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5 Takeaways From St. Louis Rams Preseason Opener

5 Takeaways From St. Louis Rams Preseason Opener

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The St. Louis Rams kicked off their preseason opener with a 26-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints. However, the team can take solace in the fact that, for the most part, they looked good in each facet of the game -- except for field goals. Here's a look at five takeaways from the game.

5. The Backup Quarterbacks Did A Solid Job

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5. The Backup Quarterbacks Did A Solid Job

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Shaun Hill started for the Rams and did a wonderful job in limited time. Hill went 5/7 with 84 yards and threw for two touchdowns. Austin Davis added a touchdown pass on 134 yards and completed 10 of his 16 attempts, and fourth-stringer Garrett Gilbert threw for an underwhelming 53 yards. The Rams' brass has to be thrilled with what they saw considering Sam Bradford's injury history.

4. Chase Reynolds Averaged 7.7 Yards Per Carry

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4. Chase Reynolds Averaged 7.7 Yards Per Carry

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Reynolds is more thought of for his ability on special teams than he is for running the ball -- but he rushed for 46 yards on six carries including a 38 yard breakout run. If Reynolds was on the bubble before the game, he is off and into it after his solid performance.

3. Greg Williams Called An Aggressive Game On Defense

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3. Greg Williams Called An Aggressive Game On Defense

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The Rams didn't do a great job getting to the New Orleans QB's as they were not sacked a single time -- but Williams undoubtedly called an aggressive game and the sacks will come in due time. St. Louis also picked off the Saints twice.

2. Michael Sam Was Solid In NFL Debut

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2. Michael Sam Was Solid In NFL Debut

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Sam had to be nervous considering the amount of media coverage he has received for being the NFL's first openly gay player -- but once on the field he seemed to settle into the game very nicely. Sam had one tackle and one QB hit in limited time and proved some doubters wrong in his debut.

1. Greg Robinson Is A Big Dude

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1. Greg Robinson Is A Big Dude

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Robinson is enormous at 6'5 and 330 pounds. His presence was undoubtedly felt by the Saints' defensive-line, and if he adjusts to all the duties of a left guard -- including pulling on misdirection and counter plays -- St. Louis has found itself a perennial Pro-Bowler.

Timothy Downs is a St. Louis Rams/NFL writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.