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Sto­ry­line of the week

Rest vs. rust: Head coach Sean McVay again opted to rest QB Jared Goff, RB Todd Gur­ley and the rest of the Rams of­fen­sive starters, mean­ing they’ll head into Week 1 with no pre­sea­son snaps played to­gether. This brings into ques­tion whether McVay is be­ing too cau­tious with his star play­ers or if it’s the right move, con­sid­er­ing how fre­quently pre­sea­son in­juries oc­cur. NT Ndamukong Suh and S La­mar­cus Joyner showed they’re ready for the reg­u­lar-sea­son opener in the vic­tory against Hous­ton, but even the start­ing de­fense was given only two se­ries of work. If Los An­ge­les comes out flat against Oak­land in two weeks, this game will be brought into ques­tion.

Rookie watch

McVay has yet to give rookie QB Luis Perez a sin­gle rep dur­ing the pre­sea­son. The Rams aren’t likely to carry three quar­ter­backs and he cer­tainly won’t be Goff’s backup, mean­ing his only chance of stay­ing with the Rams is on the prac­tice squad.

Cam DaSilva, Rams Wire

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