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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Jared Goff raved about the first-team offensive line, said it "no doubt" felt different: "They've done a great job, just as a whole. They've really worked together; they're starting to jell. I think you saw that last Saturday. The Oakland defensive line is no slouch. They have some dudes over there. They did a great job keeping them away and giving me a good pocket. It wasn't just throw it and get hit. It was clean, the whole time."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams QB Jared Goff, when asked if Saturday's performance gives him confidence: "I think it does that for the whole team, just seeing it come to fruition. ... But it wasn't like it was shocking."


Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

No surprise, but RB Lance Dunbar, who has spent all year recovering from an old knee injury, will begin the season on PUP. Behind Todd Gurley, it's Malcolm Brown, Justin Davis and Aaron Green, perhaps in that order.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean McVay, on Rams-Chargers, the "Fight For LA" and Saturday's game: "It offers a great opportunity for two teams, in a great market, to try to put a sound product out there. I think it'd be a little different if we were both in the NFC."


Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean McVay, on the Rams' offense: "We know that we have a long ways to go. Certainly last week was positive, but by no means does that mean that we've arrived."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Change of plans with Rams starters for the third preseason game. They'll have a similar workload to this past Saturday, playing through the first quarter and potentially into the second, rather than an entire half. Todd Gurley got eight carries against the Raiders and may get even get less against the Chargers. Offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth, Rodger Saffold and John Sullivan will probably exit before Goff, too. Starters obviously won't play in the fourth preseason game in Green Bay.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams coach Sean McVay is going with Floyd Mayweather.


Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders make it official, waive DE Jimmy Bean to make room for reinstated LT Donald Penn, who ended his 26-day holdout on Wednesday.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The Colin Kaepernick rally concluded after about an hour and a half of speeches, poems and prayers. Hard to tell how many people were outside the NFL headquarters in NYC, but suffice to say it was a lot more than the approximately 70 who showed up in the first rally back in late May.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean McVay said Mike Martz reached out to Rams PR to clear the air. "I thought it was classy of him," McVay said.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan's thoughts on his former Bills and Jets quarterbacks were captured in Tuesday night's episode of Hard Knocks during an ESPN production meeting with Bucs QB Jameis Winston. "I'm jealous because I never had a quarterback like you, you know what I mean?" Ryan said to Winston. "That's why I'm sitting here and I'm pissed off about it." Ryan also gushed over DeSean Jackson, asking the Bucs receiver, "How much would it have cost us if I was still in Buffalo to come get you? Because you know that was part of the plan." When Jackson mentioned the cold weather, Ryan said, "I would have brought a heater or something in there for you."

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Official: QB Chad Henne will start for the Jaguars against the Panthers tomorrow. Blake Bortles backs him up.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jaguars have named QB Chad Henne the starter for their preseason game against Carolina on Thursday, a move that may mark the end of Blake Bortles' career with the team. Coach Doug Marrone made the announcement Wednesday evening after Henne and Bortles split reps with the first team over the past five practices. Marrone decided to have the two compete for the starting job after another lackluster performance by Bortles in last week's loss to Tampa Bay. Bortles will get reps with the first team against the Panthers.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees believes there is something to take away from his defense being ranked No. 1 in the preseason


Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys announced a crowd of 8,261 for Wednesday's practice, bringing the three-day total of practices in Frisco to 21,868. The Cowboys will practice at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting perspective from Sam White, a white member of Kaepernick's fraternity, the historically black Kappa Alpha Psi. Asked about seeing more white NFL players start supporting Kaepernick's cause, White said, "On one hand, you have to say it's a good thing. But on the other, it's about g--damn time ... Still, where are the white superstar players who don't have a lot to lose? Where's Aaron Rodgers? Where's Tom Brady?" He thinks the support for Kaepernick's cause could go much further.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian on listening to Matt Ryan's input on the offense: "There has to be some give and take. If I'm just stubborn and don't take his input, sooner or later he's going to stop giving that input. So, I really try to be open to it. And if we don't go with the suggestion, I explain why, and Matt's good about it. But for the most part, all of his ideas or suggestions or thoughts are very thoughtful and really fit well with what we're trying to do. And generally, we go with it."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Garrett won't commit to Ezekiel Elliott playing Saturday, but the running back took first-team snaps against the scout team in prep work for the Raiders. He didn't do that last week in getting ready for the Colts. If Elliot plays, it would be similar to last year when he received 14 snaps.