Wide receiver Danny Amendola has been a real question mark for the St. Louis Rams all season long. His availability has been up in the air seemingly every single week since the week 5 game where he injured his collarbone. Now the ailment that is bothering him is his foot which was injured three weeks ago against the New York Jets. The real question is though, after the Rams picked up a win minus Amendola last week, how much does the team really miss him?
That seems like a ridiculous question given his 51 catches for 576 yards and two scores in just eight games of action this season, but the Rams have plenty of other pass catchers picking up the slack of late.
The last two weeks, rookie speedster Chris Givens has been the one to step up with a career-high 11 grabs for 92 yards in week 13 a week after he eclipsed the 100-yard barrier for the first time in his career in a game where Amendola was limited to just one catch. Givens isn’t the only candidate to pick up the extra reps however if Amendola cannot go on Sunday.
Brandon Gibson has shown flashes this season, but he hasn’t even garnered a target in the last two games let alone a catch. Tight end Lance Kendricks obviously needs to step up and he has been getting more looks of late, but the Rams offense doesn’t seem to utilize the tight end very often. Austin Pettis, Brian Quick, and Steve Smith all caught balls last week, but none of the three have been big factors for the St. Louis offense to date.
What has been the biggest weapon for the team when Amendola is not on the field is clearly the running game. Steven Jackson has been running like he is angry in recent weeks while rookie Daryl Richardson provides a nice change of pace in small doses. Expect the Rams to focus more on the ground game this week against the Buffalo Bills and less on finding a potential replacement for Amendola in the passing attack.
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