On offense, there is only one way for the St. Louis Rams to truly overcome the loss of star Danny Amendola in the passing game: by committee. Quarterback Sam Bradford seems to understand that concept as he has been spreading the ball around effectively to a number of different receivers since Amendola’s injury. That philosophy is working quite nicely as exhibited by his game against the Miami Dolphins this past week.
In Miami, Bradford tied a season-high with 26 completions and set another season-high with 315 yards through the air. Those catches were all distributed across the board for the team as 10 different receivers caught balls (five wideouts, three running backs, two tight ends).
Using a plethora of different pass catching options is the ideal philosophy for a young, run-heavy offense anyway. Head Coach Jeff Fisher chimed in on how the young is progressing without Amendola saying: “When Danny was injured, we were asked, ‘How are you going to replace him? We said, ‘Everybody was going to step up,’ and they have. Austin Pettis shows up and helps to keep drives alive in the slot. Steve Smith makes some catches, so the guys are all contributing.”
There is no shortage of talent on paper in the team’s receiving corps with two picks in the top four rounds this past season at the position and two others in the top three rounds the year before. Although one of those players has now moved on, each of the remaining receivers has the talent to emerge as a premier pass catcher.
This approach of throwing the ball to whoever is open regardless of the numbers on the jersey works best for a team without a true number one receiver. The Rams are starting to realize that and Bradford is going through his progressions until he finds the open man. If this continues and the running game keeps up the production, look out for this offense in the second half of the NFL season.
Follow Anthony Blake on Twitter @AnthonyMBlake or on Facebook at Anthony Mizarkus Blake