The Los Angels Rams wrapped up the 2017 preseason by dropping their final contest 24-10 at the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, August 31. Rams head coach made it clear entering the game that the starters would sit, and he was true to his word.
Third-string QB Dan Orlovsky completed 16 of 30 passes for a touchdown and two interceptions in a performance littered with problems. Orlovsky’s performance will probably give the coaching staff something to think about as the team prepares to cut the roster down to 53 players.
The Packers limited the Rams rushing attack to 67 yards on 24 carries. RB Justin Davis finished with 17 carries for 55 rushing yards, while Aaron Green ran for 12 yards on seven carries. Davis appears to have earned a roster spot, especially given his performance throughout the preseason.
If there was one bright spot about the Rams offense, it was that itthey did not fumble in tonight’s game. In three preseason games, the Rams had fumbled the ball nine times, including six in their preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Even if it was the reserve players that kept the football Coach McVay had to have been pleased with the attention to securing the football tonight.
Defensively, the Rams reserves looked just “okay” at times against the Packers’ second and third-teamers. Ethan Westbrooks and Casanova McKinzy each recorded a sack, while Andy Mulumba and Tyrunn Walker each recorded half a sack against the Packers quarterbacks.
Packers backup QB Brett Hundley completed 11 of 21 for 99 yards and a passing touchdown. In addition, Hundley scored on a 13-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. The defense at times struggled to contain Hundley in the pocket, and he made the Rams pay early on.
With the holes the Rams have on defense and the ongoing holdout of Aaron Donald, Coach McVay continues to be optimistic where the defense is going.
“We know that there’s progress to be made,” McVay said, “but optimistic about the direction that we’re going in and the level of urgency that I think both sides have to try to get Aaron a part of this, so that we can have him playing against the Colts.”
The preseason is done, and the dress rehearsals are over. The next game for the Rams will be the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts at 1:05 P.M. PT on Sunday, September 10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Sources: ESPN.com, NFL.com
Martin Cruz is a staff writer for Rams Talk. You can find him on Twitter with the username @MCruz1988.