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Rams Open Season With 7 Receivers

September 6, 2011
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Throughout training camp and the preseason schedule, the most intriguing positional battle in St. Louis was at wide receiver. Over the weekend, the Rams trimmed their roster to 53 players, cutting nearly 20 players including Mardy Gilyard and Donnie Avery. Instead of focusing on who did not make the team, let’s take a look at the receivers who did make the team:

Danny Amendola: Amendola’s job was never in doubt being as though he was the Rams go-to guy last season and he flourished catching passes from Sam Bradford. He will mostly be used in the slot and might occasionally receive the ball on end-around reverses.

Mike Sims-Walker: Sims-Walker came to the Rams via free agency after his stint with Jacksonville. SW has caught 14 touchdowns the past two seasons despite being hampered by injuries. He will probably become one of Sam Bradford’s favorite targets along with Amendola. His red zone presence will create matchup nightmares for opposing teams.

Brandon Gibson: Gibson impressed during the second half last season after the injury to Mark Clayton. He ended the year with over 600 yards receiving and could be set for a breakout year in 2011. He is a good secondary option for the Rams.

Greg Salas: Salas was drafted in the 4th round out of Hawaii and was impressive during the preseason. His best performance came in Tennessee, when he teamed up with Thad Lewis to march the Rams into field goal territory.

Austin Pettis: Pettis was drafted in the 3rd round out of Boise State. He was almost invisible during preseason play, but the Rams don’t want to give up on his talent after just five weeks of practice. He will have to prove himself on the practice field if he wants to see significant playing time.

Danario Alexander: Danario has be oft-troubled by his knees. When he plays he has an impact on the game, as seen last year. He can be the deep threat the Ram have been lacking for the past few seasons. But this is somewhat of a gamble by Spags. It’s hit or miss.

Chris Chamberlain: Chamberlin made the roster last season, but mainly plays as a special teams superstar. Although he’s listed as a receiver, don’t be surprised if he doesn’t catch a pass all year. But he can still have a huge impact on the team.

These are the seven for now. Things will become interesting once again when Mark Clayton is fully recovered from his injury. There’s no doubt Clayton would take over someone’s roster spot, and if he can play as well as he did before the injury last season, he will be a nice mid-season upgrade for this team.

-KG

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