The Rams carried six wide receivers in 2015 (Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens, Brian Quick and Bradley Marquez). A good bit has changed since then, with Givens being traded to Baltimore and Bailey being waived in early June.
What has remained the same is that the Rams are still looking for consistency among their WR corps, and for a potential high-volume target to work the intermediate levels. A short summary of each rostered WR's career with the Rams:
- Austin: bubble screens, sweeps, reverses and any other way to get him the ball without actually passing it further than five yards. A game-breaker with the ball in his hands, the Rams have struggled to get him involved in intermediate/deep passing. De facto #1.
- Britt: second in the NFL in yards per reception (18.9) last year. A solid deep threat but not a high-volume target. Can take over a game AND disappear within two weeks.
- Quick: all hypothetical and little production. When healthy, he flashes the ability to be a #1 WR but not the consistency in hauling in contested catches, beating press coverage and being a true game-breaker. Quick signed a 1-year prove it deal this offseason, and is likely on the bubble if he doesn't have a good camp.
- Marquez: showed very good hands and route running with limited snaps. Took over Bailey's role after his injury. Finished with 13 receptions on 22 targets. A core special teams player (11 tackles and 2 forced fumbles in 16 games), he will likely be safe due to his experience there (but who knows for sure).
We assume that fourth round-pick Pharoh Cooper and sixth round-pick Michael Thomas are safe, considering Cooper is drawing rave reviews in OTAs and Thomas is a developmental prospect with deep ball skills and contested catching ability.
So, who is the sixth man? Here's how you voted, given the option of Quick or UDFA's Duke Williams and Nelson Spruce:
POLL: who would you have take the final WR roster spot? Assume Austin, Britt, Cooper, Marquez, Thomas safe.— TurfShowTimes (@TurfShowTimes) June 16, 2016
It appears that 62% of you were ready to move on from Quick.
Thoughts? Get at us in the comments...