killer Pod drop on Monday morning.
That's what we're doing this week where we do.
That next week as well.
So this episode we will have a more thorough recap of the game and then we'll have a fearsome 4 segment.
Four things we learn from the game for questions we still have.
And then we're going to wrap up.
This episode, with a Molly and media segment going after the big boys and before we dive into this episode, I wanted to throw out another mauling immediate bit.
Right here I'm not going to spend a lot of time on it, but did you?
Catch Mike florio?
He's upset that the Rams gave McVeigh a contract, although they sort of kinda denied it for several months.
Apparently McVay got his new contract in the spring and Florio Pro Football talk Anyways posted on Twitter.
They should give the Rams another Lombardi for their ability to so casually.
And nonchalantly tell lies.
Florio cannot help himself.
He seems to go after the Rams for something, anything once a week.
But our learning media segment isn't about Pro Football talk, it's about someone else.
So check that out.
Some other random news and notes. Rams are now 2 1/2 point underdogs to the bills. So money going on the bills in that opener.
If that gets to three, which I doubt it will, that would be a great spot to lay some money on the Rams home opener.
McVeigh 5 and oh on the opening day granite bills.
One of the best teams in the league, if not the best team in the league, but still three points at home with Sean McVay.
I would be.
All over that.
And I also wanted to point out I made kind of a big deal last week about two things I saw on the 1st unofficial depth chart released by the Rams.
One was Trell Lewis being buried at the edge position.
Apparently that was a mistake.
They now have him joined at the hip with Justin Hollins, opposite.
Of Leonard Floyd that makes more sense.
And it also would explain why Lewis did not play against the Chargers.
And another thing that was probably a mistake in that initial release.
Jordan Fuller second string.
Now he is titled to hip with Taylor Rapp.
Opposite of Nick Scott suggesting Nick Scott is 1 starter, the other starter will be either Fuller or rap.
If there's some random NFL news, I'm going to focus on our divisional rivals.
Here are three bullets I wanted to share with you. Danny Gray, the wide receiver draft about 49ers could be a formidable weapon for them.
He only had one catch, but it was for 76 yards. He's a guy that can obviously stretch the field for the Niners. Good stuff. Well, bad stuff. If you're a RAM fan, but.
Just one game, no one catch, but he certainly looks like a weapon.
Another 49er rookie defensive end Drake Jackson hurt his shoulder. I don't think it's serious. We'll have to keep an eye on that.
And with Seattle quarterback competition pretty much dead, even between Geno Smith and drew lock after one preseason game, at least statistically.
Although it was locks late fumble that led to the Steelers.
And one other note on injuries.
I talk about him a little bit later on, probably in a couple spots actually.
And the latest word I had.
The supersedes anything I say later in this podcast is that they do not think it's serious crossing their fingers.
It's not a big injury, he'll be suspended, of course, for the first six weeks, but it does not appear at this point that that ankle injury is going to be serious enough to prevent him from returning and.
That's the early view on that could change.
Let's hope for the best when it comes to Bobby Brown, 'cause I think we're going to need him in that defensive line rotation.
And how about those Dodgers?
I told you I told you all that they were in trouble about three or four weeks ago with Muncy, Bellinger and Turner stinking up the joint.
Well, they've trimmed.
It around just a little bit, haven't they?
Looking like the team of the century at this point, go Dodgers.
We'll be back in the second for more on that RAM charger game.
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So what are my takeaways from the RAM charge?
Again, I'm going to regurgitate what I shared on the YouTube channel for the most part, trying to add a little more context if I can, but obviously we are all super excited about this Lance McCutcheon.
Dude, where did he come from?
I have not heard a peep.
About this guy since June.
And now we have preferred the game. Hey, you know they're really excited about this Lance Mccutchen dude. And sure enough, he grows off 5 catches for 87 yards, 2 touchdowns, plus A2 point conversion.
You know, it seemed like a lot more than that.
My special assistant texted me and said, hey, this reminds me of Victor Cruz is.
Coming out party in 2010.
Victor stats were even more inflated than lances, but still same idea. Who the heck is this guy now? He's a 6 foot three, 202 pound undrafted rookie out of Montana State, the same school as Daniel Hardy. And by the way.
Assuming both these guys make the team, we'll have more Montana State alumni than we do.
Alabama alumni let that sink.
But Mccutchen appears to have everything. All the skills that you want in an NFL wide receiver. He's got size. As I said, 63202.
