By Rams Nation's Site Staff
Battle of the Week
Chad Kuhns, Dan Curley and J.R. Niklos for starting FB - Niklos entered camp as the nominal starter, but struggled with his blocking and then suffered a concussion three days before the exhibition opener against Oakland.
He did not play, leaving an opening for Kuhns, who has impressed the coaches with his blocking ability. He did "real well," against the Raiders, according to coach Mike Martz. Not bad for a guy cut by the Jets in May. Curley was drafted this year as a tight end/fullback, but wasn't able to practice for the first time until Aug. 4.
Aeneas Williams vs. Kim Herring for starting FS - With Jason Sehorn out until October, the Rams want someone at free safety that can make big plays. Herring hasn't been able to do that the last two seasons. Williams practiced at free safety for the first time Aug. 4, and started there against the Raiders. However, he would only move there full time if the team's young cornerbacks - Jerametrius Butler, Kevin Garrett or DeJuan Groce - show they are capable of starting opposite Travis Fisher.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
RB Arlen Harris - The undrafted free agent rushed for 56 yards on nine attempts against the Raiders, caught two passes for 20 yards and also returned two kickoffs for 51 yards. He ran hard, while also showing quickness.
DT Jimmy Kennedy (1st round) is still "a ways away from where we need him," according to line coach Bill Kollar. Kennedy is getting pushed around by offensive linemen. ... LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (2nd), continues to impress with his instincts and ball awareness. ... WR Kevin Curtis (3rd) caught four passes against the Raiders, and blended in well, after missing a lot of practice time because of a quad injury. ... Shane Walton, drafted as a cornerback, played well at free safety against the Raiders and will remain at that position.
Players out for the first game were tackle Grant Williams (back), guard James Broyles (hand), WR Mike Furrey (ankle), S Jason Sehorn (foot) and FB J.R. Niklos (concussion). Williams is progressing and is expected to practice this week.