While they don’t have anyone on their roster who could by any definition be considered a number one receiver, Mike Sando of ESPN.com reports that there are enough wide receiver candidates on the St. Louis Rams roster to create a lot of competition if and when training camp starts. Teams tend to keep between four and seven wideouts on their opening day roster, with six being the usual number. The Rams opened the season with six in 2010.

Jack-of-all-trades Danny Amendola appears to be firmly entrenched as the slot receiver. Rookies Austin Pettis and Greg Salas were drafted early enough — among the first four rounds — to qualify as likely keepers. They would have to struggle beyond reasonable expectation for the team to risk placing them on waivers before their rookie seasons. Veterans Donnie Avery and Mark Clayton will likely figure into the mix prominently if sufficiently recovered from injuries. Those are the five leading candidates for rosters spots at this point, at least in Sando’s view.

Then there is a logjam for the sixth roster spot. Brandon Gibson, Danario Alexander, Laurent Robinson and Mardy Gilyard are all candidates. But if Dominique Curry bounces back strong from a knee injury, his value on special teams could come into play. The final wide receiver generally must contribute on special teams to justify a roster spot. He almost certainly must do so to factor on the 45-man game-day roster.

Many believe that the Rams will pursue a big-time wide receiver in free agency. Names mentioned have included Minnesota Vikings receiver Sidney Rice, and Plaxico Burress is a wildcard choice once he is released from prison. Any free agency move will likely mean another pink slip for one of the wideouts currently on the roster.


3 thoughts on “St. Louis Rams Wide Receiver Logjam will Create Competition

  1. And that is the problem, isn’t it? Danny catching 100 balls for a total of 100 yards does not a winner make. Love him but he needs help. In total, the WR position competition looks to be solid if Avery and Clayton can heal. However, if they can find a way to acquire someone’s #2, they could easily be the Rams’ #1. I will be interested to see how Plaxico is treated once released. Radioactive or active?

    1. Danny’s a worker and his attitude and work ethic has earned him unquantifiable gratitude from not only Rams fans but the organization itself, I’m sure. He’s the man. Really excited to see how Avery comes back. He was the first wide receiver selected in the 2008 NFL Draft, and well… the circumstances haven’t been the best, and in 2010, the year he was supposed to break out, he suffers a season ending injury. We’ll see how he responds.

      The Bradford-Clayton connection was amazing before Clayton was injured for the year. I think it had something to do with both guys being former Sooners, don’t you think?

      I’m excited to see how they implement Pettis. I had the ‘honor’ of watching him tear up the field against Virginia Tech. He definitely has the ability to get out in the open and catch passes. Apparently he isn’t a strong route runner, but Bradford showed in his rookie campaign that he’s all about improvising, so we’ll see what happens from here on out.

  2. Yeah, rams should do good when training camp starts. They should not only practice and focus on developing the skills of their receiver but also on their wideouts player. But I believed these roster of players will do good in their playoffs and have really the talents and skills to reach the top in every game seasons.

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