Ok folks, so I just read an article by Bernie Miklasz and he points out that another WR 4th round pick was making an impact in this league, Tampa Bay's Mike Williams. I believe in our coaching staff, and I have to say i may not agree with them keeping Gilyard off the field as I believe a few designed plays to get him the ball would showcase his talents, I do not believe you can compare Williams and Gilyard for a few reasons.
!. Mike Williams, had a first round grade going into his senior year at Syracuse. Mike Williams was no secret in college football he was an extremely gifted athlete and wide receiver at Syracuse but after going through an abysmal year on the Syracuse football team, quit after disagreements with his coach and a tough time keeping his grades up and focused on preparing for the NFL and the NFL draft. This alone put him ahead of Gilyard in a development stand point.
2. Hampered by NFL rules Gilyard couldn't participate in OTA or any mini-camps. For a rookie receiver these couldn't be more crucial. it takes long enough to transition from college to the NFL most receivers don't seem to really come into their own until their 3rd NFL season. They need all the help they can get in their development and missing all that time certainly doesn't help the situation.
3. Gilyard was hurt during training camp and also missed time. This places him even further behind the curve for picking up the NFL game.
4. The Buccaneers run a vertical pass attack offense. Their QB Josh Freeman has a Halitzer attatched to his shoulder and they run a lot of deep passing plays, compared to the Rams west coast passing offense this is not that complicated, run as fast as you can, we will throw it up in the air, you make a play. (the Rams could maybe learn from this) Yea it would be great to have Gilyard on the field and just tell him to go deep but thats not the player he is, and would seem to hamper his development further.
The problem with this argument is why didn't the Rams draft Williams, he was taken 2 spots after Gilyard and is the type of receiver we were looking for going into the draft, I don't necessarily believe the Rams could have seen the development of Amendola as a receiver coming like it has. Gilyard seemed at the time to be another slot receiver. The Rams need to get Gilyard on the field, run some wide receiver screens out of bunched sets or instead of faking an end-around maybe try handing the ball to Gilyard and see what he can do, but it is not fair to compare him to Mike Williams they are two different players at different points in their development. So there is my argument.