The Los Angeles Rams lose their first preseason game of the 2018 season to the Baltimore Ravens, 7-33, without most of their starters on the field.
Head Coach Sean Mcvay elected not to start most of the Rams first stringers including: Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Ndamukong Suh, Aqib Talib, and Marcus Peters. As expected, Aaron Donald was also no where to be found as he awaits contract negotiations with the team before he decides to rejoin them.
It was the backup running backs for the Rams, who impressed in Gurley’s absence. John Kelly took on most of the workload and ran his way to 77 yards, including his longest run of the night which went for 40 yards. Justin Davis also looked well, with an impressive 41 yards on just seven carries for the game.
Mcvay will have a few options to backup Gurley during the regular season in Kelly and Davis, and with a clear 1-2 punch lacking for the Rams, Mcvay might have a decision to make before the preseason concludes.
For the Ravens, the game brought a second look at their first-round rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson impressed, going 7-18 throwing with a total of 119 passing yards. He also had an ankle-breaking run that led to six points for the Ravens and an embarrassment for the Rams secondary.
The Rams will take on the Oakland Raiders in their second preseason game next Saturday Aug. 18 at 1 pm PT. This will be the team’s first home game of the 2018 season and should result in an appearance from most of their starters for a drive or two.