In desperate need for anyone who can catch passes, the St. Louis Rams have something to look forward to this week with the anticipated return of TE Michael Hoomanawanui.
Buggered by injury, Illinois Mike has played in just 7 games for the Rams, but he's been productive in those games. The rookie TE had 13 catches on 22 targets for 146 yards and 3 touchdowns. His 1.7 percent DVOA (per Football Outsiders) is better than the Rams other tight ends, Billy Bajema and Daniel Fells, who both have negative DVOA.
And how does he figure into the matchup against Seattle? Seattle, with a solid group of linebackers, does pretty well against opposing tight ends. Seattle has the 4th best DVOA against tight ends, -13.6 percent DVOA. Tampa Bay must not have received the memo since TE Kellen Winslow had 7 catches for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Seattle this week.
The good news for the Rams here is that Seattle pass defense has been weak against receivers, which Bradford took advantage of in their last meeting, completing 23 of 41 passes for 289 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT.