NFL Preseason Preview - Green Bay (0-1) at St. Louis (0-1)
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Rams will play their final home game of
the 2014 preseason when they host the Green Bay Packers in a rare afternoon
kickoff on Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome.
The Rams are still looking for their first exhibition win after dropping a
26-24 decision last week to New Orleans.
Veteran signal caller Shaun Hill threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Rams
in the setback, while Austin Davis picked up 134 yards and a score on 10-
Both starting quarterbacks, New Orleans' Drew Brees and Sam Bradford of the
Rams, were given the night off.
Rookie defensive end Michael Sam, who is trying to become the first openly-gay
player in the NFL, played almost 40 snaps and acquitted himself well.
"Mike played pretty well, got tired as well," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.
"But, he was in the 35-to-39-play range. Played with effort, made some
mistakes. I would expect him to play much better this week after he gets
whatever it is behind him like the rest of the rookie class, first-year guys.
First preseason game is a little nerve wracking but I think he'll settle
Sam entered the game at left end for with about five minutes left in the first
quarter and left with about five remaining in the third quarter.
"The hardest critic is going to be myself," he said. "I could have done a
little bit better, but I'm not mad about my first game. I know I could have
Green Bay is also searching for its preseason victory after Jackie Battle's 7-
yard touchdown run with 5:02 remaining lifted the Titans a 20-16 victory over
the Packers in a rain-soaked affair at LP Field last Saturday.
The rainfall amount reportedly reached three inches in the vicinity of the
stadium, making ball security a problem for both squads. They combined for
eight total fumbles.
Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, running back Eddie Lacy and wide receiver
Jordy Nelson were all healthy scratches on Green Bay's first team.
Backup signal caller Matt Flynn threw for 49 and third-stringer Scott Tolzien,
who is pushing Flynn, passed for 124. Veteran James Starks rushed for 49 yards
and a score.
Bradford, who hasn't played since tearing his ACL last October, is expected to
start against Green Bay.
"He's going to play," Fisher said. "I haven't decided how much, but he's going
to play this week."
Rodgers is also scheduled to at least take a few snaps for the Packers.
"It's a real good defense," Rodgers said of the Rams. "It'd be nice to take a
couple hits maybe, legal hits. This is the time of year we're trying to get to
be playing the right way and get in and get out."
Saturday's game will be just the fifth preseason meeting between the Rams and
Packers. The teams have split the prior four meetings.
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