Around the NFC West: Ready for kickoff

Around the NFC West: Aug. 8, 2013

Good morning, NFC West.

The division has three exhibitions on the schedule Thursday night, giving us something to assess beyond training camp practices. The Thursday night lineup -- St. Louis at Cleveland, Denver at San Francisco and Seattle at San Diego -- comes one day before Arizona opens its exhibition schedule at Green Bay.

Our new Rams reporter, Nick Wagoner, will have you covered on the St. Louis game, which begins at 8 p.m. ET. I'll take it from there with the San Francisco (9 ET) and Seattle (10 ET) games.

NFL teams somewhat controversially charge full price for exhibitions, requiring season-ticket holders to buy tickets to 10 home games instead of just the eight meaningful ones. The preseason games have value for those interested enough to follow position battles throughout the roster. Mostly, though, fans are left to hope key players avoid significant injuries.

I'll be back in a bit with a look at notes of interest for the Broncos-49ers and Seahawks-Chargers games. Nick will take a look at Rams-Browns.