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Around the Horns – 9/14

Bradford impressive in first start

Although the Rams were unable to pull off the upset of the Arizona Cardinals, rookie QB Sam Bradford gave many fans a reason to have hope. In his first regular season start, Bradford went 32 – 55 for 235 yards with 1 TD and 3 INTs. Although the numbers aren’t gaudy, Bradford’s poise was a sight for sore eyes who’ve dealt with Marc Bulger for years. His first pass of the game was a rollout to the left in which he threw on the run and fired a perfect pass to Mark Clayton falling out of bounds. He improved throughout the game and gave the Rams a chance to take down the defending NFC West Champs at the end of the game. Read more here.

Clayton makes big splash

Newly acquired WR Mark Clayton made his presence known in his first game with the Rams. He led all receivers with 10 catches and was clearly Bradford’s #1 target, being thrown to 16 times. Unfortunately, one of those six incompletions was a dropped perfect pass from Bradford that likely would have led to 6. He finished the game with 119 yards. Fantasy-wise, it might not be a bad idea to pick up Clayton. Expect more of that to come. For more fantasy info, click here.

Injured players already piling up

Around the league, teams had many players who went down on opening weekend, and the Rams were no exception. They learned on Monday that they would lose backup OLB Chris Chamberlain for 6-8 weeks with a foot injury. CB Kevin Dockery injured a hamstring and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. On offense, RB Steven Jackson and WR Laurent Robinson both had an MRI on their knee and ankle respectively, but neither are expected to miss any time. For a full injury report, click here.

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