The Rams' first three picks from the 2013 NFL Draft stole the show in Saturday's 27-26 loss to the Denver Broncos. WR
After the defense forced QB Peyton Manning and the Denver offense to punt, Austin gave those watching a taste of why the team traded up to No. 8 overall in this year’s Draft, when he returned a punt 81 yards and nearly punched it into the end zone. Austin also returned a punt for 23 yards in the second quarter and finished the night averaging 52 yards per return.
As part of a strong defensive effort throughout the first half, the Rams recorded their first takeaway of the preseason when Ogletree ripped the ball out of RB Ronnie Hillman's hands, recovered the fumble, then returned it 13 yards for his first NFL touchdown. CB
Olgetree showed off his skills again when he put a halt to Manning's two-minute drill at the end of the first half. The 30th overall selection in this year's Draft tipped the pass to himself, then hauled in it for his second takeaway of the game. Olgetree finished with six tackles and two tackles-for-loss, according to press box statistics.
“It felt great to get out there and play fast and get my first touchdown and first interception," Ogletree said. "It was a great feeling tonight, so I’m very excited.”
The Rams' third-round pick, McDonald took Denver points off the scoreboard when he blocked a 34-yard Matt Prater field goal in the second quarter. McDonald also came up with some key tackles downfield in the first half.
Ogletree and McDonald were part of a complete defensive performance that held Manning to only one touchdown despite three trips into the red zone.
The veterans also looked sharp. QB
Bradford's continued success with Cook wasn't the only positive glimpse that came out of Saturday's contest. After leaving early in the first preseason game and returning to practice this week, RT
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Several defensive linemen got looks in the first half,
While the Rams improved in the giveaway/takeaway column by creating four turnovers, they did not improve in the area of penalties. The team finished with 10 penalties for 69 yards.
The Rams will look to continue their improvement when they close out the preseason in the Edward Jones Dome against the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 29. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.