Choosing players of the game in a preseason game isn’t always about statistics, but more about impact. Not just impact on the team’s success, but the impact on that specific player’s future with the team. At the end of the day, these guys are fighting for roster spots harder than they ever have before. Handing out these empty awards can get tricky, but I have my players of the game for the Los Angeles Rams’ second preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. For this piece and for the rest moving forward, I will choose one player from each team to bestow the honor.
RB Tony Pollard
Tony Pollard tore up the Rams defense for the time he was in the game. Whether it was straight up the middle, shedding tackles and taking names, or taking it outside and burning them with speed, Pollard did it all. One specific drive where the Rams defense looked extremely lackluster, pollard exposed them, and he made them pay. Pollard finished his day with 5 carries for 42 yards, for an average of 8.4 yards-per-carry. That’s good correct?
Pollard also hauled in one pass for nine yards. Pollard’s scoring play he dragged two rams defender to the end zone, and he showed once again that the Cowboys have a special amount of depth at the running back position. Will the Cowboys miss Zeke with pollard there? Of course. Can Pollard succeed behind that behemoth Cowboys offensive line? Also yes. Pollard has a great chance to provide depth for a team attempting to pay three of its franchise cornerstone players: Ezekiel Elliot, Dak Prescott, and Amari Cooper. So yes, Pollard was great against the Rams, but he has a chance to do even more with the regular season Cowboys in the near future. Good luck to him.
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Dakota Allen, Linebacker
Dakota Allen had a real preseason break out game. Open-field tackles, downhill speed, and his flexibility on the field flashed on Aloha Field on Saturday night. The Rams defense played bad as a unit, but Allen flashed some real upside as a sure-tackling, instinctive player. Five solo tackles and three assisted tackles to lead the Rams in both categories was impressive. But his presence, just like his teammate Obo Okoronkwo, was felt more than that. Allen’s chances of making the Los Angeles Rams’ final 53-man roster is high.
The linebackers they have on the roster are largely unproven and young: just like him. If he can come out against the Broncos in six days and show out, Allen will have a chance to compete for real snaps with that linebacking core. This is as wide open of a competition as the Rams have on their roster and any player can win it. Bryce Hager, Micah Kiser, Natrez Patrick, Okoronkwo, and Allen are all unproven, young talents that are vying for shine. It’s up to Allen to prove his worth, his game against the Cowboys was a good start.
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