Rams Search for Veteran Help at Receiver

Ron Clements@Ron_ClementsCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 16: Ruvell Martin #82 of the Green Bay Packers catches the ball under pressure during the game against the St. Louis Rams on December 16, 2007 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Packers beat the Rams 33-14.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

When you finish a game with zero points, 17 completions, and only 191 passing yards, it's pretty easy to figure out that you have a weakness, or two, or three.

The St. Louis Rams were shut out Sunday 28-0 in Seattle, thanks to a plethora of penalties, dumb mental mistakes, poor tackling, and a dead offense.

Quarterback Marc Bulger was sacked three times, and completed just 17 of 36 pass attempts. Twelve of the 17 attempts were to wide receivers with tight ends Randy McMichael (four) and Billy Bajema (one) accounting for the other five catches.

Steven Jackson, one of the best pass-catching backs in football, had just 16 touches, all on the ground for 67 yards.

So, according to several league and online sources, the Rams brought in several veteran players Tuesday to try to help the hapless offense.

Wide receivers David Tyree, formerly of the New York Giants, former Green Bay Packer Ruvell Martin, former New Orleans Saint Skyler Green, and former Tennessee Titan Chris Davis (pictured) were all brought in for workouts.

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo is familiar with Tyree, who, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, did not have a good workout.

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Davis may be the most athletic of the group, but is coming off a hamstring injury that cost him a roster spot in Tennessee.

Martin has the size and speed to be the best option here. He's also well-known for his downfield blocking ability, something Jackson would love to have on the field.

Martin, 27, spent three years in Green Bay under the West Coast offense and would have a similar fourth or fifth receiver role in St. Louis.

The Rams may also look at Hank Baskett, who was released by Philadelphia on Tuesday. Signing Baskett, who burnt the Rams for a 90-yard score last year, would reunite him with Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who was an assistant with the Eagles prior to joining Spagnuolo's staff this year.

St. Louis had been interested in Bobby Wade, but the former Minnesota Vikings receiver signed with Kansas City on Tuesday.

The Post-Dispatch also reports that the Rams worked out running back Chauncey Washington, a seventh-round pick by Jacksonville in 2008, and veteran linebacker Paris Lenon, a three-year starter for Detroit who was in New England’s camp this summer. Lenon could be a possible replacement for Chris Draft, who was released last Thursday after refusing to take a paycut.