The preseason is a time most people believe to be meaningless. Fans don't read into it, and a lot of coaches don't read into it as far as it having anything to do with regular-season performance. However, individual performance means something in the months leading up to the first week of September.
There's always that group of players on the bubble, playing for their NFL lives to continue past August. Often times, the performances of individual players means something to the rest of the team, and it can be a sign of what is to come. The score means nothing because starters aren't playing for the whole game, but the score when the starters come out is certainly important.
The St. Louis Rams made some decisions this preseason that are already having impacts on this team. Most recently, they traded Jason Smith for Wayne Hunter. They switched head coaches, which in itself resulted in a few other changes.
So with all that's occurred in the 2012 preseason, what can the St. Louis Rams take away from it? What are the important lessons learned heading into a new season? Let's find out.