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The Rams need both explosion (speed) and production. With Fisher running the show, look for the Rams to pass on high-dollar potential malcontents DeSean Jackson and Vincent Jackson. I would also expect that, coming off a 2-14 season and probably being a year or more away, that the Rams pass on Reggie Wayne, who is 33.
With that, let us take a look at who I feel the Rams should/could target in free agency:
1, Brandon Lloyd, 6'0:
Lloyd has been on record saying that he likes the Fisher hire and noted that Fisher can adapt to emphasizing either a running or passing offense, based on personnel. Furthermore, Lloyd developed a good rapport quickly in 2011 with Sam Bradford, so he has already proven to be able to develop some chemistry here, which sets him apart from the rest of the pack.
Lloyd will be 31 this fall, however, he is built similar to Isaac Bruce who maintained a high-level of play into his middle 30's. I believe Lloyd has several good years left, too.
In addition, Lloyd has had two seasons where he played a half year or left, so he has fewer miles on him than many receivers do at the same age.
2. Stevie Johnson, 6'2:
Johnson has averaged 79 receptions over the past two seasons in Buffalo at 13 yards per catch the last and almost 9 touchdowns. As we know too well, the Rams have struggled in the red zone and have struggled to score touchdowns in general.
Johnson has 4.45 speed and good size at 6'2. He can get deep but is also a good route runner. His production is obviously there, making him a potentially outstanding building block for St. Louis and a legitimate number one target for Bradford for the next seven or eight seasons.
Although Johnson and the Bills have stated a desire to work it out, Johnson is open to hitting the free agent market, saying:
Of course I'm hoping Buffalo will step up, but if not and I hit the market in free agency, then Buffalo is in the picture no matter what. But to be in free agency to see what other teams are saying, that's also good.
3. Pierre Garcon, 6'0:
Garcon, like Johnson, is just 25 and would be a foundation piece for the St. Louis offense for many years to come. Even without Peyton Manning in 2011, Garcon managed to pull down 70 catches and six touchdowns at 13.5 yards per reception.
Like Johnson also, Garcon will likely be tough to pry away from his current team, the Colts, but would be a great addition and a number one receiver in St. Louis.
Garcon has run a sub-4.4 second 40 yard dash and has the type of speed the Rams so desperately need. With a good running game sure to be in place, having deep threats at wide receiver will make it very tricky for defensive coordinators who would like to sneak safeties up but would think twice with a player like Garcon on the outside.
4. Robert Meachem, 6'2:
The 27-year-old Meachem, playing on a roster with a very deep receiving corps, posted 40 catches for the Saints at 15.5 yards per reception and six touchdowns in 2011.
Meachem is not a better player than my number five target below, however, he would come cheaper and he could be a second free agent wide receiver addition because of that, theoretically. At 6'2 and with 4.4 speed, Meachem brings the size and deep speed that St. Louis needs.
5. Dwayne Bowe, 6'2:
Bowe's resume boasts good height, great size and outstanding production while never playing with a quarterback as talented as Sam Bradford.
Bowe, 27, managed 81 catches at over 14 yards per reception and five touchdowns in 2011, playing with a variety of average quarterbacks.
Bowe has a penchant for tough, highlight reel catches and can go up high for the ball, while also showing good toughness and a willingness to go across the middle. He is good after the catch as well, and excels on crossing routes and slants, passes that seem to suit Bradford well.
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