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5 Players Who Stood Out For St. Louis Rams In Week 2 Preseason Game

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5 Players Who Stood Out For St. Louis Rams In Preseason Week 2

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An 0-2 record in the preseason is irrelevant compared to the regular season, but the St. Louis Rams still have to be concerned over their inability to end up on the right side of the scoreboard thus far. The lack of a win doesn’t mean the team has been short on impressive performances, though, and these five guys really stood out in the Week 2 battle with the Green Bay Packers.

5. Brian Quick

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5. Brian Quick

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The waiting game with Brian Quick has been a difficult one for Rams fans to endure since he was selected at the top of Round 2 in the 2012 draft. He has showed big-play ability like the impressive 41-yard grab he hauled in during the second preseason tilt on previous occasions. This may be his last chance to really show the coaches he is developing, so hopefully his practice performance and preseason play continues on an upward trajectory.

4. Michael Sam

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4. Michael Sam

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One of the most talked about rookies in this year’s draft class garnered media attention for something other than his sexual orientation in the Week 2 preseason game. A sack and two QB hits got Michael Sam some good reviews following the contest. It’s still difficult to plot his path onto the final 53-man roster given the fierce competition at defensive end, but his showings in the next two games could let him latch on with another squad.

3. Mo Alexander

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3. Mo Alexander

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The secondary was a huge weakness in St. Louis during the 2013 campaign, and the 2014 draft class reflected that with numerous selections spent in the back third on defense. Mo Alexander stepped up with a solid performance against the Packers by recording four solo tackles from his safety spot. Though a starting position may be out of reach for now, Gregg Williams’ exotic defensive looks could feature multiple safety looks in the upcoming season.

2. Lamarcus Joyner

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2. Lamarcus Joyner

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Speaking of the secondary, Lamarcus Joyner is showing why the Rams though enough of him to trade up in Round 2 to snag the versatile cover man. His five solo tackles and a pass deflection are further evidence as to why he should be starting at free safety come Week 1 of the regular season. Look for this kid to play in the slot at times and in the traditional center field role of the safety whenever necessary.

1. Sam Bradford

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1. Sam Bradford

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As hard as I’ve been on Sam Bradford all offseason, his preseason debut makes it hard to dole out any additional criticism. In his first game back on a surgically repaired ACL, Bradford was a sparkling 9-for-12 for 101 yards with one touchdown on an 11-yard strike to tight end Lance Kendricks. Week 1 looks promising for the QB heading into year five, and the Rams have to hope this if the season he finally lives up to his bloated rookie deal.

Anthony Blake is a Senior Writer/Copy Editor for Rant Sports. You Can Follow Him on Twitter, on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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