As the St. Louis Rams are getting ready to take on the Green Bay Packers in just a couple of hours, the season is beginning to inch closer and closer. This will be the only the fourth time these teams meet during the preseason with the last meeting being in 1994.
Although these two teams have faced off recently during the regular season, with the Packers winning both games the past two seasons, a preseason win for the Rams can be a boost of confidence heading into their dress rehearsal versus the Denver Broncos next week.
The Rams are coming off a 27-19 loss to the Cleveland Browns during their first preseason matchup as they kept their game plan very vanilla. The Rams were successful during the first team’s final series, but it was in large part to wide receiver Chris Givens.
In this match up, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher will be looking to see how the other offensive weapons come out and perform.
Tight end Jared Cook signed a five-year, $35-million contract that left a lot of people in the NFL scratching their heads. Last year Tennessee offensive coordinator Chris Palmer, was only able to get Cook the ball 44 times. Jeff Fisher knows what talent his tight end posses and plans on using him far more than just 44 targets.
Quarterback Sam Bradford and Cook have built such a strong rapport during the offseason, most reports that came out during the time off were more then those two then a Bradford and Tavon Austin combo.
Many experts around the league see the potential Cook can deliver on offense. According to Peter King of theMMQB.com, he believes the tight end is the “single-best player” he has observed all camp.
On the other side of the ball many Rams fans should have their eye out for linebacker Will Witherspoon. This is a name Rams fans should be familiar with as it was not long ago that Witherspoon was starting at linebacker for the defense.
The 12th year veteran not only has experience playing for the Rams from 2006-09, but he is also familiar with coach Fisher as he started for his defense in Tennessee in 2010.
It is presumed that Witherspoon will get the starting spot for the Rams when they start off the first four games of the regular season without starting linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar. Dunbar has been suspended for violating the leagues PED policy.
Fisher was very upset and called his linebackers actions “selfish”. “We’ve known about it for some time and, obviously, we’ve been dealing with it,” the coach said.
Dunbar is coming off one of his best seasons, so it is disappointing he will not be there for the Rams when they start the season. The Rams will go into the season already short in depth at the linebacker position. Witherspoon has proven he can start in the NFL so it won’t be so easy for Dunbar to return form suspension and take his starting role back.