2014 St. Louis Rams Preseason: 5 Things To Watch For In Week 2

5 Things To Watch For During St. Louis Rams Preseason Week 2

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The St. Louis Rams were narrowly defeated 26-24 in Week 1 of the preseason by the New Orleans Saints. The Rams will look much different during Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers, as St. Louis held out a few of its starters against the Saints, and they have a number of important players making their 2014 live action debut.

Here's a look at five things two watch for during the game.

5. Will Robert Quinn Be Aggressive?

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5. Will Robert Quinn Be Aggressive?

 St. Louis Rams Robert Quinn
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Robert Quinn saw extremely limited action in Week 1, but looked solid on the field. The Packers do a good job protecting Aaron Rodgers, so it will be interesting to see if Quinn can disrupt the Packers' O-Line and get after their QBs. It's only preseason, so St. Louis might want to be cautious with their star DE.

4. Which Wide Receiver Will Step Up?

 St. Louis Rams Stedman Bailey
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4. Which Wide Receiver Will Step Up?

 St. Louis Rams Stedman Bailey
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The Rams had 12 different players with receptions against the Saints, but only a few stood out. Stedman Bailey looked fantastic, as did Alex Bayer. Tavon Austin might have to take on a bigger role in the slot if TE Jared Cook doesn't settle in as Bradford's security blanket during the preseason.

3. Can Mitchell Van Dyk Handle Filling In For Jake Long?

Mitchell Van Dyk
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3. Can Mitchell Van Dyk Handle Filling In For Jake Long?

Mitchell Van Dyk
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Left-tackle Jake Long will not be suiting up for the Rams in Week 2, and one has to wonder if he will indeed be ready by the regular season as initially expected this summer. Van Dyk is listed behind him on the depth-chart and could really ease some of OC Brian Schottenheimer's nerves if he fills in admirably.

2. Can They Get To The Quarterback On Defense?

 St. Louis Rams Gregg Williams
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2. Can They Get To The Quarterback On Defense?

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Gregg Williams was undoubtedly hired as DC of the Rams to implement an aggressive mentality on defense. St. Louis was unable to record a sack against the Saints, so it will be interesting to see if Williams sends more players after the QB with his blitz packages.

1. How Healthy Is Sam Bradford?

St Louis Rams Sam Bradford
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1. How Healthy Is Sam Bradford?

St Louis Rams Sam Bradford
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Although backup QB Shaun Hill played well against New Orleans, he isn't a long-term answer, and if Bradford misses any lengthy amount of time in 2014, St. Louis will not take the step forward that they are expecting. Bradford is coming off a torn ACL from last season, so it will be interesting to see how much confidence he has on the leg while moving around the pocket.

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