He's got speed.
He's got great hands.
We saw that against the Chargers.
He's got a great body for blocking out DBS.
And he blocks a little bit too.
Is a pretty good route runner.
We saw that on the two point conversion.
That was quite a route that we reminded me of a Cooper Kupp route.
To be honest with you.
So if Lance has been taken under Cooper Cup swing, I want to see more of that.
They're headed in the right direction with Lance McCutcheon.
And what does this mean for Jacob Harris?
He's probably itching to get back on the field because it's a crowded room.
At wide receiver.
There's another guy that kind of stood out a little.
But not to that level.
But Austin Trammell I had talked about him, the Rams picking him up, and he didn't have a great game or anything.
But I just wanted to say reminded me so much of Danny Amendola when I was watching him on the on his one reception ball in his hands yards after the catch.
That's Danny, that's Danny Amendola.
That we're watching there.
I don't think travel is going to make the team, but he's still an exciting guy.
Fun to watch.
And he did return some kicks as I predict it.
Out of curiosity, I went back and looked Danny Amendola five 11185 HR Austin, Trammell five 10185. So there you have it.
Other thing I wanted to mention is our young edge rushers outside linebackers Daniel Hardy, Benton Whitley, Braden Thomas all flashed at times kind of petered out at the end of the game.
Now they're really in the quarterback space early on.
A little quieter later on in the game, but.
Still very promising, especially from Hardy.
I think he's going to be a good player.
Chris Garrett held out with that groin injury.
He needs to get back on the field.
He's got some competition for those roster spots now.
You know when I heard he was suspended for the first six games, I wasn't too terribly.
I didn't really.
Know what his role was going to be in how he hardly played last year.
Not sure what the Rams see in him.
Hoping that he's going to be part of that rotation because they're kind of thin after those first three guys in my opinion.
And then he was lights out early in the game.
He looked like our best defensive player at times and then he gets hurt so we can only hope that that ankle injury.
I think it's an ankle injury isn't serious.
Hopefully he can come back about the time with suspensions over.
That would be ideal.
Well, waiting to hear word on the seriousness of Bobby Brown's injury. And you know who else? I really liked. AJ Rhodes.
Everybody, including the announcers, were penciling in Kyren Williams as the number 3 back Jake Funk. #4 and I get it. Karen Williams. Higher draft pick.
Like very promising, but we haven't seen anything from him yet.
AJ Rose looked really good to me, showed a lot of wiggle on that goal line run.
I watched that in slow motion a couple times and I'm like this guy is not getting in no way but he made a nice little move and got into the end zone and we've been kind of lacking.
In that area, since Malcolm Brown moved on, so AJ Rose has a chance to make this team, perhaps at the expense of Jake Funk.
I don't know if they can carry all of them.
Jake Funk great special teams player and very versatile.
I'm not saying Rose is going to beat out funk, but I'm just saying I liked what Rose brings to the table.
I thought he had a very good game.
Our young cornerbacks shined early on Kobe, Durant and Derion Kendrick and they are calling him Kobe Durant now, so I guess that's a done deal.
No more did Kobe Durant and Grant Haley actually had a great second-half ended up leading the team in tackles and when you heard.
Sean McVay on the mic.
There he called out Grant Haley a couple times so he liked what he was seeing.
Overall, disappointed in the offensive line, McVeigh called out AJ Jackson for having a good game.
I have to go back and look Logan breast.
I didn't think performed well first game out of the gate.
Cut him some slack and Cameron Dicker had all the kicking duties punting kickoffs extra points.
Fair enough field goal 10.
Times I'm not sure what that means.
If I if I were to guess, I would say Riley Dixon has the job wrapped up but not sure on that.
Maybe the Rams are just giving Dicker an opportunity to audition for other teams, kind of running.
For that I thought I thought we'd see more of a competition in this game.
Maybe first half ticker is second.
Half Dixon, but we'll see.
Be interesting to see what pans out in that department.
Assuming neither of these guys are included in the five cuts forthcoming Tuesday.
And I wanted to talk about Bryce Perkins and I'm going to be in the minority here.
I know he's exciting.
We love his speed, we love his ability to extend plays, dodge linebackers, produce on off schedule plays.
But that's not what I want to see from this guy at this point.
I want to see him drop back and get rid of the ball, hit receivers in small windows.
Move the chains with his arm instead of his legs.
