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Scouting report: Rams running offense

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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??Here is Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty's scouting report on the Rams' running offense: St. Louis has had big problems under new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, the former Denver Broncos coach, and ranks No. 32 in the NFL in rushing yards and No. 31 in points. But at least the Rams had their bye last weekend to self scout, plus halfback Steven Jackson should be about full strength after missing most of the opener and all of weeks 2 and 3 because of a strained quad. At age 28, Jackson is a physical marvel at 6-2 and 236 pounds — he will be among the players featured in ESPN Magazine’s upcoming body issue — and still has a great combination of power and speed. He’s averaging a healthy 5.4 yards on 23 carries. While he was out, Cadillac Williams (29) was only OK (4.0-yard average on 50 carries) as the primary back. He just doesn’t have the explosion after torn patellar tendons to both knees in back to back seasons (2007 and ’08). The right side of the line, guard Harvey Dahl and tackle Jason Smith, run blocks well.

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