From Weakness to Strength: How St. Louis Rams Upgraded The Wide Receiver Position
One of the weakest areas for the St. Louis Rams heading into the offseason was the wide receiver position. The club traded for Brandon Lloyd from the Denver Broncos before the deadline in 2011, but he chose to sign with the New England Patriots in free agency.
The new regime in charge of player personnel put a clear focus on the wideout spot in the NFL Draft selecting Brian Quick in round two and Chris Givens in the fourth round. Both players figure to see plenty of action in year one and expectations are high for their respective performances.
With General Manager Les Snead and Head Coach Jeff Fisher had to add some new pieces, the team still has Danny Amendola returning along with youngsters Greg Salas and Austin Pettis. Much was expected of Pettis as a third rounder in 2011, but Salas has outperformed him to this point as the fourth round selection.
There are four young players with plenty of potential at the receiver position giving quarterback Sam Bradford a slew of options in the passing game. Add in tight end Lance Kendricks who was the second round choice in 2011 at full strength this season and it’s clear to see there is no shortage of targets for Bradford.
What remains to be seen is whether or not each of them can live up to the draft status given to them by the organization. If they can, the weaponry surrounding Bradford leaves no room for excuses in year three even in a new offensive scheme. If they struggle however, the Rams could again find themselves sputtering on offense and finding it difficult to score enough points to win games in 2012.
At least the new brass for the Rams has put forth a concerted effort at helping Bradford succeed in the coming year. The receiver position has transitioned from a problem area on the depth chart to a wealth of talent in just one offseason.