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In Pro Football Focus' analysis of the St. Louis Rams' depth chart, every wide receiver (and tight end, for that matter) is graded either average or below-average, which is problematic for a team trying to help Sam Bradford reach the potential he displayed in his Heisman-winning college career.
The safety position is far from settled as well, but the concern in St. Louis has to be not whether the right receivers are on the roster, but whether they'll break out in 2014.
The Rams have amassed plenty of depth at receiver, with a nice mix of outside talent and slot receivers. But the big issue here is that there's not a go-to target for Bradford, let alone a true No. 1. Chris Givens played the most snaps of any Rams wideout in 2013 with 798. He was targeted 77 times but brought in just 34 receptions for a catch rate of 44.2, the team's lowest, per Pro Football Focus.
Kenny Britt, newly acquired from Tennessee, could be a reboot for both this Rams receiving corps and Britt's career, which has been marred by injuries and character issues...or his arrival could be yet another area of concern for this unit. Still, he's demonstrated playmaking ability this offseason.
Second-year player Tavon Austin began his rookie year playing almost primarily in the slot, but it was when Brian Schottenheimer finally began to move him around the field to take advantage of his skill set that he started to flash.
But the first-round pick, for whom the Rams traded up in last year's draft, didn't consistently deliver on his potential last season, due in part to that early misuse by Schottenheimer. He had a catch rate of 61.5 percent and more drops (five) than touchdowns (four), per Pro Football Focus. St. Louis needs him to break out in his second year, along with Stedman Bailey.
Austin Pettis received the second-most snaps last season with 598 and tied Austin for the lead in touchdowns with four. The Rams also return Brian Quick, who has intriguing potential but has yet to deliver.
St. Louis has plenty of depth at the position, and on paper it should finally be the strong unit Bradford has needed throughout his career with the Rams. But delayed breakouts by first-rounders and troubled veterans are two of a handful of concerns about this unit.