May 11, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Chris Givens (13) runs during mini camp at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford might have a new group of receivers to work with this season, except for one familiar face. A report from Pro Football Weekly, cites a team source who says that there are only three receivers on the roster now who are locks to make the final cut. Those three are this year's draft picks Brian Quick and Chris Givens along with Danny Amendola.
Another addition this year, Steve Smith, has a chance to be the fourth receiver on the list, but he has to prove that he is healthy and still maintains his ability to separate from defenders.
"If Steve Smith is healthy, I'd expect him to be the fourth guy," a team insider told PFW. "But after that, it really is up in the air between Brandon Gibson, Danario Alexander, Austin Pettis and Greg Salas.
Assuming the Rams keep the standard six receivers, that leaves a handful of players vying for two spots.
Pettis starts the season with a two-game suspension. He seems like a long-shot to me anyway. Gibson and Alexander have shown flashes, but never seemed to put it all together enough to be consistent options for the Rams. Health is another factor working against Alexander, who has had five knee surgeries.
Salas had a pretty good showing in limited work last season before suffering a broken leg. He looks like he could be a shifty possession receiver, and a potential replacement should the team not want to pay Amendola big bucks as a free agent next season.
None of this comes as a huge surprise. New coaching staffs mean a different look to the roster, and the Rams' receivers have never lived up to expectations.