Hey, maybe that's just me, but that's sort of what I want to.
See we all.
Know what he can do with his leg.
He needs to start winning with his arm but but I will admit if he's a guy coming off the bench to replace Matthew Stafford, God forbid.
That's a different cup of tea for the defense to deal with, but I'd feel much better about Perkins if he demonstrated that he could consistently complete throws to a bunch of receivers. He was 10 for 17 for 133 yards.
And two touchdowns you take away those throws to McCutcheon and compose plays.
That was all McCutcheon in my opinion.
5 for 12 for 40 some yards and no touchdowns.
So I'm still in Bryce Perkins camp.
Just want to see a little bit more with his arm and less with his legs.
That'll only help his death.
Remember the one play where Perkins extended it up. The sideline dodged a couple linebackers. It was a brilliant play, turned a sack into a 1517 yard gain and the announcers went crazy. That's what we want to see from Bryce Perkins. I beg to disagree.
That's not what I want to see from him at this point.
He had a handful of good plays in the pocket, not enough for me though.
He had a couple of really poor throws.
The one interception he got bailed out on that by the pass interference.
Couple of others.
And we kind of gloss over that because we get so excited about how he plays outside of the pocket.
But man gotta admit, super exciting type of guy.
I hate to have to see my team defend when a guy like that rolls in as the backup quarterback.
Before we get to our final segment, the mauling media segment, let's take one last look at this RAM charger game.
I'm going to give you the fearsome 4 things I learned from the game.
I'm going to tell you the first one, four questions that I still need answered, and I'm going to take my guess at the five cuts.
That are expected in the next couple of days. First that fearsome 4 things that I learned #1 Lance McCutcheon is an NFL caliber receiver.
I have no doubt about that.
I don't think he's a lock to make this roster yet, but if he doesn't make this roster, he's going to make someone else is.
I'm telling you that person.
4 things I learned number.
Two our young cornerbacks.
Are going to be very good.
Kendrick and Durant, they just play.
You can see it they play with so much confidence in your face.
Cornerbacks coming up and making tackles, breaking up passes.
Our secondary's in such good shape with these two new additions, the number three thing I have learned. I think we're going to have a competition at the running back position after our top two.
I know on the depth chart right now Jake Focus #3. A lot of people have Kyren Williams penciled in at #3, so that's a crapshoot right now.
Who's going to win out at #3? Need to see Kyren Williams get healthy. And then there's AJ Rose.
I'm telling you he's going to make a run at a roster spot.
I may be jumping the gun on that.
But we'll see.
Liked what I saw from AJ Rose in that charger game and the fourth thing that I learned.
I do not feel good about our offensive line depth.
I'm not sure anyone really played well.
Maybe AJ Jackson.
Nobody else stood.
We have a lot of bodies there including Logan brass.
Do I have confidence at any one of them?
Getting rotated into the starting five.
At this point I'd have to say no, and what are my first and four questions that remain?
Question number one who is our backup linebacker?
I heard someone on Twitter saying that Christian Rozeboom didn't play and that's an indication he's first down.
We saw Jake Hummel out there, Jake, Gervase.
Couple of other guys, but I'm still unclear on the depth that we have there.
Do we have enough depth?
Do we have people that can step in?
They might actually end up missing Troy Reeder at some point, as hard as it is to believe that.
Now we will get Drivan Howard back at some point and that's going to.
Question #2 is Logan breast the answer? Not a promising start. First game out of the gate. I know pump the brakes on calling him a bust. He could end up being very very good.
But you have to admit there's a question there.
And question #3 is Bryce Perkins. The third string quarterback? Does he have a shot at?
Unseating John Wolford as the number 2 quarterback and.
I think the answer to that is no. I think Woolford is a better quarterback for Mcvay's system, but but I think there's plenty of people that have the opposite opinion. Let me find out more next week.
I'm throwing this question out for the community.
I think I know the answer, but I have a feeling a lot of people are asking this question this morning.
And question #4 how many wide receivers can we carry? I mean it's a great problem to have, but Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, van Jefferson, Ben Skowronek Tutu Atwell penciled them in on the roster and then we got three more guys. Brandon Powell.
Did he not play because of his knee or because he has already made the team as a returner?
Then we have Lance Mccutchen who looked like it like I already touched on, this looks like an NFL caliber wide receiver.
And then there's Jacob Harris.
That's eight guys.
