Friday, August 9, 2013
Rams rookie review: WRs see few targets
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. – Thursday night’s game in Cleveland provided the Rams’ seven-man draft class the first opportunity to step off the practice field and into a game situation.
The results were a mixed bag, but at least each of them got an opportunity.
WR Tavon Austin, first round, No. 8 overall: Played nine snaps on offense, one on special teams. The Rams played it safe with their new toy as Austin didn’t get many chances. He was targeted once but was unable to come up with the catch. He also went back to return a punt, but it fell well short of Austin and he had no chance to return it.
LB Alec Ogletree, first round, No. 30 overall: Played 23 snaps on defense, two on special teams. Had some mix-ups in coverage and gotbeat on Cleveland’s first touchdown. Finished with two tackles.
Rams rookie Stedman Bailey caught two passes for 27 yards in his preseason debut.
S T.J. McDonald, third round, No. 71 overall: Played 23 snaps on defense, three on special teams. Missed a tackle early and also got mixed up in coverage once or twice. Led Rams defenders with five tackles.
WR Stedman Bailey, third round, No. 92 overall: Played 27 snaps on offense, four on special teams. Tied for second-most reps among wide receivers. Targeted three times, came up with two catches for 27 yards.
OL Barrett Jones, fourth round, No. 113 overall: Played 26 snaps on offense, four on special teams. Worked on the interior with backup offense. Moved around well for someone coming off foot injury.
CB Brandon McGee, fifth round, No. 149 overall: Played 18 snaps on defense, six on special teams. Finished with one tackle.
RB Zac Stacy, fifth round, No. 160 overall: Played 21 snaps on offense. After sitting out practice most of Monday and Tuesday, Stacy didn’t look to be full speed but still carried seven times for 23 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards. Also had a drop.
Undrafted rookie roundup: TE Philip Lutzenkirchen came up with the catch of the night, dragging his feet inbounds along the sideline for a 13-yard gain in the fourth quarter. … LB Darren Bates led the undrafted rookies in tackles with four and was active on special teams, playing 13 snaps. … S Cody Davis led all defensive players in snaps played with 41. He broke up a pass and nearly had an interception. … LB Ray Ray Armstrong also played quite a bit, working 37 snaps on defense and a team-leading 14 on special teams. … S Rashard Hall had a nice pass breakup but missed a chance to come up with an interception when he got his hands on a late pass but couldn’t pull it in.