The Rams got their preseason off to a decent, relatively healthy start, dropping a 26-24 contest to the Saints on Friday night. As an exhibition game -- especially the first one -- the score does not matter as much as the way the teams played, and the individuals who made an impression. Veteran defensive end Chris Long is firmly entrenched as one of the most important pieces of the Rams’ defensive attack. But new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has said that he’d like for Long to get his hands up more when he’s rushing the passer. Apparently, the big defensive end has been listening. On the first drive of the game, Long came rushing from the left side, got his arms up, and picked off a short Luke McCown pass to give the Rams the ball at the New Orleans 47. Cornerback E.J. Gaines had a particularly strong first half, especially tackling. The sixth-round pick made a big stop near the goal line early, and another nice tackle on the sideline later in the half. The rookie lit up Twitter as well, with plenty of fans happy about how the rookie looked in his first NFL action. Gaines finished with a team-leading six total tackles on the game. And it would be remiss not to mention seventh-round pick, Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay athlete to play in an NFL preseason game. Sam played at left defensive end for most of the game and had a couple moments, including a QB hit in the second quarter.