It’s been tough sledding this season for the St. Louis Rams on offense without their top receiving weapon in wideout Danny Amendola. In the win this past week over the Arizona Cardinals, Amendola was limited to just seven snaps and hauled in one lone catch for 38 yards. Unfortunately for the Rams, that may be more than they get from him this Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers come to town.
That will open up even more opportunities for rookie receiver Chris Givens who made the most of his chances a week ago with five grabs for a career-high 115 yards. His speed is second to none on the Rams roster and was at the top of this past spring’s draft class as well. Quarterback Sam Bradford loves what his new weapon brings to the table saying: ”I don’t think there is a ceiling for him, I think he can be as good as he wants to be. He can stretch a defense. We can also throw him a quick screen pass and he can turn that into a big play, too.”
There’s no doubt that Givens will be a much bigger factor this week with Amendola now sporting a walking boot. His injury occurred against the New York Jets when a player fell on his right leg near the goal line. When asked about his status for the team’s upcoming tilt, he said: ”I guess we’ll see. It’s getting better each and every day, so it’s just a matter of how I feel at the end of the week. I’d like to say I’m optimistic. I always say I’m optimistic.”
Clearly there is still much to be decided for this week’s game given the uncertain nature of his heel injury. Bradford obviously has a rapport with Amendola, but he has gained quite an affinity for Givens as well in the short period of time they have had to work with one another.
After being without the services of Amendola for all of 2011 and nearly half of 2012 to date, the Rams are getting used to moving the chains without him in the lineup. It won’t be ideal, but don’t expect them to struggle too much due to his absence when they face the 49ers this weekend.
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