It seemed like things might be different, but on the same day that the St. Louis Rams bellyflopped in Detroit they may have also lost their best wide receiver. Mark Clayton hurt his knee extending for a catch. As his knee collapsed, it might have taken the Rams season with it.
It's being reported now that Clayton's done for the season.
Clayton might be lost for the season with what's being reported as a torn patella tendon, the kneecap. Stay tuned for details, but it doesn't look good. With Avery and Clayton out, the Rams have a real need for bodies on the outside, flanker and split end. Laurent Robinson would ideally be the man, but he's been a huge disappointment this season after showing some real potential last year. Brandon Gibson would also be a candidate if only he could catch a ball with any consistency.
Damn shame San Diego wanted the moon for Vincent Jackson. Too late now anyway, the Rams need the draft picks.
Looking elsewhere for answers, they've called on recently released Washington receiver Devin Thomas. Drafted one spot after Donnie Avery in the second round of the 2008 draft, Thomas never, ahem, caught on in DC, though those were rather tumultuous times in suburban Maryland. Thomas will be in for a workout this week.
Could Thomas help the Rams? That depends. He was kind of a Combine wonder kid with a 4.40 forty that made teams take note, but hasn't done much in the NFL. He was also one of those players who had just one notable year in college. The Shananhans seemed to think he had a lack of interest in practicing and earning his spot with the team. Considering how much we keep hearing about receivers not being ready, you wonder if they can really afford to take on a project right now. Thomas has the potential to work on the outside and fills a need for the Rams.