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Rams' new staff has a tough task at WR

February 17, 2017 05:39AM
Rams' new staff has a tough task at WR

Alden Gonzalez

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams have a wide receiver problem. They've had one for nearly a decade. They've had one, perhaps, since Torry Holt's 1,189-yard season in 2007. For the next eight years, the Rams didn't have a single player who caught for 800 yards, let alone 1,000. The streak finally ended with Kenny Britt, who notched a career-high 1,002 receiving yards -- despite hauling in only 61.8 percent of his targets -- in 2016.

Britt is headed for free agency now, as is Brian Quick, the former No. 33 overall pick who hasn't quite panned out. And it's up to a new staff, led by the offensive-minded Sean McVay, to ameliorate the Rams' longtime problem area, both with the scheme and through free agency.

The only established receiver locked in for 2017 is Tavon Austin, who was given a four-year, $42 million extension weeks before the 2016 season. Behind him are Bradley Marquez, who has made most of his contributions on special teams, and five players coming off rookie seasons in which they barely played: Pharoh Cooper, Paul McRoberts, Marquez North, Nelson Spruce and Mike Thomas. But the Rams are expected to have about $40 million in salary-cap space, and several intriguing options will exist in free agency.

McVay seeks "guys that handle the ball in general."

"You can't have enough playmakers," McVay said. "Certainly, that's something that we're always looking to upgrade. That receiver position is very important. A lot of yards and offensive production goes through that room. We want to try to find a way to get the best players on the field."

Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Terrelle Pryor, Kenny Stills and Robert Woods are in line to be among the best receivers available, along with Britt.

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  Rams' new staff has a tough task at WR

RamBill734February 17, 2017 05:39AM

  Re: Rams' new staff has a tough task at WR

RFL238February 17, 2017 06:51AM

  Fisher: Anyone who says we need WRs doesn't know what they're talking about

max228February 17, 2017 06:56AM

  I remember indeed.

RFL195February 17, 2017 07:01AM

  Re: I remember indeed.......Yes, McVay is music to my ears.

oldschoolramfan248February 17, 2017 10:51AM

  Re: I remember indeed.......Yes, McVay is music to my ears.

bigjimram21176February 17, 2017 11:03AM

  Re: I remember indeed.......Yes, McVay is music to my ears.

zn228February 17, 2017 11:20AM

  C'mon dude, let it go. Fisher failed

promomasterj183February 17, 2017 04:49PM

  heck I still comment on Brooks and Vermeil

zn114February 17, 2017 05:50PM

  Re: C'mon dude, let it go. Fisher failed

BobCarl172February 18, 2017 07:03AM

  "We don't need receivers"

NewMexicoRam138February 18, 2017 09:42AM

  Re: "We don't need receivers"

CraigMatson153February 18, 2017 10:26AM

  I remember at the time...

max215February 17, 2017 01:12PM

  Difficult to understand why the WRs were so bad

Rams_81105February 18, 2017 04:32AM

  Thats a fair assessment...

max139February 18, 2017 06:08AM

  Receivers have been horrific for a decade

Rams_81184February 17, 2017 11:27AM

  Re: Yes, the WR's need to be upgraded.

oldschoolramfan198February 17, 2017 12:50PM

  Ha, I took a lot of flak for panning the beloved "Gibby"

max189February 17, 2017 01:17PM

  Re: Rams' new staff has a tough task at WR

BobCarl164February 17, 2017 02:30PM

  Replace Robinson at Left Tackle and less predictability

Rams_81136February 18, 2017 04:05AM

  Re: those last 3

leafnose168February 17, 2017 04:22PM

  Re: those last 3

oldschoolramfan148February 18, 2017 06:15AM