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THOUSAND OAKS Authentic Ndamukong Suh Jersey , Calif. (AP) —ootout in which the Los Angeles Rams allowed 51 points and 546 yards to the Kansas City Chiefs, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was focused on the positives.The Rams had three interceptions, recovered two fumbles, scored two defensive touchdowns and were able to add one more win to their record.“Yeah, we want the five turnovers,” Phillips said Thursday. “We don’t want all the other stuff. But that’s what we’re working towards.”After a sterling start to the season that included six consecutive scoreless quarters and allowing Arizona to run one play in Rams’ territory in a dominant 34-0 win, Los Angeles has allowed 31 or more points in five of its past eight games. That total includes each of its past three games, but Phillips remains upbeat about the trajectory of his defense.The main source of that optimism comes from the Rams’ ability to generate takeaways against the Chiefs. The defense did not have an interception in its three previous games against Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson, and it forced only two fumbles in those three games against Green Bay, New Orleans and Seattle, but was able to turn up the pressure against the Chiefs.Phillips was especially pleased with the interceptions by cornerback Marcus Peters and safety Lamarcus Joyner in the final minutes when the Chiefs had chances to tie or win the game. The ability to make plays in critical moments, Phillips said, has been one of the defense’s best attributes.“The good thing about this team Youth Robert Woods Jersey , defensively, is they have been resilient in key situations,” Phillips said. “How many times in the last two minutes have they come through and made plays where they cause a turnover? The last game, they have a great offense and they have already scored 50 points, they get the ball with two minutes left and another time with two minutes left and we get two turnovers.”However, Phillips would like to see improvement in other areas start this week against the Detroit Lions when the Rams (10-1) can clinch the NFC West with a win.It could come with cornerback Aqib Talib on track to play for the first time since sustaining a high ankle sprain that required surgery against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3.Rams coach Sean McVay said Talib made it through practice Wednesday without any setbacks and expected the veteran defensive back to play against the Lions.McVay called Talib’s impending return a “big boost to our football team,” but said the exact nature of his participation would be determined later in the week.“What does that mean in terms of snap count, what exactly that role is, really it is something that we’re going to continue to evaluate based on the way his ankle responds,” McVay said. “If things go the way we anticipate, we hope and what we expect, then I think you can expect to see him play.”Getting Talib back could make a major difference in how the Rams perform, as the defense is allowing nearly a full yard per play more without him. The Rams have allowed 6.43 yards per play in the eight games without Talib, compared to 5.59 yards per play in the three games Talib started.Slot corner Nickell Robey-Coleman said Talib’s presence means more than being able to play the press coverage Phillips prefers.“For him to be back on the field http://www.authenticslosangelesrams.com/cheap-michael-brockers-jersey , I think it only makes everybody better. Listening to a veteran call things out — ‘Watch out for this, watch out for that’ — he’s real good at things like that,” Robey-Coleman said. “When we got him back, it’s like all our confidence came back in a sense.”The Rams should also have outside linebacker Matt Longacre back in the lineup against the Lions. Longacre was a surprise inactive against the Chiefs, which McVay said was solely because of the game plan for that week and not because of performance. Longacre has appeared in 10 games this season, making seven starts, with 15 tackles and one tackle for loss.“It wasn’t anything Matt did or didn’t do,” McVay said. “He’s been a very good player for us, but he didn’t do anything that was like, ‘OK, he’s not playing at a certain level.’ It was just specific to the game plan.”NOTES: Defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks participated in Thursday’s walk-through after not practicing Wednesday because of illness. With LT Andrew Whitworth and C John Sullivan were both full participants Thursday after getting a day off to rest, every player on the Rams roster was available. Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds prepares every week as if he is a starter.With Cooper Kupp not expected to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday because of a knee injury, Reynolds will finally get to take his mindset literally."If you practice like you're a starter or prepare like you're a starter, you know White Andrew Whitworth Jersey , you're pretty much a starter," Reynolds said Wednesday."You know everything. You know your assignments. You know what you're supposed to do, and that's like 95 percent of offense. If you know what you are doing then you'll be pretty good."In his second season out of Texas A&M, Reynolds proved his worth as a reserve against Seattle in Week 5 when Kupp got a concussion late in the second quarter. Reynolds had two receptions for 39 yards and one carry for 10 yards, all on three consecutive plays during Los Angeles' first possession of the third quarter.When quarterback Jared Goff called the fly sweep, Reynolds was still tired from making his first catches of the season. But the whole sequence confirmed that Reynolds was capable of playing without a drop-off behind the three starters in Kupp, Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods."I kind of just chuckled and was like, 'Yeah, we're going to be fine," running back Todd Gurley said.For Reynolds, who had played just nine of the Rams' 267 offensive snaps through the first five games, the quick introduction got him right in the flow of the game."I wasn't used to three plays in a row like that from being a backup kind of guy," Reynolds said. "But definitely being able to go in there and get those catches, it builds some confidence for me leading through the rest of the game and it helped a lot."Reynolds was pressed back into action when Kupp sprained his knee at Denver on Sunday White Brandin Cooks Jersey , though he did not make as much of an impact as the previous week. He had one reception for a 2-yard loss and had another pass hit him in the facemask, bouncing up in the air and being intercepted.It was only the sixth turnover of the season for the Rams, something Reynolds credits to Goff's timing and the overall rhythm of the offense. He is still getting used to it after playing nearly 60 percent of snaps the past two games.Still, Reynolds has made substantial strides in his overall understanding of coach Sean McVay's offense."I'm able to work things out," Reynolds said. "I'm feeling a lot more comfortable with the offense and knowing my assignments, so it definitely slows the game down for me."The difference will be on display this week, as McVay effectively ruled out Kupp from the Rams' third straight road game.To add depth at receiver, the Rams signed free agent Nick Williams on Tuesday. Williams has familiarity with some of the terminology and schemes McVay uses after playing in Washington, Atlanta and Tennessee. Williams most recently worked with former Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur in a stint with the Titans earlier this season.The addition of Williams became even more important as Reynolds was limited during Wednesday's walkthrough because of a hand injury. Despite leaving the locker room with his hand wrapped in ice, Reynolds was looking ahead to a possible matchup with 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman."He's an elite athlete, but at the same time I'm a player," Reynolds said. "We're going to have to compete. I'm not starstruck."NOTES: DE Michael Brockers (shoulder), OLB Matt Longacre (back) and LG Rodger Saffold (knee) did not participate Wednesday.



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