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Johnny Football Provides Much-Needed Practice for St. Louis Defense
While rookie Johnny Manziel has yet to climb the ladder to success and is hardly a renowned NFL passer, his scrambling abilities will provide a great service for the St. Louis defense.
The Rams face both Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson twice a year. As a result, their defense must be able to contain scrambling quarterbacks at all costs.
Manziel is great with his legs and will give them some much-needed practice. In fact, don't be surprised if a handful of first-team defenders stay in longer than expected simply to get reps against Manziel.
Brian Quick vs. Joe Haden
Rams receiver Brian Quick made some big plays against Green Bay, but it'll be interesting to see if he's capable of doing the same against one of the NFL's best cornerbacks in Joe Haden.
If the hype is to be believed and Quick is actually on the brink of a breakout, he'll need to prove it against top competition. This could be his first chance.
Cleveland Run Game vs. Rams Defense
The Rams have basically been incapable of stopping the run this preseason, which is quite a surprise considering the St. Louis defense was primarily built to stop the run.
Browns running back Ben Tate gave the Washington Redskins a hard time last week after carrying the ball 10 times and averaging over five yards a pop. He'll give the Rams a nice test this week.