Tag:St. Louis Rams
Posted on: August 28, 2010 10:29 am

Gilyard the guy to replace Avery?

Posted by Will Brinson

My man crush on Mardy Gilyard has been quite apparent -- it stems, quite stupidly, from his ridiculous talent on Madden '11 . Oh yes, and all the even more ridiculous things he did while at Cincinnati. Either way, though, I've felt like, since the Rams drafted him, that he could be a sleeper to have a big rookie season on a team that'll be chunking the ball a lot.

Turns out, with Donnie Avery now out for the entire 2010 season , he'll get his chance. That's according to Howard Balzer who says that Gilyard has "the chance to show he's more than just a slot receiver."

Laurent Robinson is probably the only other guy who could provide a "No. 1 wide reciever" presence for the Rams, and with he and Gilyard it's really more in the sense of having a warm body there than it is having a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver.

It's why at least gambling on Vincent Jackson -- or seeing if the Chargers are willing to let the Rams gamble on V-Jax anyway -- makes a little bit of sense for the Rams .

Unless they think -- and are correct -- that Gilyard (or Robinson) can be "the guy," in which case the Rams might still be able to exceed the (somehow even lower than they were two days ago) expectations that people have for them in 2010.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 12:22 am
Edited on: August 28, 2010 10:30 am

Should Rams target Vincent Jackson?

Posted by Will Brinson

It's a question that has to be reasonably asked, particularly after news broke on Friday evening that Donnie Avery -- the closest thing St. Louis had to a No. 1 wideout -- will miss the entire 2010 season .

It's at least worth considering for a number of reasons. First of all, Jackson, for all his off-field issues, grew into a premiere wideout with Philip Rivers and could potentially do the same with Sam Bradford, if the Rams could justify spending upwards of $10 million a year on him.

The justification there is that you don't want to be forced into lobbing a $50 million investment onto the field with no one to throw to; and honestly, Bradford/Steven Jackson/V-Jax at least has the beginnings of a pretty formidable offensive core, especially if Roger Saffold and Jason Smith can develop.

Secondly, the Rams would at least seem like a team that the Chargers might be interested in talking trade with -- it's likely that their second-rounder (the reported pick needed to swap for Jackson) would be high-value enough to warrant making the swap, and it's hard to make a case for why San Diego wouldn't be willing to speak with St. Louis, who resides in the same division as Seattle, a team that DID get the opportunity to talk with Jackson's agent Neil Schwartz about a deal.

Jeff Gordon of STL Today makes a solid point too : new Rams' owner Stan Kroenke might be willing to pony up some cash on his new franchise. After all, if you have the equivalent of a really expensive Hyundai in his garage right now -- if you're gonna drop that kind of coin on a semi-decent-but-potentially-lame car, why not going ahead and throw some rims on that puppy?

Jackson, of course, will miss at least three games during the regular season, and that's kind of a nightmare. But no one's expecting the Rams to win the Super Bowl, much less contend in the NFC West, so in the long-term, those three games aren't dealbreakers, especially if you can leverage Jackson's issues into a contract with plenty of incentives.

With Jackson seeming quite willing to sit out the entire season in San Diego and lose a year towards free agency, there's no reason to think he'd be upset about having to take roughly 10 paces backwards in terms of pursuing a championship, particularly if it meant he got paid.

And yes, you can expect to read a "[NFL Team] should go after Vincent Jackson" piece every time someone loses their top wideout for the majority/all of the season. With Jackson's status, that's just how things are going to roll.

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 6:15 pm

Rams say Avery done for year; no QB starter yet

Posted by Will Brinson

Donnie Avery was carted off after hitting his knee on the turf while trying to make a catch during the Rams-Patriots preseason game on Thursday and we mentioned last night that reports were surfacing that Avery could be out for the year.

Turns out, the worst case news is now official -- the Rams' Twitter account announced the news via head coach Steve Spagnuolo.

"WR Donnie Avery has torn ACL, will wait a little for surgery. He's out for the season."

@OneRamsWay later tweeted that "A.J. Feeley out again this week. Spagnuolo says Bradford will start again."

They did add, though, that Bradford's time would be more limited than it was against the Patriots and that the team is "not ready to make a decision on a starting QB right now."

While Bradford's strong performance certainly helps make the potential decision to throw him into the fire easier, the loss of Avery also makes it a little bit harder (presuming, of course, that they want him to have the best available opportunity to succeed).

Provided that Bradford can play as well against the Ravens next Thursday as he did against the Rams, though, it's going to be pretty tough to keep him on the bench for what amounts to an easy opening slate for St. Louis.

