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RamView: Week 1 – Receivers

* Receivers: The Rams season opener strongly resembled a Sooners alumni game, with Bradford hitting Mark Clayton 10 times for 119 yards. Yes, he’s been here a week and he’s the #1 wide receiver. But as much as Clayton should be applauded for his big plays and quick integration into the offense, he had three drops to go with them, and they were all killers. They were on third downs or came when he was otherwise wide open. He’ll make plays like the brilliant spinning, diving, sliding 39-yard catch in the 2nd to set up a TD, or his 33-yard catch-and-run late in the game to help the Rams get in close, and even makes nice catches in traffic, but he’ll also take a big play away from you with a drop. That wasn’t all with the butterfingers. Laurent Robinson (3-18) scored the Rams’ TD but had a brutal drop, and three catches isn’t a lot to come away with when you’re targeted nine times. I just don’t see that he gets open much. Billy Bajema (3-18) put two balls on the ground but got bailed out by his QB and by an offsides penalty. Michael Hoomanawanui (1-8) sprained an ankle early, Fendi Onobun was inactive and the TEs did not generate a credible downfield threat. Nobody did, really, other than Clayton. Danny Amendola (6-67) was effective from the slot, and set up the Rams’ first score with a 36-yard catch-and-run on a crossing pattern where he broke an arm tackle and sped away from a collision between a fellow Ram receiver and two Cardinals. The Rams are going to have to hope for big improvements, though, in this corps’ consistency and ability to get open downfield.

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