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Nelson Spruce comes up big in preseason opener

Spruce was the leading receiver for the Rams on Saturday night.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Nelson Spruce had a big night on national television in the Rams first action since returning to Los Angeles. In front of 89,140 at the LA Coliseum, Spruce finished the game with six receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown, displaying nice chemistry with third-string quarterback Sean Mannion (formerly of Oregon State).

Spruce was a major bright spot for a Rams wide receiver that largely disappointed. Hopefully we'll see more this preseason as he works to make the roster.

In the second half Mannion made a connection with Spruce, the Westlake Village kid who went to Colorado and set Pac-12 receiving records on poor teams. He snagged six passes for 51 yards, including a touchdown.

"Pretty much of a dream thing, getting to do this in my home city," Spruce said.

"That's why we drafted him," coach Jeff Fisher said. "He'll have an opportunity to help us down the line. What he and Tyler (Higbee) did was a continuation of what we've been doing in camp."