Eight guys can't see them carrying all eight.
How many can they carry?
Which ones of these guys can contribute on special teams?
Can Lance McCutcheon?
Contribute on special teams.
Love to see.
I'm going to take my shot at the five guys that are going to get cut.
Hopefully their moms aren't listening.
I think a quarterback is going to get cut and I think it's going to be susar dancing Williams.
I think the inside linebacker, Anthony Hines, will be cut.
Offensive lineman Adrian Ely, wide receiver Warren Jackson and tight end Jared Pinckney.
Now those are just guesses.
I could go oh for five here.
None of these five are going to make the final roster feel pretty confident about that.
Five guys gotta go and these are the guys I'll roll with.
See how I did, hopefully for their sake I'm wrong.
Of course, that means someone else is getting cut.
We'll be back in a second for our Molly in the Media segment going after the big boys.
They're never going to be the same after hearing this.
All right, time for another round of mauling the media.
And who am I going after this time I'm going after Dan Patrick and the danettes once again, second week in row.
Kind of picking on someone that I actually like for the most part, I listened to their show sometimes on my morning.
And I generally enjoy it.
But this time they had a very interesting discussion.
They were talking about the value of.
A great kicker and they were talking about Justin Tucker specifically.
And I'm going to go off on that minor tangent so I can provide the right backdrop here.
The argument that Dan and the Danettes were making is Justin Tucker might be more valuable than people realize and and the way they presented this argument was who'd rather have.
Or the best running back in the league.
Any running back in the league you want?
Who would you rather have?
And they actually were all leaning towards Justin Tucker and I kind of get it as they argued, Justin Tucker wins games for you.
Whereas running backs you know, obviously they contribute a lot towards the WS, but when it comes to crunch time man, it is nice to have someone like Justin Tucker.
Now the one thing I wanted to pick on that argument about was, you know that may be true now, but.
I don't think there's any kicker that I would take over a running back like Marshall Faulk, and I'm not sure I would take every kicker over Derrick Henry, but I haven't even got to my main point that I wanted to maul these guys a little bit.
They also said that.
Drafting kickers may not be so smart and they provided a statistic and I tried to find it afterward.
Tried to find it on their podcast.
I could not find it, but basically the stat went something like this that a very low percentage of drafted kickers stay with the team that drafted them.
A majority of them can't stick with the team.
That drafted them.
What I have a problem with is.
When do most kickers get drafted?
They could draft it 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th round, mostly in the 5th, 6th and 7th.
And yeah, a kicker drafted in the 5th, 6th or 7th round has a small chance, probably less than 50% chance. I would think of sticking with their team at all.
And what we've seen a lot of as I looked at the data here.
A lot of kickers they might make the team and then they miss a couple clutch kicks and they're done.
The team moves on from them.
But this was my main point.
You could say that about any position in the NFL.
Any player drafted at a particular position in the 5th, 6th, 7th, round.
Good chance we're not going to stick with the team that drafted them.
That this isn't something unique to kickers.
And I did a little experiment, a little data dive. I went back over all the kickers drafted since 2007.
I excluded a couple that were drafted. Punters slash kickers guys that were strictly kickers that were drafted there were 26 of them.
I looked at the wide receiver that was drafted immediately before them, and I think there was one case I took someone that was drafted a few picks behind the kicker because it was just a long leap forward to the previous wide receiver and it would skew the data. So I looked at the 26 kickers.
And the 26 wide receivers, the 26 kickers and the wide receiver drafted immediately before them. And what did the data yield?
Kickers those 26 kickers lasted on average about 2.3 seasons with the team that drafted them.
Wide receivers 1.9.
1.9 years they lasted with the team that drafted them.
And just to make sure that certain players weren't skewing this data, guys like Mason Crosby.
Guy who's played 15 years going on 15 years with his original team.
And that's one thing in favor of place kickers is that they play for that long at least potentially play for a long time.
Guys like Mason Crosby.
So I lifted the median as well and still in favor of the kickers.
Obviously a faulty approach to single out kickers.
There's obviously getting drafted in the 5th, 6th and 7th round as guys that don't stick with the team that drafted them, and that's a reason.
Maybe you shouldn't be spending a draft pick on a kicker.
That's true of virtually every position.
I can almost guarantee you.
Not unique to kickers, kickers are not special in this regard and in the den.
It's lots of fun.
Love listening to him but they were a little bit off on this.
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