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:02 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2010 12:03 pm

Hot Routes 8.27.10: we talkin' 'bout practice

Posted by Andy Benoit

Clinton Portis is getting props for his new dedication to practice. Funny what the sense of being in your twilight can do for your work ethic.

Dez Bryant is running routes for the first time since injuring his ankle.

Giants Pro Bowl center Shaun O’Hara is out two weeks due to soreness and swelling in left ankle/Achilles. Is this a chronic injury that could follow the 11th-year veteran all season?

Sam Bradford lit it up as the starter in St. Louis’s third preseason game. So that means he’ll be under center in Week 1, right? Probably, though don’t expect Steve Spagnuolo to confirm that just yet.

Something that stood out in the Packers-Colts game was the way Green Bay’s veteran offensive tackles, Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, handled Indy’s speed-rushing ends, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Very impressive.

Rhett Bomar could soon challenge Jim Sorgi for the No. 2 quarterback job in New York.

Hugh Jackson talked about the Raiders offense that he’s now in charge of.

Kudos to Marc Bulger for his charitable work to help service men and women.

The Bills aren’t revealing their quarterback rotation for Saturday’s game just yet, though we know that Trent Edwards is the starter. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm have been competing for the top backup job.

Jason Taylor talks about his frustrating time in Washington.

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 11:19 pm

Report: Avery done for season?

Posted by Will Brinson

Donnie Avery suffered a nasty knee injury during Thursday night's game against the Patriots -- the lone downside to a game that showcased just how good Sam Bradford can really be.

Turns out, according to a report from Fox Sports' Adam Caplan, the injury could be much worse than expected, and Avery could miss the entire season .

Caplan cites a source that indicates Avery's "exact injury isn't known" but the "fear is he'll miss the entire 2010 season."

If the report's accurate, the Rams -- even with Bradford's potential -- are in trouble, as he's easily their top receiving threat.

Laurent Robinson and Mardy Gilyard are talented players, but the Rams aren't exactly loaded with wideouts who can step in and make a difference right away, making the possibility of losing Avery for the remainder of the year disastrous.

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 10:01 pm

QBs blowing up on Thursday night, Avery hurt

Posted by Will Brinson

We tweeted earlier wondering who would have the best numbers between Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning.

Rodgers won the battle (but not by much), throwing up a monster first half line, going 21/29 with 195 yards and 3 TDs. Manning wasn't exactly bad though, going 13/23 with 199 yards, 2 TDs and an interception.

Elsewhere (well, in New England, actually), Tom Brady and Sam Bradford are having a decent little night of their own.

Brady went 10/12 for 175 yards and 2 TDs including a 65-yard bomb to Randy Moss; Brady also "lost" a series when Brandon Tate took the opening kickoff 97 yards to the house.

Bradford, in what amounts to an audition for the Rams' starting job, looked superb while going 15/22 for 189 yards and 2 TDs. (Of course, ex-Duke guy Thaddeus Lewis had, as of this writing, ripped the Pats for 74 yards and a TD, so maybe it's a defensive thing.)

Bad news hit for the Rams, though, when Donnie Avery left on a cart after a nasty knee injury.

We'll keep you updated on that as we find out more.
Posted on: August 25, 2010 11:09 pm

NFC West Podcast Preview (Feat. Doug Farrar)

Posted by Will Brinson

Okay, so I actually recorded this NFC West podcast with the inestimable Doug Farrar -- of Football Outsiders, Shutdown Corner and Washington Post fame -- a week ago today, but because of scheduling stuff and other things, I didn't get a chance to post it in blog form until now.

However, this wouldn't be an issue for you if you were already subscribed to our iTunes feed , now would it? (I'll wait here while you fire up iTunes and get subscribed. Done? Excellent.)

Anyway, Doug, a Seahawks fan by nature and a football expert by craft, and I discuss whether Sam Bradford should start in St. Louis, whether Pete Carroll can succeed in Seattle (and who the mess he'll start at running back), if Matt Leinart is the truth in Arizona, and if it's finally San Francisco's year.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:05 pm

Sam Bradford to start Thursday

Posted by Andy Benoit

With A.J. Feeley dealing with a right thumb and elbow injury after St. Louis’s preseason win over Cleveland, Sam Bradford will get the start against New England on Thursday. Feeley was seen on the practice field Monday but isn’t expected to play this week.

Also, in other Rams news, Pro Football Talk reports that former Rams defensive tackle Claude Wroten has been reinstated by the NFL after serving a minimum one-year substance abuse suspension that wound up lasting almost two years. Wroten was a third-round pick in 2006; he was suspended in 2008.

And, since we’re already knee-deep in Rams content here, we’ll go ahead and mention that Stan Kroenke could get approved for Rams ownership this Wednesday.

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