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Danny Amendola's greusome elbow injury in the 2011 season opener ended his year.
There may not be another position on the roster more key to the Rams’ success than this. For years, the Rams have struggled without a true No. 1 receiver. Some may argue that the Rams still don’t have one. The Rams are hoping that second-round pick Brian Quick can be that difference-making deep threat and top-tier pass catcher.
Quick wowed coach Jeff Fisher, receivers coach Ray Sherman, quarterback Tom Brandstater and Kellen Clemens and general manager Les Snead when they worked out the Appalachian State receiver in Boone, N.C.
Quick is a sure thing to make the team, and it’s assumed that fourth-round pick Chris Givens, last year’s fourth-rounder Greg Salas, the team’s leading receiver from 2010 Danny Amendola and free-agent acquisition Steve Smith will comprise five of the team’s receivers.
That could mean that Brandon Gibson, who caught 36 passes last year, the oft-injured Danario Alexander, who led the team with a 16.6 yards-per-catch average, and Austin Pettis, last year’s third-round pick who still has to serve two more games of a four-game suspension, could be left waiting in the wind when the final cuts are made.
Amendola dislocated his elbow in the 2011 season opener after leading the team with 85 catches in 2010. While he’ll likely make the team, Quick is probably the only lock. Amendola may be a security blanket and a tough, sure-handed receiver, but he’s a small wideout with just above-average speed and he isn’t a difference maker—as told by his paltry eight yards-per-catch average.
Salas is essentially a bigger version of Amendola and is coming off a broken leg. Smith has had knee issues, and it remains to be seen if he’s still the same receiver that led the league in receptions in 2009.