The St. Louis Rams went through cornerbacks last season like DeSean Jackson burns through money. Among the more disheartening names on the casualty list was Bradley Fletcher, due to breakout in a big way in his third season. Unfortunately, things ended badly after four games when he tore the ACL in his right knee for the second time in three years.
Now Fletcher is on the road to recovery, ahead of schedule. According to a profile on the Rams' official website, Fletcher is participating in team workouts this spring and his recovery is ahead of schedule. He expects to be completely recovered by the time training camp starts this summer.
"I am able to do everything and not holding out of anything. My knee is coming along really well. I am happy about the way things are going and just the opportunity to compete every day. I am ahead of schedule. I am looking forward to these next couple days of practice and then coming back for camp and being ready to go."
Fletcher is still not twisting and turning and burning up the track at the same level he was used to doing things.
As of now, Janoris Jenkins is expected to win the starting job opposite Cortland Finnegan. Some of that may have more to do with the different system used by head coach Jeff Fisher, who is less strictly press-man than his predecessor at Rams Park was.
A healthy Fletcher could be essential to the Rams this season, who could really use some strong play in the secondary. If he is a full go, he could still see plenty of time as the third corner in the nickel packages. He is due to be a free agent, as we discussed previously, and could be a real value on the open market.