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RamView: Week 4 – Receivers

Can we just start calling #89 “Clutch” Clayton (5-72)? Seriously, the guy always seems to come up with a big play right when the Rams need it the most. He kept the first TD drive alive with a catch on 3rd-and-6, then made the biggest play of the drive with his now-patented falling-over-backwards catch on a corner route, just staying in bounds with a 34-yard gain. Brandon Gibson (3-50) caught the ensuing TD bullet despite not being open at all, and I’d lobby hard to continue starting him even when Laurent Robinson gets healthier, but he did hurt his case with a bad drop that killed a drive late in the game even though it was the first play. Danny Amendola (5-46) made one of the sickest plays ever on a 2nd-quarter 3rd-and-long. Bradford’s throw was well behind him, but he simultaneously changed directions, dived to his right and snagged the hot pass one-handed. As the sports media looks for players to compare Amendola to, I’d go with Wayne Chrebet, one of the toughest over-the-middle small receivers ever. Danny’s quickly earning that kind of reputation. Mardy Gilyard (2-13) helped tame the Seattle blitz with a couple of quick hitches, and Gibson’s 23-yard catch-and-run off another quick hitch set up a late first-half FG. Gibson made up for his drop later with an impressive sideline catch, and Clayton added another, on third down, naturally, keeping the final FG drive alive. I tell you, his name is no longer Mark; it’s “Clutch”.

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