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RamView: Week 17 – Part 3

(I realize that this is Justin King and not a receiver, but there are ZERO pictures of Rams receivers in the game photos…which says a lot about how much the Rams receivers played a part in this game. – JR)

Receivers: A unit that’s been a disgusting mess all season ended it with another disgusting performance. Donnie Avery (2-23) was the only receiver to crack 20 totalĀ  yards but had to leave the game in the 2nd after a hard hit with a possible concussion. No one had more than three catches. Null didn’t miss open receivers today and Boller didn’t miss them much. They simply weren’t there. Any time you looked downfield after the Ram QB got in trouble, everybody was still covered, and San Francisco was doing it with their best guy out injured. This receiving corps was so poorly equipped from the beginning to take on an NFL season, it’s truly laughable. Avery’s never looked any better than a #3 slot receiver in 2009. He and Laurent Robinson and Keenan Burton all have significant injury histories. Brandon Gibson’s (3-18) very raw, though his back-to-back catches late in the 2nd helped set up a FG attempt. Danny Amendola (3-18) and Jordan Kent (1-5) are best suited to exclusive special teams roles. The TEs can block a little, but lack speed, and in Randy McMichael’s (1-7) case, hands, though he didn’t drop any today. They all lack the speed and skills to get open or create big plays after the catch. It’s been a disaster the Rams should have seen coming and one they’re going to have to clean up after significantly in the offseason. After you kick the special teams guys over to that unit, I’m not sure anybody other than Gibson’s worth keeping. What a disaster.


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