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Wide Receivers Need Not Apply!

I know it’s early but the mocks are already coming out of the wood work. So I wanted to present my case as to why the Ram’s will not draft a WR this spring.

Player Receiving Statistics 2013

NFL
Rank

Player

Pos

Games

Played

REC

YDS

Y/R

Y/G

TD

YAC

25+

First
Downs

TGT

REC%

243

Chris Givens

WR

13

34

569

16.74

35.6

0

265

6

27

83

41

244

Tavon Austin

WR

13

40

418

10.45

32.2

4

236

4

17

69

58

245

Austin Pettis

WR

16

38

399

10.5

24.9

4

122

3

25

63

60.3

246

Brian Quick

WR

16

18

302

16.78

18.9

2

107

3

15

34

52.9

248

Stedman Bailey

WR

16

17

226

13.29

14.1

0

45

1

10

25

68

The chart above looks to me like what we can expect to start next season with.

Chris Givens: Last year we were amazed at his long ball skills, and we expected the same from him this year. It seemed like he went backwards a few steps, but when you consider a back-up inaccurate QB he actually performed very well. He leads with the most catches of 25 or more yards, and accounts for the most first down catches by a WR.

Tavon Austin: There really isn’t much to argue about keeping Tavon, because he can produce big plays from multiple positions. Look for him and Stedman to have a breakout season.

Austin Pettis: This guy is like the rock of Gibraltar, he’s not awesome but very consistent. He’s shown the ability to catch the ball just about anywhere. His 25 first downs and 4 TD’s make him one to keep.

Brian Quick: This guy catches a lot of flak, but he’s actually contributed and show’s he can do the job.

Stedman Bailey: We all know there is no way Stedman will not play a big part in the next season. He’s shown us the highest reception percentage and he’s only going to get better.

Here is PFF’s Grades except for Stedman which they did not have listed:

Rank

Name

Snaps

Overall

Pass

Run

Blocking

Penalty

96

Chris Givens

798

-4.8

-5.5

-0.1

-0.4

1.2

84

Brian Quick

361

-1.7

-2.3

0.0

1.3

-0.7

75

Austin Pettis

598

-0.8

-0.2

0.0

-1.2

0.6

58

Tavon Austin

434

2.4

-2.8

3.1

0.9

1.2

Remember a "Zero" or close to it, is considered to be average. Positive means bette,r and of course negative means you are a "Bad Monkey!"

The interesting thing on this chart is all of them have reasonable blocking grades. Chris Givens scores poorly by PFF standards, but they didn’t consider he leads in first down catches, and yards per game.

As long as we are looking at Ram’s catching passes, we might as well examine the TE’s and Running backs.

Rank

Player

Pos

Games

REC

YDS

Y/R

Y/G

TD

YAC

25+

First
Downs

TGT

REC%

242

Jared Cook

TE

16

51

671

13.16

41.9

5

277

7

34

86

59.3

247

Lance Kendricks

TE

15

32

258

8.06

17.2

4

111

0

16

46

69.6

251

Cory Harkey

TE

15

13

113

8.69

7.5

2

113

1

7

18

72.2

254

Mike McNeill

TE

14

1

5

5

0.4

0

9

0

0

1

100

Jared Cook: We’ve already had a multitude of discussions over this man. His high salary and lack luster performance make most people think he needs to go. The funny thing is he had the most first downs of any player on the team. Jared had seven receptions of over 25 yards and 5 TD’s for the season. Does that mean he’s worth the money if we keep him? I really haven’t decided, and this data makes it a bit harder to figure out.

To confuse the issue more… look at the grades given by PFF:

Rank

Name

Snaps

Overall

Pass

Pass Block

Run Block

Penalty

57

Jared Cook

733

-4.2

0.1

0.7

-7.0

2.0

57

Lance Kendricks

588

-6.2

1.9

2.3

-12.8

2.4

Cook manages to show a respectable positive .7 in pass blocking and a dismal negative 7 in run blocking. Just guessing I would have thought the opposite would be true. Kendricks on the other hand excels at pass blocking and absolutely sucks as a run blocker. So what do we do now?

Last but not least let’s see how the running backs did catching the ball:

Rank

Player

Pos

Games

REC

YDS

Y/R

Y/G

TD

YAC

25+

First
Downs

TGT

REC%

249

Zac Stacy

RB

14

26

141

5.42

10.1

1

155

1

7

35

74.3

250

Daryl Richardson

RB

7

14

121

8.64

15.1

0

130

0

3

18

77.8

252

Isaiah Pead

RB

10

11

78

7.09

7.8

0

70

0

2

15

73.3

253

Benny Cunningham

RB

14

6

59

9.83

4.2

0

61

0

2

10

60

It’s easy to see that Stacy and Richardson hold a huge margin over Pead and Cunningham. I wouldn’t be surprised to see those last two get cut at some point. Two backs are enough for what Fisher has in mind.

Summary:

In conclusion I think we have an adequate group of pass catchers. With the Fisher run first scheme having found success, the need for a huge Megatron receiver is not really needed. Would it be nice to have one? You bet, but draft picks need to be spent with great care, because when you run out of them…you’re out.

Thanks for reading!

OCR

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