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.