Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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August 17, 2013

Rams improve on offense in loss to Packers

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With Bradford at the helm, the offense managed 169 yards on four possessions. Bradford, who played until the final minute of the first half, finished eight for 12 for 156 yards.

First-round draft choice Tavon Austin, the No. 8 pick, caught four passes for 28 yards.

The Rams made a concerted effort to get the ball to the speedy Austin, who didn’t make a catch and was targeted only once in a preseason-opening 27-19 loss at Cleveland on Aug. 8.

“It was nice to get him a few balls,” Bradford said. “I thought he did a great job.”

The Rams didn’t stress the running game against Green Bay, rushing 22 times for 52 yards and one first down.

“We really didn’t commit to the run,” Fisher said. “It was hard because of what (the Packers) were doing. They kind of forced us out of it from a line of scrimmage standpoint. We’ll get back to it this week.”

Fisher indicated that backup quarterbacks Davis and Kellen Clemens remain close in the battle for the No. 2 spot. Clemens served as No. 2 on Saturday and completed 2 of 11 passes for 27 yards. Davis, who came on in the fourth quarter, hit on seven of 15 passes for 114 yards and the lone score.

Fisher says Davis will be listed as the No. 2 quarterback in Saturday’s game at Denver.

The St. Louis defense held Green Bay to just four field goals over the first three quarters, but Fisher said the unit still made too many mistakes.

“We didn’t tackle as well as we’re capable of,” he said. “We have to get better at it, and we will.”

The Rams play host to Baltimore on Aug. 29 before opening the season at home against Arizona on Sept. 8.

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