When you think of Rams vs. Titans one memory instantly comes to mind. Super Bowl XXXIV. The Greatest Show on Turf congers up that last second reach by Titans WR Kevin Dyson one yard short of the goal line to prevent a potential game-tying touchdown. That game’s hero in my book: Rams LB Mike Jones.
Fast forward 12 years later.
Sam Bradford is the new Kurt Warner. Steven Jackson is the new Marshall Faulk. But who’s going to step it up and be the Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce of the new Rams?
Tonight’s game should give us a closer look into the continuing battle for the last couple of roster spots for the WR position.
My locks for WR’s are: Danny Amendola, Mike Sims-Walker, Austin Pettis, Greg Salas, Brandon Gibson, and Danario Alexander.
This leaves the likes of Mardy Gilyard and Donnie Avery on the bubble if the Rams want to carry more than 6 WR’s. Then there’s Joe West, Greg Matthews, Jared Jenkins, and Dominique Curry on the outside looking in.
Gilyard’s strength comes in his versatility as a special teams contributor and Donnie Avery, if he can show he still has the speed, will give him a leg up.
But this second game is going to showcase the starters a bit more. Coach Spags indicating the first team could see significant more playing time – maybe up to the entire first half of the game.
I’m looking to see who they will utilize to stretch the field and how effective they’ll be. My eyes will be on Mike Sims-Walker, Danario Alexander, and Donnie Avery.
Another position I will be keeping an eye is the secondary.
Veteran (Ok, I think they could call him Grandpa Al…) CB Al Harris is slated to play tonight probably rotating in between Ron Bartell and Bradley Fletcher.
With Titans start RB and the lifeline of the team holding out for a mega contract most of the focus will on a familiar NFC West mug of newly aquired QB Matt Hasselbeck. I’m sure Hasselbeck will have a few notes or two about the Rams from over the years.
Look for Spags to be aggressive in going after Matt Hasselbeck with plenty of pressure from the D-line. I think rookie DE Robert Quinn will chalk up his first NFL preseason sack tonight. I’m calling it now.
One Titan we need to look out for is Cortland Finnegan. He could be wreaking havoc down field.
I’d like to see a repeat of last week’s “almost no penalties” by the Rams. For the most part they played a clean game.
I’ll be in attendance at the game tonight again courtesy of Mr. Kevin Demoff and his Twitter trivia questions. Thank you, Mr. Demoff!