Besides the offensive line, fans and the media have been closely watching the St. Louis Rams' contest at wide receiver. A running tab of which pass catcher is getting reps with which unit has been a regular feature of live updates out of practice these last two weeks. With the first preseason game just two short days away, it seems like a good time to take a preliminary look at the depth chart for the wide receivers.
I have "WR1" and "WR2" listed there, as well as the slot, though the labels should not be construed as anything more than placeholders. Just ask offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
"I've been other places where you have a so-called No. 1 receiver and it's easy to double that guy," Schottenheimer said following Wednesday's practice. "We're looking for a bunch of weapons. They're hard to find when you put them in different spots all over the field. That way, we can take advantage of matchups."
It makes predicting the depth chart that much tougher.
"It's still very fluid," Schottey said of the arrangement at receiver. "There are going to be a lot of combinations that you guys will see, even working through the second and third preseason game as we're just trying to evaluate everybody."
|Brandon Gibson||Steve Smith*||Danny Amendola*|
|Brian Quick*||Chris Givens*||Austin Pettis|
|Danario Alexander||Greg Salas||Nick Johnson|
The asterisks indicate guys that are a near lock to make the final cut. Consistent to what Schottenheimer said, many of these guys can play more than one spot. Givens has mostly worked on the outside, but can operate out of the slot as well. Ditto Greg Salas and Austin Pettis.
Ten players vying for six spots on the roster, it makes for some real competition in the weeks ahead.
Who do you think should make the final cut?
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