RamView: Week 2 – Receivers

Funny, I just checked Laurent Robinson’s (1-4) birth certificate, and Laurent is his middle name. His first name is “blanketed”.  I give the guy credit for sometimes being able to catch in a crowd, but that’s what he’s always in. Doesn’t take Nnamdi Asomugha to cover him, either; somebody called Stanford Routt was plenty good enough to blanket Laurent. The Rams try to get Robinson involved; he’s just never open, like on Bradford’s INT in the 4th, where Routt coated him like Pepto-Bismol and probably ran a better route, too. Mark Clayton (2-24) made the most of his two catches, scoring two TDs. I assume Asomugha had coverage on him most of the game (because you didn’t see much of either on TV), but not on either of these catches. The Raider secondary looked confused by play-action on the first TD, a simple 7-yard skinny post, and he beat Tyvon Branch for his second TD, making an excellent fingertip catch and doing a brilliant job to keep his feet in bounds and not pull a Calvin Johnson in Chicago last week. Speaking of brilliant, Daniel Fells slipped off the line, got behind coverage and made a jaw-dropping one-handed catch on the way to a 36-yard gain that should have set up a FG. He deserved at least that much after doing the splits involuntarily during the tackle, and my groin still hurts in sympathy this morning after seeing that. How tough a nut is Danny Amendola (4-39)? He springs right back up after blatant roughing by Rolando McClain and tries to get in his face, then, the very next play, gains 16 right back over the middle to set up Clayton’s 2nd TD. Kid is fearless. Unfortunately, the Ram passing game is not. Jackson was the leading receiver. At least in part because the receivers couldn’t get open downfield, the Ram game plan retreated into a conservative shell and died there. Not having to go against Asomugha may open things up in the future, but this offense has got to do better than that.


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2 Responses to “RamView: Week 2 – Receivers”

  1. oldman says:

    Rams need to after Chase Coffman & get a big catching TE.

  2. Mike says:

    I have been intrigued with that same idea, and Coffman was available off the waiver wire a couple of times. He’s supposed to be recovered from his broken foot from last season.

    A possible problem, I think, is that they’d have to sign him to the active roster to get him off Cincinnati’s practice squad. Also, there’s the question of his blocking ability, though that’s probably not going to keep Onobun off the field Sunday.

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