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Training Camp Position Breakdown: WR

Let’s begin our spin around the Rams roster breaking down every player and their role in the 2010 Rams, if they are going to make the team and their role in the future.  Today we are going to cover the crowded field at WR.

The wide receivers are the camp battle to watch as there is a ton of intrigue from the possible starters down to the rookie free agents.  I’m really excited about the potential here.  There are not a lot of sure stars amongst the wide receiver corps, but they have a ton of room to grow and at least 1 is bound for a breakout in 2010.

Donnie Avery – The key to Avery’s 2010 season is staying healthy.  If he can stay healthy he can keep his speed in tact, which is the most important dimension to his game.  Avery should also benefit from a better QB situation in 2010.  When Sam Bradford and his accurate deep ball enter the game, Avery’s deep speed should be much better utilized.

Laurent Robinson – We saw just enough of Robinson in 2009 to get very excited about the future of his career with the Rams.  However, we also saw Robinson pick up another injury, which is something that has plagued him throughout his career.  Again, if Robinson can stay healthy, look for him to have a huge impact with the Rams this year.

The rest of the WRs are after the jump!

Danny Amendola – Amendola was picked up under the radar in the middle of the 2009 season off the Eagles practice squad and immediately made an impact with the Rams returning kicks and punts and in the passing game.  Amendola is a player from the Wes Welker Texas Tech playbook.  He is small, quick and shifty and tough.  However, he is not quite as shifty or quick as Welker, but should still be a useful player for the Rams in 2010 and beyond.

Keenan Burton – Keenan Burton is another Rams wide receiver that cannot escape the injury bug.  He started to put a few catches together in 2009 before he was lost for the season.  Are you starting to see a trend here?  He’s a good solid possession receiver when he can get on the field.  I tend to think Burton’s roster spot is more in jeopardy than Amendola’s.

Mardy Gilyard – The Rams fans were clamoring for the Rams to select a WR in the 2010 NFL draft and the Rams finally obliged at the top of the 4th round selected Mardy Gilyard a talented wide receiver from Texas Tech Cincinnati.  He has similar traits to Danny Amendola, but a higher upside.  Common knowledge seems to indicate that the Rams would not keep both Gilyard and Amendola on the squad, but I think they will.  Here is Mardy Gilyard’s draftee scouting report.

Brandon Gibson – Brandon Gibson was acquired mid-season in 2009 for Will Witherspoon and after a few games he made his debut with a splash.  After 1 game, everyone (including myself) thought he was a future #1 or #2 receiver.  He came down a little from that first game, but was hampered by the midseason pickup and the fact that the Rams had three different starting quarterbacks during his time with the Rams in 2009.  Some consistency would be great for Gibson in 2010, but he is still in a dogfight for a roster spot.

Jordan Kent – Kent was picked up late in 2009 due to injury problems and impressed the Rams mostly on special teams.  He’s the Rams biggest WR at 6-4 but has bounced around the NFL in his short career.  If he makes the team in 2010 it will be based on his special teams prowess.  He is certainly a candidate to be cut by the Rams at one of their roster cutdown days.

Brandon McRae – Bradon McRae is one of the big stories of training camp so far.  He’s an undrafted free agent out of a major college program (Miss State) whose draft stock took a hit because he missed almost all of his senior year with a leg injury.  He’s got prototypical size at 6’3” and 208 lbs and has gotten rave reviews from Steven Jackson to anyone who attended any of the Rams’ practices.  I took a more in depth look at McRae here.

Dominique Curry – Dom Curry is another rookie free agent who has impressed in camp, but he has been overshadowed by McRae.  Curry played at small Cheney University in Pennsylvania and got signed by the team after the yearly “tryout” day. Steven Jackson was also impressed by the work of Curry in camp.  The Rams are just too full at WR to keep Curry, but he is a candidate for the practice squad if the Rams want to keep tabs on him.

Brooks Foster – Brooks Foster’s 2009 rookie season was over before it even began.  He injured his foot in the 2009 Lindenwood scrimmage and was placed on the IR ending his season.  The Rams just could not spare the roster spot while they waited for him to return to health.  Late in the season they probably regretted that decision as they were picking WRs off the street to play on Sunday.  That puts Foster at a bit of a disadvantage amongst the other WRs from 2009.  He’s a talented player and a 4th round draft pick in 2009, so look for the Rams to give him every opportunity to make the team.


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3 Responses to “Training Camp Position Breakdown: WR”

  1. jeremy says:

    Good stuff. Though Gilyard = Cinci, not Texas Tech. I was surprised to find out he is a more Amaendola type player, I was under the impression he was longer legged and longer body type.

  2. Jeff says:

    Thanks jeremy, I’ve fixed the error.

    Those black and red unis – I always get them mixed up.

  3. Jigz says:

    Gilyard was a super stud in college. Watched him almost every week when I was at school in the Midwest. I would be shocked if he doesn’t make the squad. Amendola is a player with a ton of heart and some solid moves, but if it comes between he and Mardy it will be tough for him to continue playing in Blue and Gold…

    Also what is going on with Gibson. He looked pretty good last year when he played and now I hear Nothing about him. Is he in a battle with Foster? Do you think he’s making the team?

    My Picks: Avery, Robinson, Gilyard, Amendola, McRae, and let Gibson and Foster fight it out for the last spot…

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