Thursday, October 25, 2012

State of the Rams

Sorry for my long absence. The 2012 Rams have been transformed into a competitive team that other teams probably don't want to play. The talent level has improved over last year due to sound drafting and key free agent signings, as well as subtractions. I will quickly address each position on offense as the Rams approach their bye week. QB: Bradford looks much more like he did hs rookie year running a west coast offfense. Protection as well as sound running game are necessary for his success. B RB: Richardson has surprised many by leap froggging second rounder Isiah Pead and is sharing carries with SJ39. The future may be with a 7th round draft pick but the Rams has a break away runner with speed for the first time in awhile. B WR: Gibson, Amendola are returnees with Amendola playing great pre injury. Gibson has made some spectatcular catches as well as costly drops. Veteran Steve Smith has been inactive and a non factor. 4th round Chris Givens is a playmaker and should only improve. 2nd rounder WR Quick is slowly aclimating into the NFl but coaches are high on him so we should try to be patient with him. C+ without Amendola B+ with Danny TE: Kendricks looks legit and his blocking is overlooked at times. The other blocking TE's are helping due to injuries on the OL OL: Saffold has been injured twice, and Scott Wells who missed all training camp broke his foot and has played very litte. Kudos the Paul Boudreaux the Rams OL coach for taking a few castoffs and making them play quite well at times. Barry Richardson (KC), Wayne Hunter (NYJ), and Joe Barksdale(OAK) all were released or traded by their former teams and have come in a played solidly thus far. B+ (mainly due to injury issues)