I am sure that we all agree that losing Clayton was one of the worst things that could have happened to the Rams other than losing Bradford or Jackson. Now, I am trying to stay positive on a sad Monday for all Rams fans. The only positive thing about losing Clayton was the fact that it showed how big of a difference it makes to have a talented #2 WR (not even a #1 - although Clayton was playing as our #1 WR). Once he was out of the game, the whole Rams team collapsed. The offensive unit was broken, Bradford had nobody to throw to. He was still being accurate but our WR just couldn't make a catch! The Lions were putting 9 man in the box and Jackson kept fighting against the entire Lions team with little chance for success. In the previous two games, we opened the field for Jackson by throwing the football and stretching the field. Now, our only deep threat is gone for the season.
My conclusion: If we don't make a move now, we are not going to win more than 1 or 2 additional games. We have no passing game whatsoever and we will be just risking Steven Jackson getting injured.
If I were Devaney, I would be on the phone talking to teams about getting a true #1 WR via trade, right now!!!
My proposal: As a mentioned on my response on a different post, I would trade our third round pick and Mary Gilyard for Vincent Jackson. I know that many of you think that VJ is too risky and I agree but this kind of trade would be of the high return / low risk kind of trade. I don't think Mardy has shown anything. He falls easily, he just runs into defenders and seems fragile. I had high hopes for Mardy but he hasn't shown me much. As far as VJ goes, I know that he is one DUI away from being suspended so I would just structure his contract accordingly. We would get to keep our 1st and 2nd round picks next year and if VJ doesn't work out, we are not losing too much.
Bradford has shown us (thanks to Clayton) that with just one really good, reliable receiver he can win games for us. Please stop grabbing leftovers from other teams / practice squads and make a move!!!! I really don't want to start thinking about next season just after 5 games.
Devaney is on the hook right now. This is what he is hired to do.
What are your thoughts? Would you do this trade? Feel free to throw a different name there instead of VJ.