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RamView: Week 14 – Receivers

Mixed results from the receivers this week, none more so than Laurent Robinson (2-61). In the 4th, he made as pretty a sideline catch as you’ll ever see, fully extending to snare a ball over his head while still tapping his toes in bounds. That catch was good for 29, and he beat the cover-2 for 32 on 4th-and-18 to set up the Rams’ TD. He’s also turned into the Rams’ best blocking WR since Isaac Bruce, sealing the edge perfectly for Brandon Gibson on a 13-yard end-around. All of which makes his gaffe in the 3rd quarter even more inexplicable. From the Saint 28, Robinson’s beaten his man, and Bradford lobs a pass to the left pylon that has TD written all over it, but Robinson now starts careening around like a Mardi Gras reveler, suddenly unsure which shoulder to look over for the throw. Really? The goof cost the Rams a chance to pull within 21-13. Gibson (4-67) was treated as the feature receiver. I can’t remember a game where he was the primary target so often. Bradford went deep for him the opening possession, but Gibson didn’t appear to have the speed to catch up with the ball. His bread and butter’s turning short passes into long gains. He beat a blitz and took a quick hitch for 23 to set up the Rams’ 2nd FG and he weaved through the Saint secondary for about 2/3 of a 32-yard reception in the 3rd. He was open for the TD on Bradford’s pick-six, though, had the throw been just a little deeper. Danario Alexander (0-0) was missing in action for the second straight week, though. I’m not sure he’s even gotten open since the Denver game. Furthermore, he had the best line to recover Jackson’s fumble in the 1st but tried to scoop and go instead of falling on it. Daniel Fells (3-26) made a couple of nice plays and showed his trademark difficulty to bring down after the catch. But – and who saw this sentence coming before the season? – the passing game really misses Michael Hoomanawanui’s ability to stretch and open up the field. Inconsistency’s going to be a problem with so many young receivers; it seemed to be somewhat a limiting factor today.

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