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On The Bubble: WR Edition

With the cutdown from 90 to 80 players coming in a week, there is no better time than the present to look at the Rams roster and who will make the team, now we will take a look at the toughest position to call: WR.

Safe: Danny Amendola – The Rams have themselves a very capable slot receiver in Amendola.  He will need to improve on his yards per target this number this season as his numerous catches usually put him only a few yards past the line of scrimmage.

Safe: Brandon Gibson – Gibson returned from the lockout looking to capitalize on his copious potential and take the typical “3rd year WR” step forward.  Gibson has enough size with enough speed and enough hands to be a starter in the NFL.  I’m looking forward to what he can do in the regular season.

Mostly Safe: Mike Sims-Walker – The Rams gave MSW a rather risk-free deal, but I have a hard time believing they would bring him in at all just to cut him.  He hasn’t been completely healthy yet this training camp, but I would bet the Rams keep him as a #2 WR.

Mostly Safe: Austin Pettis – Pettis as a 3rd round pick gets the “mostly safe” tag as the Rams will be very hesitant to cut bait on him so early.  Pettis had a major drop in the 2nd preseason game, but made up for it with 2 great catches after that. He has had more trouble getting on the field and will need to do more work on special teams to make and stay on the team.

Mostly Safe: Greg Salas – Salas gets the mostly safe tag as well as a 4th round pick.  He has had more trouble getting on the field and will need to do more work on special teams to make and stay on the team.  Salas had a major drop in the 2nd preseason game, but made up for it with 2 great catches after that.

On the Bubble: Donnie Avery – Avery is on the top half of the bubble based on his previous production and his speed in and out of breaks down the field.  You cannot teach speed and Avery has it and should move closer to safe the more playing time he is able to get as the preseason moves along and the further he gets from his knee surgery.

On the Bubble: Danario Alexander – The Rams do not have a WR on their roster that has the size and speed combination and potential that Danario Alexander has.  However, knee injury after knee injury makes Alexander a risky proposition.  He even missed practice this week for an MRI because his knee felt “funny”.  He refused a procedure to drain his knee that would have kept him out 2 weeks.  His knee may prevent him from becoming a productive NFL receiver.  His knee also might prevent him from being picked up by another team and may be able to stay on the practice squad again.

On the Bubble: Mardy Gilyard – The Rams do not have another wide receiver with after the catch ability that Gilyard possesses.  However, getting the ball to Mardy is the problem as he has been nagged by injuries and problems picking up the offense.  However, the Rams have found ways to get Gilyard involved with quick screens to get the ball in Mardy’s hands.

Wild Card: Mark Clayton (unsigned) – Clayton burst on to the scene last year after just 1 preseason game and quickly became the go-to target for Sam Bradford until he was lost for the year.  He hasn’t been proven 100% healthy yet and so is yet unsigned, but should sign back with the Rams at some point, but it is unclear when this will happen.

Practice Squad: Dominique Curry – Curry impressed in the preseason last year on special teams in order to make the team and his special teams prowess may keep him on the practice squad this year just in case the Rams suffer an injury to any of their punt or kick off gunners.

Waiver Bait: Greg Matthews – With the traffic jam ahead of him and 2 WRs already cut, Matthews still has barely gotten reps.  He should be released before the final cut down day.

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