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RamView: Week 11 – Part III

RamView, November 22, 2009
From Row HH
(Report and opinions on and from the game.)
Game #10: Arizona 21, Rams 13

* Receivers: Brandon Gibson’s (5-61) impressive game last week kind of made us forget he’s still raw as sushi, and he certainly looked it today. He was confused whether or not to be on the field a couple of times, including the first play of the game, starting the Rams off with a penalty. Gibson fought about every part of his game. He fought his timing with his QB. He must have zagged when Bulger zigged half a dozen times. He fought the ball in the air, appearing to lose the ball in the lights on an end zone fade late in the 3rd that landed harmlessly a yard in bounds. He fought the ball in his hands, with a couple of critical drops, including another pass in the end zone in the 4th that was right in his breadbasket. He fought the referees, seemingly (and immaturely) pleading for a penalty flag almost every time he didn’t make a catch. All that said, the kid still made some good plays. He’s an aware and strong blocker. He’s a good YAC receiver and makes nice moves after the catch. The Rams have just been so desperate at WR that they’ve thrown too much at Gibson too soon. Donnie Avery’s (4-65) resurgence, and Danny Amendola’s (4-61) reckless abandon, will help there. Avery set up a chance to tie the game in the 4th with 29- and 21-yard receptions. The first was a smoke route where he took off like a Maserati after excellent blocks by Amendola and Randy McMichael (2-17). Avery couldn’t out-wrestle Rogers-Cromartie in the end zone on 4th down for that tying score, though. Amendola made the 2nd FG possible by spinning out of a tackle to gain 15 on a smoke route and with a 3rd-and-9 downfield catch. He made the Rams’ TD possible with an impressive catch, snagging the ball over his head with Velcro-like hands in a crowd at the 1-yard line, a 25-yard gain on 4th-and-11. Receiver mistakes were a big problem in today’s loss, but this unit is still gelling despite its inexperience and injuries. There’s a good future here.

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