News and Notes: Defense Gets Going Against Colts –Simmons

By Myles Simmons

If there was one series of plays against the Colts indicative of the Rams’ potential defensive prowess, it came early in the second quarter of Saturday’s matchup.

After the special teams unit downed a Johnny Hekker punt at the Indianapolis 5-yard line, the interior of the Rams D-line went to work. Combining with Michael Brockers on second down, Aaron Donald stuffed three consecutive run plays, backing the Colts up to their own 1-yard line.

“That’s the way it needs to be,” linebacker James Laurinaitis said after the game. “That’s kind of the play we expect out of our defense. People decided to take it to another level. Our D-line fired off big time three plays in a row — Brockers and Aaron were all over it.”

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Foles, Offense Establish Rhythm Against Colts –Simmons

By Myles Simmons

It took a little time, but the Rams’ offense got going strong once again against the Colts on Saturday night.

Quarterback Nick Foles connected on 10 of his 11 first-half passes, establishing a strong rhythm with the group he leads.

“His numbers were good,” head coach Jeff Fisher said. “He knew where to go with the ball. We had a couple of protection issues, which I think you attribute to the preseason. He knew he was going to get hit and he got back up and he kept playing.”

The highlight of the first half came when Foles hit on a deep pass to wide receiver Chris Givens for a touchdown. On the play, which was the first of the drive, Foles faked a handoff, faked an end around, and then stood in the pocket and fired a strike to the end zone.

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Givens Continues to Shine in Preseason as Rams Offense Shows Signs of Life

By Norm Sanders

ST. LOUIS While quarterback Nick Foles took a definite step forward Saturday for the St. Louis Rams, one of the most consistent offensive players throughout training camp has been wide receiver Chris Givens.

Now in his fourth season, the 25-year-old Givens could be an impact player as the deep threat for Foles and the offense.

Givens hauled in a 44-yard touchdown pass from Foles in the first half during Saturdays’ 224-14 loss to Indianapolis, his second straight game with a long TD reception after catching an 80-yarder last week against Tennessee.

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Rams Continue (offensive) Line Dancing in Search of Right Mix –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

ST. LOUIS — From the moment he arrived in St. Louis after the 2015 NFL draft, Rams offensive lineman Jamon Brown has made his home at right guard.

In the months since, Brown hadn’t so much as taken a rep at any other position. Until Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

In something of a surprise, Brown started the game at left guard, his first exposure to the position since he was a freshman in college. The Rams used Demetrius Rhaney, who started last week’s game against Tennessee, at right guard. Barrett Jones got the start in the middle.

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Jeff Fisher Offers Good Prognoses on Tre Mason, Jamon Brown –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams were devastated by injury in the third preseason game last year against the Cleveland Browns. In that game, they lost quarterback Sam Bradford for the season and cornerback Trumaine Johnson for about half of it. Guard Rodger Saffold also left that game with an injury.

On Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts, the Rams had a couple of scares but, according to coach Jeff Fisher, neither of them appears to be serious.

Running back Tre Mason departed the game in the first quarter with a strained right hamstring and guard Jamon Brown followed in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle. After the game, Fisher said Mason’s hamstring strain is “mild” and said Brown’s injury wasn’t a high ankle sprain. In other words, neither should miss a lot of time moving forward.

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