Nick Foles, offensive line stuck in neutral, Trey Watts rising

Competing for the No. 2 quarterback job, Rams quarterback Case Keenum played well and generated several big plays in Sunday's preseason game. AP Photo/James Kenney

Here are some highs and lows in terms of individual performances from the St. Louis Rams' 27-14 loss against the Tennessee Titans:


WR Chris Givens: The Rams finally got their first touchdown of the preseason with a little more than five minutes left in the third quarter of the second game. It came courtesy of Givens, who burned the Titans for an 80-yard score with a perfect throw from quarterback Case Keenum. The deep ball is Givens' best trick but it's one the Rams can use and probably why he'll stick on the roster for a fourth season.

RB Trey Watts: Watts is suspended the first four games of the season for violation of the league's policy on substance abuse, which means he needs strong preseason performances to earn a roster spot. Nights like Sunday should help. He finished with 53 yards on six carries and added two catches for 42 yards.

QB Case Keenum: Competing for the No. 2 quarterback job, Keenum offered at least one reason to lock down the job with the aforementioned touchdown pass to Givens. It was the best throw by any Rams signal caller this preseason and finally got the Rams in the end zone. The final numbers weren't overwhelming as he finished seven-of-16 for 164 yards with the score for a rating of 102.1 but anyone on the offense providing big plays should get thumbs up.


QB Nick Foles: Foles was responsible for the Titans' first touchdown, throwing an aimless pass out into the flat that Perrish Cox intercepted and returned 24 yards for a touchdown. He finished three-of-seven for 18 yards with that pick and no touchdowns for a rating of 10.7.

The starting offensive line: Of course, Foles' struggles were due in part to the struggles of this group. Without left guard Rodger Saffold, that unit didn't allow a sack but there was plenty of pressure. What's worse, they only managed to pave the way for 2.4 yards per carry on nine attempts. That's not nearly enough for a team that wants to be run-centric.

CB Marcus Roberson: Roberson has had a strong camp but had a costly miss on a tackle that led to Hakeem Nicks' 40-yard catch-and-run and allowed a couple of other completions for sizable gains. He's all but certain to be the team's No. 4 cornerback but will need to be more consistent to elevate beyond that in 2015.