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Rams Gab Position Preview – Wide Receivers

We are going to be previewing every position on the Rams here at the eve of training camp.  Today we wrap up the offensive side of the ball with the wide receivers.

Two wide receivers (Horance Gant and Travis Brown) were waived yesterday, which makes this group a little less daunting in size.

Donnie Avery

Avery will be the Rams number 1 receiver by default this year.  He showed some signs last year and he has speed to burn.  He will be able to use his quickness to get inside corners on slants and behind safeties for deep passes.  Expect Avery to take a step forward in his second year.

Rest of the WRs are after the jump!

Ronald Curry

The Rams acquired Ronald Curry on the eve of training camp as he had fallen out of favor in Detroit of all places.  Curry brings size, speed and good hands to the Rams wide receiver corps.  Most importantly he brings experience, one thing that is sorely lacking.  Curry should line up opposite Avery and be a natural fit for the Rams Midwest offense.

Laurent Robinson

Robinson was acquired for a swap of draft picks before the 2009 NFL draft.  He brings a combination of size and speed that is ideal for wide receivers, but has been unable to turn his skills into results.  He can stretch the field or go over the middle.  He should battle Keenan Burton for the slot WR position in 2009 and could possibly see some starts in his future.

Keenan Burton

Keenan Burton was drafted in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL draft.  He has some injury troubles in 2008, but showed flashes of the ability that has Rams fans talking about his potential.  He will have to build on a good 2008 to get time on the field in 2009.  However, luckily for Burton, he is one of the few receivers who actually caught passes from Marc Bulger last year, so he may have an early advantage going into camp.

Brooks Foster

The Rams drafted Brooks Foster in the 2009 NFL draft out of North Carolina. As seems to be a theme with the Rams wideouts, he is a raw talent who will need some signification polish.  He should contribute to special teams in 2009 as he learns how to run NFL-quality routes and adds strength.  He’s a great athlete as he walked on to the North Carolina basketball team in 2005.

Derek Stanley

Derek Stanley is the last player is the so-called “Teen Squad” which consisted of Burton, Stanley and Avery because they all wore numbers between 13 and 19.  Stanley was used mostly as a returner before his season was ended early with an injury.  Provided he can return to full speed in training camp, look for him to resume his returner duties.  He was pressed into duty at the wide receiver position in 2008 and showed flahes of brilliance.  He is undersized, but with good speed.  He should be a solid special teams contributor and 5th wide receiver.

Tim Carter

From here it gets a little more difficult as the Rams may not keep more than six wide receivers, but Tim Carter is a 29-year old veteran wide receiver who spent 5 years with the New York Giants.  He’s a good, solid wide receiver and may be on the outside looking in based on his age.

Nate Jones

Nate Jones is a first year player out of Texas, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings last year and released.  Jones is 6-2 and 195.

Sean Walker

Sean Walker was signed as an undrafted free agent this year out of Vanderbilt.  He has the protypical speed you look for in a wide receiver, running a 4.4 40 yard dash.  Turf Show Times has a full scouting report and video of Walker.

Jarrett Byers

Byers was a star player at Northeastern State University(OK).  He set a bunch of school records and was an All-American return man. Look for him to challenge Derek Stanley for return man duties.  If he makes the squad, it will be on special teams.

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  1. […] least the Rams have the depth at wide receiver as we looked at previously to cover for Avery’s injury for the time being. Tags: Donnie […]

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