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Rams vs. Jaguars: Running Blog

Posted by nickwagoner on September 1, 2011 – 10:23 PM

Jacksonville, Fla. –

Fourth Quarter

– The Rams got a 1-yard touchown run from Chase Reynolds to make it 21-10 but the Jags answered with a 1-yard touchdown run of their own from DuJuan Harris to cut it to 21-17.

– Lewis continued to make plays on third down to set up a 35-yard field goal by Brown to make it 24-17 with 1:36 to play.

– The Jags started again at their 20.

– A long drive came up short and the Rams held on.

– The Rams move to 4-0 on the preseason, the first time since 1979 they have accomplished the feat.

Third Quarter

– Lewis takes over at QB to open the half as the Rams start from their 20.

– A roughing the passer penalty gave the Rams a free first down and Lewis hit Salas for a big gain into Jacksonville territory.

– That set up a third-and-10 from Jacksonville’s 47. Lewis hit Salas again for a gain of 12 to the 35 and a first down.

– Lewis followed with a dart to Avery for a gain of 14 more and a first down at Jacksonville’s 21.

– Toston picked up 6 yards on the next play and 14 more on a screen pass from Toston to Lewis.

– Toston punched it in from a yard out for a touchdown and a 14-7 lead with 7:13 to go in the third.

– The Jags started again from their 31.

– They moved quickly behind rookie QB Blaine Gabbert to set up a 48-yard field goal from K Josh Scobee to trim the Rams’ lead to 14-10 with 3:44 to go in the third.

– At the end of three, the Rams lead 14-10 with possession in their territory.

Second Quarter

– The Rams made wholesale changes to the offense, removing the starters to open the second quarter.

– Feeley hit Onobun for a gain of 10 to set up a third-and-5. Under pressure, Feeley threw an interception that the Jags returned to the Rams’ 48.

– Bradford finished 7-of-11 for 133 yards with a touchdown for a rating of 135.8.

– The defense got it right back for the Rams, forcing another three and out.

– The Rams take over at their 20.

– The offense was unable to make much progress as Alexander narrowly missed an opportunity for a big play as he couldn’t hang on.

– The Rams took the starting defense out on the ensuing possession. That group had a strong night, holding the Jags to 54 yards on 18 plays with only 8 yards passing.

– Jacksonville began methodically moving down the field with Luke McCown eating up yards with a series of scrambles.

– McCown hit Potter for a gain of 20 the Rams’ 37.

– Two plays later, he hit Cecil Shorts down the middle for a 17-yard touchdown to tie it at 7 with 3:46 to go in the first half.

– At the end of the first half, the Rams and Jaguars are tied at 7.

First Quarter

– Rams kicked off to open the game. Jags started at their 28 after a fumble they recovered.

– On third-and-5 from the 32, David Garrard threw deep for Kasim Osgood. Defensive pass interference was called on Justin King, though it appeared to be well covered to give the Jags a first downa at the Rams’ 33.

– A sack by Chris Long on third down ended the drive though and Jacksonville had to punt.

– The Rams took over at their 19 after Gilyard fumbled and recovered the punt.

– The offense quickly surged into Jacksonville territory as Bradford dropped off a screen pass to Jackson who made some defenders miss for a gain of 27 yards and a 15-yard late hit on Bradford to move it to the Jags’ 38.

– An end around to Amendola and two incompletions forced a punt, though, and Jacksonville took over at its 6.

– The Jaguars got a first down but persistent pressure from the Rams front 7 forced another punt and the Rams took over at their 35.

– The Rams got a quick 12 yards on a completion to Kendricks and Amendola followed with an 8-yarder to the Jags’ 45.

– On third-and-1 with the whole world looking for a run, Bradford sold the handoff to Jackson, who hit a wide open Kendricks who took it in the end zone for a 44-yard touchdown and a 7-0 Rams lead with 5:12 to go in the first.

– The defense got a quick three and out and Bradford and Co. went back to work.

– Bradford hit Kendricks for 17 more yards followed by dump offs to Williams for gains of 14 and 11 yards.

– At the end of the first quarter, the Rams lead 7-0 with the ball deep in Jacksonville territory.

Pregame Notes

– Greetings from Everbank Stadium where the Rams and Jaguars are preparing to wrap up the preseason tonight.

– The Rams starters are expected to play the bulk of the first quarter, somewhere between 15 and 25 plays. Coach Steve Spagnuolo will likely play it safe, though and the likes of MLB James Laurinaitis and RB Steven Jackson will be monitored closely if they play at all.

– Normally, the starters don’t play much at all in this final preseason contest but because of the condensed training camp, Spagnuolo wants to see the group sharpen up a bit more before next week’s regular season opener against Philaldelphia.

– Tonight is all about the back end of the roster with closing statements being made by a variety of the younger players and backups. Some battles and names to watch tonight:

QB: Thaddeus Lewis, A.J. Feeley – Spagnuolo says the pair is competing for the backup job but they could also be battling for the team to keep three signal callers over two.

RB: Jackson, Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood seem to be in good shape, as does FB Brit Miller. But Keith Toston could stake a final claim with some good running and special teams play.

WR: This is the one everyone knows about. Brandon Gibson, Mike Sims-Walker and Danny Amendola seem to be safe. Donnie Avery, Greg Salas, Austin Pettis, Danario Alexander, Mardy Gilyard and Dominique Curry could help solidify spots or earn them with a big performance. Don’t forget about special teams in this race, too. Guys like Gilyard and Curry can make hay there and that’s important for guys at the bottom of the depth chart at the position. Keep an eye on that.

OL: The starting five is set. Renardo Foster and Adam Goldberg seem to be in good shape. But there’s an intriguing battle between Hank Fraley and Quinn Ojinnaka going on for likely one more spot on the interior.

DE: The Rams could theoretically keep six ends since Spagnuolo kept 10 last year and places a premium on ends that can play on the edge and kick inside. It’s probably more likely they’ll keep five, leaving a battle among Eugene Sims, George Selvie and C.J. Ah You for what will probably be two spots.

LB: Laurinaitis, Ben Leber and Brady Poppinga are set as starters it appears. That means three or four spots behind them are up for grabs. Josh Hull seems to be in good shape as a special teamer and backup at MLB. That leaves two or three spots for Chris Chamberlain, Bryan Kehl, Jabara Williams and Zac Diles to duke it out. The Rams kept six LBs last year coming out of the preseason but they didn’t have as much depth then, either.

S: Quintin Mikell, Craig Dahl and Darian Stewart are locked in. The Rams probably won’t keep more than four though it’s possible they could have a fifth. That leaves a battle among veterans James Butler and rookies Jonathan Nelson and Jermale Hines for the final spots.

– Rams inactives tonight include Laurinaitis, DT Justin Bannan, C Drew Miller, TE Michael Hoomanawanui and DT Fred Robbins.

– Bannan is not here because he’s attending the birth of his first child. Best of luck to he and his family.

– Gary Gibson starts for Bannan. Hull starts for Laurinaitis.

– Newly signed DT Marlon Favorite is wearing No. 72.

– The Rams are wearing the white jersey with gold pants.

– Of note for the Jags, T Eben Britton, DT Tyson Alualu and LB Daryl Smith are inactive.

– Stay tuned throughout the game for updates.

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One Response to “Rams vs. Jaguars: Running Blog”

  1. By Sharad on Sep 1, 2011 | Reply

    I hate living in New Jersey just because the Rams games are almost never on TV and I don’t think I can deal with Direct TV. Lets get 10 wins and a playoff victory this year so we can get some national exposure please. For me?

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