Most know that things have been bad for the St. Louis Rams franchise in recent memory, but here is a stat to illustrate just how bad. At 3-2 entering week six, this is the first time since being 4-3 midway through 2006 that the team has been over .500. If the team wants to continue trending in the right direction, they know that some receivers need to step up and become a go-to guy for quarterback Sam Bradford in wideout Danny Amendola’s absence.
There is no shortage of candidates to do just that, but attempting to determine who will emerge is a very inexact science. The team has plenty of options in Brian Quick, Brandon Gibson, Steve Smith, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis, and even tight end Lance Kendricks, but which can even begin to try and replace Amendola as Bradford’s safety blanket?
While Givens is a speedster who has impressed and factored in some during the season, he and Gibson are in the same boat as one-trick ponies for now. Smith and Pettis haven’t really been worth mentioning as Pettis has caught three and Pettis five passes to this point. Kendricks has 10 catches to this point and found the end zone for the first time this season last week, but he doesn’t scare anyone yet.
The one player yet to reach his potential here is Quick. By all accounts he is a beast on the practice field, but just doesn’t get the playing time on Sundays. Head Coach Jeff Fisher has been mum saying simply that others are ahead of him on the depth chart, but that hardly seems possible. Quick is ridiculously talented and needs to start showing the dedication to his craft that will earn him an opportunity to become Bradford’s new go-to man during the next 11 weeks of the season.
No one knows if the Rams can keep this going and just how long they can remain over .500, but the other receivers’ ability to help replace Amendola’s production will go a long way in answering that question. Right now the clubs is just hopeful that one of the options listed above will take the bull by the horns, earn Bradford’s trust, and help get this offense going as the year progresses.
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